Great Lakes Cruising Poised to Grow

By ,   January 21, 2018 ,   Cruise Industry

The port of Cleveland, as well as Great Lakes cruising, are poised to grow over the next years, according to president & CEO of Victory Cruise Lines, Bruce Nierenberg.

His Miami-based company is adding a 2nd small ship to Great Lakes this year, with itineraries including visits to Cleveland. Other companies, including German-based Hapag-Lloyd, are also eyeing Great Lakes' expansion.

Nierenberg predicts another booming cruise era for Great Lakes, which had its heyday about a century ago, with dozens of vessels plying the 5 freshwater lakes.

The Great Lakes region, with its ethnic history and industrial past, provides authentic experiences, such as small towns, big cities, food festivals and more.

MS Victory I cruise ship

However, these sailings are quite pricey, especially compared to mega-ships plying the waters of Caribbean. For example, a 10-day cruise in July aboard the 202-passenger ms Victory I, starts at about US$6,200 per person.