“We literally follow the tracks of the old fur voyageurs, fur traders, explorers,” Stonehouse says. “You're seeing the same terrain features they would have seen, only in far more comfort. There's nothing wrong with having a good glass of wine in your hand as you're making your approach.”
For the 2017 May to October cruise season, seven vessels will sail the Great Lakes on a collective 107 voyages, making 900 stops at ports of call, says Stephen Burnett, executive director of the Great Lakes Cruising Coalition (bit.ly/greatlakescruises).
“That's a significant amount, but a fraction of what we should be able to do in the future,” he said. “I've identified about 65 ships that can get through the St. Lawrence Seaway and cruise the Great Lakes.”
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