3 cruise ships return to Muskegon (Michigan) with 19 calls in 2023

   March 20, 2023 ,   Cruise Industry

Muskegon (Michigan) will be a call port for 3 cruise ships currently scheduled to make a total of 19 stops in 2023, which is 3 more than in 2022.

2 vessels will visit during the Michigan Irish Music Festival which is held at Heritage Landing where the ships dock.

The first scheduled visit is of the 260-passenger ship Le Dumont D’Urville. The 7-deck French ship (owned by Ponant) turned heads when she came to port in 2022.

The 6-deck, 210-passenger ship Pearl Mist visits on June 6th and continues through the summer into the fall with the Le Dumont D’Urville closing out the season on October 3rd.

Among Pearl Mist’s 15 stops in Muskegon MI, 5 are overnights.

The first call of the 5-deck, 200-passenger ship Ocean Navigator (operated by AQV-American Queen Voyages) is scheduled for June 16th.

Port of Muskegon MI (Michigan)

In 2023, pedestrians will be allowed to “the point” at Heritage Landing close to where the cruise ships dock. The point offers panoramic views of Muskegon Lake.

Muskegon MI is one of the Great Lakes cruise ports on Lake Michigan, the other being Alpena, Detroit, Houghton, Marquette, Sault Ste. Marie, Mackinac Island, and Fayette Historic State Park. Lake Michigan's cruise vessels in 2023 are scheduled to make a total of 92 port visits.

The Great Lakes 2023 cruising season is poised to be a record-breaker, boasting an expected ~170,000 passengers which is an increase of 15% over 2022 as well as a $180M contribution to the economy.