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

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.

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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.