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 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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m.v. Yorktown’s First Voyage to the Port of Montreal Launches the Great Lakes Cruise Season for 2012

The m.v. Yorktown is operating a full season of cruises in the Great Lakes this summer. After leaving Gloucester, Massachusetts, on May 24, she arrived in Montreal on Tuesday, and today sets off on an 11-day cruise through the St. Lawrence Seaway and the Great Lakes, arriving Chicago on June 16..

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The Yorktown’s first arrival at Montreal launches the international cruise season linking ports along the St. Lawrence and Great Lakes. Owned by New York-based Travel Dynamics International, the Yorktown can accommodate 138 passengers in 69 outside cabins. One of this company’s special features is that eachvoyage is accompanied by experts who give lectures on board and guide the cruise passengers during port visits.

Built in Florida in 1988, this 257-foot-long, 43-foot-wide ship was completely renovated in 2009. Originally named Yorktown Clipper, she was renamed  Spirit of Yorktown in 2006 and has more recently taken the name Yorktown. This is the first time this US-flag ship has called in Montreal under her current name, although she has been in the lakes in the past.

The Yorktown will be back in Montreal on August 30, September 3 and September 13. You can find out more about the Yorktown and cruises on the Great Lakes by contacting The Cruise People Ltd in London on 020 7723 2450 or by e-mail at cruise@cruisepeople.co.uk.

The Yorktown’s Cruises Will Replace the S.S. Keewatin’s Presence at Saugatuck

The plan had been for the 350-foot 3,886-ton former Canadian Pacific Great Lakes steamship Keewatin to be waiting for Travel Dynamics’ 257-foot 2,354-ton Yorktown to greet her on the event of her first arrival at Saugatuck on June 17, 2012. But revised plans saw the Keewatin towed away earlier to lay over at Mackinaw City, Michigan, in preparation for her voyagel back to Port McNicoll, Ontario, on June 23. That date is significant because it was one hundred years since the Keewatin first sailed from Port McNicoll, after the new port was opened on Georgian Bay in 1912, ad 45 years to the day sincer she had been towed away. The tow was effected by the Fogg Towing tug Wendy Anne, from Beaver Island in Lake Michigan.

s.s. Keewatin

The Edwardian-era passenger ship was built on the Clyde in 1907 and carried up to 288 passengers. Roland Peterson, owner of the Tower Marina at Douglas, Michigan, purchased the Keewatin after her retirement in 1965 in order to save her from the scrappers and moved her in 1967 to Douglas, near Saugatuck, where he and his wife Diane have maintained her as a nautical museum for the past forty-two years.

Her latest owner, Toronto-based Skyline International Development Inc, took possession in October 2011. As part of the deal, Skyline is dredging Saugatuck-Douglas harbour so that it can tow the ship away. And in honour of the couple that has preserved the Keewatin for more than four decades ownership of the vessel has been vested with a not-for-profit organization called the R J and Diane Peterson Great Lakes and S S Keewatin Foundation.

The Keewatin will become the historic centrepiece of Port McNicoll, which is being developed by Skyline International as a $1 billion 800-acre resort. About seventy minutes north of Toronto, with six and a half miles of shoreline, the new resort community will feature homes, condominiums, cottages, hotels, shops and marinas.

In their heyday, the Keewatin and sister ship Assiniboia operated weekly cruises from Port McNicoll to Sault Ste Marie and Thunder Bay, with the Keewatin sailing on Wednesdays and the Assiniboia on Saturdays after the arrival of the Canadian Pacific boat train from Toronto.

While Douglas may be losing the forty-five-year presence of its Edwardian cruise ship museum, the arrival of Travel Dynamics’ Yorktown will now give the area an active cruise ship. A number of calls were made in 2012 and she will return in 2013.

The 2013 Program is Now Available Here.

For those wanting to cruise the Great Lakes and St Lawrence River in 2013, Travel Dynamics International offers a full program of twelve cruises between June and September. Further details can be obtained from The Cruise People Ltd in London on 020 7723 2450 or e-mail cruise@cruisepeople.co.uk.

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.