From the footsteps of European immigrants to adventures in wild nature: follow the lifeline of the Great Lakes to gain a new perspective on the USA and Canada.
Scheduled flight from Germany to Chicago
Journey to Milwaukee
Overnight stay on board
Milwaukee/Lake Michigan/USA, departure 18.00 hrs
The Great Lakes – vibrant history and lush nature meet here where the USA and Canada converge. The HANSEATIC inspiration blends both sides for a richly varied cruise. In the 19th century, many German immigrants settled in Milwaukee on Lake Michigan. Long known as the beer capital of America – a reputation which is still represented by a barley stalk on the city’s flag – it is now a haven of architecture and culture. Get an impression of the place yourself on a city tour with a visit to the Milwaukee Art Museum* and see works by artists including Miró, Picasso and Warhol. Find out how America’s sense of freedom conquered the world on two wheels at the Harley-Davidson Museum*.
Fayette, from 12.30 to 19.00 hrs
During the industrialisation of the 19th century, the township of Fayette had one of the region’s most productive iron smelters. A landing in Fayette Historic State Park will turn back the hands of time.
Mackinac Island/Lake Huron, from 7.00 to 15.00 hrs
The Victorian-style houses on Mackinac Island provide a contrast to the historic wooden buildings and blast furnaces. Explore the car-free island at your own pace on foot, by bicycle or in a horse-drawn carriage. Stop for a sweet treat in one of the cafes or fudge stores and quench your thirst for knowledge at Fort Mackinac, which dates back to the American Revolutionary War.
Cruising on Lake Superior
After a night-time passage of the Soo Locks and a change in height of around 6 m (20 ft), the largest of the Great Lakes awaits: Lake Superior.
Duluth/Lake Superior, from 7.00 to 18.00 hrs
In Duluth, the city’s striking emblematic lift bridge greets you in the port. Learn about the history of the immigrants here with a city tour* and enjoy a picture of the past at the old rail depot. Why did the Dakota tribe once call this region the “land of the sky-tinted water”? You’ll understand why once you’ve visited the stunning Gooseberry Falls and Split Rock Lighthouse* and seen the sky reflected in Lake Superior from the lighthouse, which was built on the high cliffs in 1910.
Thunder Bay/Lake Superior/Canada, from 9.00 to 20.00 hrs
The power of water will also draw you under its spell in enchanting Thunder Bay. Marvel at the “Niagara Falls of the north”, where the water plunges nearly 40 m (131 ft) into the Kaministiquia River when you visit historic Fort William and the Kakabeka Falls*. Climb the local landmark made up of a flat-topped mountain ridge with dramatic granite cliffs on a hiking adventure in Sleeping Giant Provincial Park*.
Cruising along the northern shore of Lake Superior
Look forward to relaxing and expansive views as you cruise along the northern shore of Lake Superior.
Sault Ste. Marie/Saint Marys River, arrival 18.00 hrs
Next, gain in-depth insights into the history of Sault Ste. Marie. The enormous lock system plays a key role here and the deck gives you an ideal vantage point from which to watch as the ship manoeuvres its way through. The city is divided not only by a river, but also by an international border, with Canada on your side and the USA on the other. The HANSEATIC inspiration will stay overnight, giving you plenty of time to discover the history of the settlers at the museum or explore the city on foot.
Sault Ste. Marie, departure 19.00 hrs
Killarney/Lake Huron, from 12.30 to 19.00 hrs
It is not just the name Killarney that has an Irish feel here: visit the “emerald isle” of George Island by ferry. Take a moment to really enjoy the nature and tranquillity here on a walk.
Parry Sound, from 7.00 to 19.30 hrs
Whether you explore by kayak, canoe or ship, Parry Sound is a paradise for water sports enthusiasts, as a boat trip of the Thirty Thousand Islands* proves. The beautiful composition of blue water, green forests and white granite rock envelops you in a masterpiece of nature in Killbear Provincial Park*.
Tobermory, from 7.00 to 14.00 hrs
Windsor/Detroit River/Canada, arrival 7.00 hrs
Filled with the invigorating North American sense of freedom, you’ll reach the small city of Windsor on the Detroit River, with an amazing view of the imposing Detroit skyline. Just like this former “Motor City” transformed itself into a boom town, your perspective on North America will also be transformed on this cruise.
Journey to Detroit
Scheduled flight from Detroit to Germany
Arrival in Germany
* The shore activities are not included in the cruise price and are in the planning stage. Subject to change.
The itinerary depends on official approval. Please note that the use of Zodiacs is currently not permitted on the Great Lakes.
The following programmes can be booked.
Please note that our pre- and post-cruise programmes are conducted in German and are charged additionally to the travel package. The prices and conditions for these programmes can be found on the German travel details page and are charged additionally to the travel package. For individual programmes kindly consult your travel agent.
The following programmes are offered in German:
Our popular pre- and post-cruise programmes include a broad spectrum of excursions and are usually accompanied by experienced Hapag-Lloyd Cruises tour guides. Recommended for guests who like to share their experiences with a group of like-minded travellers. Explore specially selected highlights of your holiday destination and enjoy the convenience of group travel – we will take care of the transfers, excursions and overnight stays.