M.V. Yorktown’s 4th July Lake Michigan Cruise From Chicago to Mackinac Island

Yorktown at Saugatuck

The Yorktown, shown here at Saugatuck, cruises the Great Lakes by summer

Travel Dynamics International of New York have announced a special celebratory 5-night 4th of July cruise, to depart from Chicago in its 2,354-ton 130-berth Great Lakes cruise ship Yorktown, on which The Cruise People Ltd have an allocation of cabins.

Calls will be made at three Michigan ports – Saugatuck, Charlevoix and Mackinac Island, with fares beginning at $995 per person in double occupancy. This 5-night cruise will include welcome and farewell receptions on board the Yorktown, a complete programme of tours and excursions, on-board lectures and complimentary wine and beer with lunch and dinner.

Departing Chicago on Wednesday, July 3, the Yorktown will visit Saugatuck for the traditional 4th July fireworks. Friday, July 5, will see your ship visiting Charlevoix and Saturday, July 5, the famed Mackinac Island, where no cars are allowed and transport is by horse-drawn carriage and bicycle. Sunday will be spent cruising Lake Michigan and the ship will arrive back in Chicago for Monday morning, with disembarkation taking place after breakfast.

Mackinac Island

Enjoy Saturday in automobile-free Mackinac Island before spending Sunday cruising back to Chicago

Cabin Code Cabin Description Cruise Fares
E Outside cabins on Main Deck with portholes $995 (sold out)
D Outside cabins on Lounge Deck with windows $1,195 (sold out)
C Outside cabins on Promenade Deck with windows $1,295
B Outside cabins on Main Deck with windows $1,495
A Outside cabins on Lounge Deck with windows $1,695
AA Outside cabins on Promenade or Lounge Deck with windows $1,995
S Superior outside cabins on Sun Deck with balcony $2,395

Click here for further details or call The Cruise People Ltd in London on 020 7723 2450 or Freephone 0800 526 313, or e-mail cruise@cruisepeople.co.uk.

In the US or Canada please call The Cruise People Ltd in Toronto toll free on 1-800-961-5536 or e-mail cruise@thecruisepeople.ca.

Travel Dynamics International Revives The Traditional Cruise From Chicago to Mackinac

New York-based Travel Dynamics International will revive an old tradition this July the 4th when it sends its 130-berth 2,354-ton Yorktown on a 5-night cruise from Chicago to Mackinac Island.

A Week's Cruise

Cruises from Chicago to Mackinac Island, 1913 brochure

A favourite of summer cruisers from Chicago in the past, Mackinac Island, at the junction of Lakes Michigan and Huron, is famed for being an island where no cars are allowed and transport is by horse-drawn carriage and bicycle.

Calls will also be made at the Michigan ports of Saugatuck, for its art galleries, and Charlevoix, for its sand dunes, with fares starting at $995 per person in double occupancy. Fare includes welcome and farewell receptions, a complete program of tours and excursions, ship lectures and complimentary wine and beer with lunch and dinner.

Yorktown in Charlevoix

Travel Dynamics’ m.v.  Yorktown in Charlevoix, Michigan

Departing Chicago on Wednesday, July 3, the Yorktown will be in Saugatuck for the traditional 4th July fireworks celebration. Friday, July 5, will see her visit the rolling hills of charming Charlevoix and on Saturday, July 5, the day will be spent at Mackinac Island. Sunday will be dedicated to a daytime cruise of Lake Michigan, for arrival back in Chicago in time for disembarkation after breakfast on Monday.

Cabin Code Cabin Description Cruise Fare
E Outside cabins on Main Deck with portholes $995 (sold out)
D Outside cabins on Lounge Deck with windows $1,195 (sold out)
C Outside cabins on Promenade Deck with windows $1,295
B Outside cabins on Main Deck with windows $1,495
A Outside cabins on Lounge Deck with windows $1,695
AA Outside cabins on Promenade or Lounge Deck with windows $1,995
S Superior outside cabins on Sun Deck with balcony $2,395

For further details please call The Cruise People Ltd in London on 020 7723 2450 or Freephone 0800 526 313, or e-mail cruise@cruisepeople.co.uk. In the US or Canada please call The Cruise People Ltd in Toronto toll free on 1-800-961-5536 or e-mail cruise@thecruisepeople.ca.

Special 5-night 4th of July Great Lakes Cruise in Travel Dynamics International’s m.v. Yorktown: Chicago To Mackinac Island

Yorktown at Saugatuck

The Yorktown, shown here at Saugatuck, cruises the Great Lakes by summer

Travel Dynamics International of New York have just announced a special celebratory 5-night 4th of July cruise, to depart from Chicago in its 2,354-ton 130-berth Great Lakes cruise ship Yorktown, on which The Cruise People Ltd have taken an allocation of cabins.

Calls will be made at three Michigan ports – Saugatuck, Charlevoix and Mackinac Island, with fares beginning at $995 per person in double occupancy. This 5-night cruise will include welcome and farewell receptions on board the Yorktown, a complete programme of tours and excursions, on-board lectures and complimentary wine and beer with lunch and dinner.

Departing Chicago on Wednesday, July 3, the Yorktown will visit Saugatuck for the traditional 4th July fireworks. Friday, July 5, will see your ship visiting Charlevoix and Saturday, July 5, the famed Mackinac Island, where no cars are allowed and transport is by horse-drawn carriage and bicycle. Sunday will be spent cruising Lake Michigan and the ship will arrive back in Chicago for Monday morning, with disembarkation taking place after breakfast.

Mackinac Island

Enjoy Saturday in automobile-free Mackinac Island before spending Sunday cruising back to Chicago

Cabin Code Cabin Description Cruise Fares
E Outside cabins on Main Deck with portholes $995 (sold out)
D Outside cabins on Lounge Deck with windows $1,195 (sold out)
C Outside cabins on Promenade Deck with windows $1,295
B Outside cabins on Main Deck with windows $1,495
A Outside cabins on Lounge Deck with windows $1,695
AA Outside cabins on Promenade or Lounge Deck with windows $1,995
S Superior outside cabins on Sun Deck with balcony $2,395

For further details please call The Cruise People Ltd in London on 020 7723 2450 or Freephone 0800 526 313, or e-mail cruise@cruisepeople.co.uk. In the US or Canada call The Cruise People Ltd in Toronto toll free on 1-800-961-5536 or e-mail cruise@thecruisepeople.ca.

Great Lakes & St Lawrence Cruising Calendar for Travel Dynamics’ m.v. Yorktown in 2013

Cruisers on board the mv Yorktown enjoy the approach to Saugatuck, Michigan

June 10–22, 2013 (12 nights) Gloucester Mass to Montreal
June 22–July 3, 2013 (11 nights) Montreal to Chicago via the Seaway
July 8-15, 2013 (7 nights) Chicago to Toronto via the Lakes
July 15-22, 2013 (7 nights) Toronto to Chicago via the Lakes
July 22-29, 2013 (7 nights) Chicago to Toronto via the Lakes
July 29-August 8, 2013 (10 nights)……. Toronto to Duluth via the Lakes
August 8-18, 2013 (10 nights) Duluth to Toronto via the Lakes
August 18-25, 2013 (7 nights) Toronto to Chicago via the Lakes
August 26-Sept 6, 2013 (11 nights) Chicago to Montreal via the Seaway
Sept 6-18, 2013 (12 nights) Montreal to Gloucester Mass
Sept 18-30, 2013 (12 nights) Gloucester Mass to Montreal
Sept 30-Oct 12, 2013 (12 nights) Montreal to Gloucester Mass
Winter Cruises in Central America Link to Belize and Guatemala cruises

Travel Dynamics International has been offering small ship cruises since 1969, first in New England and the St Lawrence and later also in Antarctica. The company first offered cruises in the Great Lakes on chartered vessels, then in 2009 and 2010 ran its own 100-berth Clelia II, which it replaced in 2012 with the 138-berth Yorktown, a proven ship that can carry about a third more passengers.

Fares for the 2013 Great Lakes cruises are in US Dollars, as outlined in the links above. All cabins are outside. There are four S Superiors with private balcony; four AA’s with convertible twin/double beds; fourteen A’s and nine B’s with twin beds on corridors; twenty-six C’s and six D’s with twin beds with access to the outside passageways; and six E’s with twin beds, portholes and access to a corridor. All cabins are en suite. All except Category E have picture windows.

Cruise Fares Include:

  • Cruise aboard the 138-guest Yorktown
  • Complete program of tours and excursions
  • Welcome and farewell cocktail receptions aboard ship
  • All meals aboard ship
  • Wine with lunch and dinner aboard ship
  • Educational program of lectures and discussions by accompanying study leaders
  • Professional Travel Dynamics International tour staff
  • Complete pre-departure materials
  • Gratuities to guides and drivers

Cruise Fares Do Not Include

Port and embarkation taxes (as listed with fares); Airfare; visa and passport fees (if applicable); transfers; luggage and trip cancellation insurance; meals, soft drinks, and alcoholic beverages other than those specified above; personal expenses such as laundry, telephone calls, faxes, and e-mail service; and gratuities to shipboard personnel.

Deck Plan and Cabin Layouts

For a full deck plan and cabin layouts please click here.

Full details of these m.v. Yorktown cruises are available from The Cruise People Ltd in London, England. Please call  +44 (0)20 7723 2450 or e-mail cruise@cruisepeople.co.uk for further information.

UK and European Travel Agents welcome to enquire.

Cruise the Great Lakes from Toronto to Duluth or v.v. in the m.v. Yorktown – 10 nights – July & August 2013

Nearly 15,000 years ago, the last of the great glaciers retreated, leaving us with the legacy of the Great Lakes. Although they are called lakes, they are in reality vast inland seas that comprise one-fifth of the world’s fresh surface water. First used as a means of transport by Algonquin and Iroquois tribes, the lakes became a thriving commercial hub and a heavily travelled waterway with the arrival of European settlers. More than fifty years ago, the Great Lakes were the busiest waterway in the world and North America’s treasured summer destination. Setting forth from vibrant Toronto, venture through Lake Ontario to transit the modern engineering achievement of the Welland Canal and visit Niagara Falls before entering Lake Erie. Visit the glittering city of Detroit, which has enjoyed a renaissance, then sail Lake Huron and explore beautiful Mackinac Island, a Victorian-era haven at the entrance to Lake Michigan. From Sault Ste Marie, there is the option to enjoy a train ride through the dramatic scenery of the Agawa Canyon. After transitting the Soo Locks, enter Lake Superior, the largest and deepest of the Great Lakes. Sail along the impressive Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore and revel in the pristine beauty of the Keweenaw Peninsula before reaching Duluth. For a truly rewarding voyage of discovery, join us aboard the 138-guest Yorktown as we explore the storied Great Lakes.

Itinerary

Program Dates:
July 29 – August 8, 2013
August 8 – 18, 2013 *

Day 1 • TORONTO, Ontario, Canada | EMBARK

Day 2 • LAKE ONTARIO | WELLAND CANAL | NIAGARA FALLS | LAKE ERIE

Day 3 • CRUISING LAKE ERIE | DETROIT

Day 4 • DETROIT

Day 5 • ALPENA | PRESQUE ISLE | ALPENA, Michigan

Day 6 • MACKINAC ISLAND

Day 7 • MANISTIQUE

Day 8 • SAULT STE. MARIE, Michigan | AGAWA CANYON, Ontario

Day 9 • PICTURED ROCKS | MARQUETTE

Day 10 • HOUGHTON, Keweenaw Peninsula

Day 11 • DULUTH, Minnesota | DISEMBARK | FLY HOME

*This voyage operates between Duluth and Toronto from August 8 – 18

Cabin Code Cabin Description Regular Rate
E Outside cabins on Main Deck with portholes $5,395
D Outside cabins on Lounge Deck with windows $6,295
C Outside cabins on Promenade Deck with windows $6,995
B Outside cabins on Main Deck with windows $7,695
A Outside cabins on Lounge Deck with windows $8,395
AA Outside cabins on Promenade or Lounge Deck with windows $8,995
S Superior outside cabins on Sun Deck with balcony $9,595

PORT CHARGES are $235 per person additional.

SINGLE RATES: A limited number of cabins are available for solo travellers in categories C-A at the an additional charge of $995. Categories AA & Superior are available at double the per person, double occupancy rates.

DECK PLAN AND CABIN LAYOUTS

For a full deck plan and cabin layouts please click here.

Full details of these m.v. Yorktown cruises are available from The Cruise People Ltd in London, England. Please call  +44 (0)20 7723 2450 or e-mail cruise@cruisepeople.co.uk for further information.

Cruise the Seaway from Montreal to Chicago or v.v. in the m.v. Yorktown – 11 nights – June & August 2013

This is a voyage to some of the most magnificent wonders of North America, one on which you’ll discover vibrant towns and vast expanses of natural splendour. Starting from Montreal, Yorktown sails through the St Lawrence Seaway, one of the world’s greatest technological and engineering achievements, cruising through the scenic Thousand Islands to reach Lake Ontario. Spend a day visiting Kingston’s many cultural sites before witnessing the dramatic man-made marvel of the Welland Canal, where its seven locks will lift our ship 320 feet and our gateway to nearby Niagara Falls. Savour the sunsets on Lake Huron; enjoy a train ride through the dramatic scenery of the Agawa Canyon, and explore beautiful Mackinac Island, a Victorian-era haven at the entrance to Lake Michigan, before sailing its shores to magnificent Chicago.

Itinerary

Program Dates:
June 22 – July 3, 2013
August 26 – September 6, 2013 *

Day 1 • MONTREAL, Quebec, Canada | EMBARK

Day 2  • THE ST. LAWRENCE SEAWAY

Day 3 • KINGSTON, Ontario, Canada

Day 4 • PORT WELLER | WELLAND CANAL | NIAGARA FALLS | LAKE ERIE

Day 5 • Cruising Lake Erie | Detroit, Michigan

Day 6 • DETROIT | CRUISING LAKE HURON

Day 7 • ALPENA | PRESQUE ISLE | ALPENA, Michigan

Day 8 • SAULT STE. MARIE, Michigan | AGAWA CANYON, Ontario, Canada

Day 9 • MACKINAC ISLAND

Day 10 • CHARLEVOIX

Day 11 • SAUGATUCK

Day 12 • CHICAGO, Illinois | DISEMBARK | FLY HOME

*August 26 – September 6, 2013 operates from Chicago to Montreal

Cabin Code Cabin Description Regular Rate
E Outside cabins on Main Deck with portholes $5,995
D Outside cabins on Lounge Deck with windows $6,595
C Outside cabins on Promenade Deck with windows $7,595
B Outside cabins on Main Deck with windows $8,395
A Outside cabins on Lounge Deck with windows $8,995
AA Outside cabins on Promenade or Lounge Deck with windows $9,595
S Superior outside cabins on Sun Deck with balcony $9,995

PORT CHARGES are $240 per person additional.

SINGLE RATES: A limited number of cabins are available for solo travellers in categories C-A at an additional charge of $1,095. Categories AA & Superior are available at double the per person, double occupancy rates.

DECK PLAN AND CABIN LAYOUTS

For a full deck plan and cabin layouts please click here.

Full details of these m.v. Yorktown cruises are available from The Cruise People Ltd in London, England. Please call  +44 (0)20 7723 2450 or e-mail cruise@cruisepeople.co.uk for further information.

Cruise the Great Lakes in Seven Days, Chicago to Toronto or Vice Versa, in the m.v. Yorktown – July & August 2013

One of the great natural wonders of the world. The Great Lakes and the land that surrounds them is undoubtedly one of the world’s most magnificent cruising areas, and this voyage encompasses the region’s most treasured destinations. On this unique itinerary, set sail from Chicago, one of America’s most striking and historic cities with its well-preserved architecture and rich cultural traditions. Explore the delightful town of Saugatuck, nestled along Lake Michigan’s great sand dunes and Mackinac Island’s bygone Victorian charms. Continue through Lake Huron, sailing past the city of Detroit and into Lake Erie on our way to the Welland Canal and Niagara Falls. Our voyage concludes in vibrant Toronto.

Itinerary

Program Dates:
July 8 – 15, 2013
July 15 – 22, 2013 *
July 22 – 29, 2013
August 18 – 25, 2013 *

Day 1 • CHICAGO, Illinois | EMBARK

Day 2 • SAUGATUCK, Michigan

Day 3 • CHARLEVOIX

Day 4 • MACKINAC ISLAND

Day 5 • CRUISING LAKE HURON and LAKE ERIE

Day 6 • CLEVELAND, Ohio

Day 7 • PORT WELLER | WELLAND CANAL | NIAGARA FALLS | LAKE ERIE

Day 8 • TORONTO, Ontario, Canada | DISEMBARK

* July 15 – 22 and August 18 – 25, 2013, operate in reverse direction from Toronto to Chicago

Cabin Code Cabin Description Regular Rate
E Outside cabins on Main Deck with portholes $4,395
D Outside cabins on Lounge Deck with windows $4,995
C Outside cabins on Promenade Deck with windows $5,595
B Outside cabins on Main Deck with windows $6,195
A Outside cabins on Lounge Deck with windows $6,595
AA Outside cabins on Promenade or Lounge Deck with windows $6,995
S Superior outside cabins on Sun Deck with balcony $7,895

PORT CHARGES are $195 per person additional.

SINGLE RATES: A limited number of cabins are available for solo travellers in categories C-A at the an additional charge of $895. Categories AA & Superior are available at double the per person, double occupancy rates.

DECK PLAN AND CABIN LAYOUTS

For a full deck plan and cabin layouts please click here.

Full details of these m.v. Yorktown cruises are available from The Cruise People Ltd in London, England. Please call  +44 (0)20 7723 2450 or e-mail cruise@cruisepeople.co.uk for further information.

New Great Lakes Itineraries and Fares Soon to Follow for Yorktown 2013

Yorktown alongside at Detroit as she prepares to sail on one of her last 2012 Great Lakes cruises

Stay tuned as we will shortly be bringing you details of the Yorktown‘s 2013 Great Lakes season.

The 2013 Program is Now Available Here.

This winter she will be south in New Orleans and in Belize and Guatemala, details of which are available here. To be noted is that the single supplement has been waived on a number of cabins.

For further details please call The Cruise People Ltd in London on 020 7723 2450 or e-mail cruise@cruisepeople.co.uk.
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Travel Dynamics International 2012 Great Lakes Cruising Calendar for the m.v. Yorktown

Your 2012 Great Lakes Cruising Calendar for the m.v. Yorktown

The 2013 Program is Now Available Here.

June 5–16, 2012 (11 nights) Montreal to Chicago via the Seaway
June 16–23, 2012 (7 nights) Chicago to Detroit via the Lakes
June 23–30, 2012 (7 nights) Detroit to Chicago via the Lakes
June 30–July 7, 2012 (7 nights) Chicago to Detroit via the Lakes
July 7–14, 2012 (7 nights) Detroit to Chicago via the Lakes
July 14–21, 2012 (7 nights) Chicago to Detroit via the Lakes
July 21–Aug 1, 2012, (11 nights) Detroit to Duluth via the Lakes
August 1–11, 2012 (10 nights) Duluth to Detroit via the Lakes
August 11–18, 2012 (7 nights) Detroit to Chicago via the Lakes
August 18–Sept 1, 2012 (14 nights) Chicago to Quebec via the Seaway
August 25–Sept 1, 2012 (7 nights)     ………….. Detroit to Quebec via the Seaway
Sept 1–8, 2012 (7 nights) Quebec to Detroit via the Seaway
Sept 8–15, 2012 (7 nights) Detroit to Quebec via the Seaway

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Travel Dynamics International has been offering small ship cruises since 1969, first in New England and the St Lawrence and later also in Antarctica. The company returns to the Great Lakes in 2012 with a proven ship that can carry about a third more passengers than the Clelia II, which it used in the Great Lakes in 2009 and 2010.

The 2013 Program is Now Available Here.

Welcome to Cruising the Great Lakes

The Cruising the Great Lakes blog has been developed to promote within Europe the Great Lakes and other cruise programs offered by the 2,354-ton m.v. Yorktown. This 130-berth ship has been acquired by Travel Dynamics International of New York, which offered its first season of Great Lakes cruises in 2004 with the 4,050-ton Orion and returned in 2009 with the 4,077-ton Clelia II. As in 2004, 2009 and 2010, a full season of Great Lakes cruises was offered between June and September 2012 while US coastal waterways and Central America cruises are offered at other times of the year. The Yorktown returns to the Great Lakes in 2013.

The 2013 Program is Now Available Here.

Completed by First Coast Shipbuilding in Coral Springs, Florida, in 1988, as the Yorktown Clipper, she is the largest active US-flag coastal cruise ship. She was operated for many years by Clipper Cruise Line of St Louis, Missouri, and first came into the Great Lakes in 1992, when she operated a series of cruises between Charlottetown PEI and Rochester NY and Rochester and Quebec City, before being replaced in the Great Lakes by the smaller 108-berth Nantucket Clipper. In 2006, the Yorktown Clipper was acquired by Cruise West of Seattle and became the Spirit of Yorktown, under which name she operated in Alaska and on the West Coast until Cruise West closed in September 2010.

The Yorktown is the perfect vessel for relaxed and convivial exploration of America’s great coastal waterways. With a 257-foot length and 43-foot beam, on a draft of 8 feet, she has the same dimensions as the old St Lawrence canallers, the maximum size ship that could reach the Atlantic Ocean from the Great Lakes before the opening of the St Lawrence Seaway in 1959.

By comparison with the Yorktown, the Georgian Bay Line’s 2,317-ton North American, which operated Great Lakes cruises for fifty years, had a slightly lower tonnage but slightly larger dimensions, at 280 x 47 feet, and carried 400 passengers. Her near sister ship, the 2,662-ton South American, was slightly larger again.

With her compact size, the Yorktown is able to manoeuver into secluded waterways and to visit small ports that are inaccessible to larger vessels. And Yorktown’s American registry makes it possible to operate domestic itineraries unavailable to foreign-flag ships. Like the  Georgian Bay Line ships, the Yorktown features a walk-around promenade deck and all-outside cabins, but unlike the older ships, which were retired in the 1960s, the Yorktown is fully air conditioned and every cabin is en suite, in addition to which all the passengers dine at one seating.

Fares include your cruise, all meals, all shore excursions and lectures, welcome and farewell cocktail parties, all soft drinks and wine and beer with lunch and dinner, the on-board educational program and port and embarkation fees. They do not include flights and transfers and you are left to your own discretion to tip your service personnel.

Occasionally, if they are available, we will also list offers by other operators in the Great Lakes, including Plantours of Germany, who will be operating a 16-night Montreal-Great Lakes round trip on their 400-berth ms Hamburg in September 2014. This ship cruised the Great Lakes betqween 1997 and 2011 as Hapag-Lloyd Cruises’ Columbus.

The Cruise People Ltd
88 York Street, London W1H 1QT England
T +44 (0)20 7723 2450 F +44 (0)20 7723 2486
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Full details are now available from The Cruise People Ltd of London, from whom international guests (and agents) can obtain details and make bookings. Please call us at +44 (0)20 7723 2450 or e-mail at the link above to find out more.