Scheduled flight from Germany to Chicago
Journey to Milwaukee
Overnight stay on board
Adventure, an explorer’s dream, natural wonders in shades of yellow and red: the Great Lakes and the mighty river system of North America, the St Lawrence River, united in the colours of Indian summer on one cruise. As an optional pre-cruise programme, you can discover Chicago before your eventful days with the HANSEATIC inspiration begin in Milwaukee on Lake Michigan. The influences of former German immigrants can be seen during a city tour with a visit to the Milwaukee Art Museum* and a walk through the German quarter*. Alternatively, you can visit the Harley-Davidson Museum*.
Milwaukee/Lake Michigan/USA, departure 12.30 hrs
Mackinac Island/Lake Huron, from 8.30 to 18.00 hrs
Mackinac Island on Lake Huron is a bit more tranquil. European explorers came to the island in the 17th century. Soon Mackinac Island occupied a strategically important position as a trading centre for the fur trade in the Great Lakes region. Here Victorian mansions and the fort from the War of Independence tell of the beginnings of the United States of America.
Sault Ste. Marie/Canada, from 6.00 to 15.30 hrs
Parry Sound, from 9.00 to 17.00 hrs
Whether by kayak, canoe or ship, Parry Sound is an El Dorado for water sports enthusiasts, as a boat trip of the Thirty Thousand Islands* will reveal. The composition of blue lakes, autumnal forests and pink granite rocks puts you in the midst of a masterpiece of nature in Killbear Provincial Park*.
Killarney, from 7.00 to 13.00 hrs
Killarney is reminiscent of Ireland. Stop and pause as you walk on the “emerald isle” of George Island to fully appreciate the nature and tranquillity. Nature and hiking lovers, above all, will feel at home here.
Windsor, from 8.00 to 19.00 hrs
Cruise on Lake Erie
Windsor forms a contrast to the vast and impressive landscape. Take in the skyline of the former “Motor City” – witnessing the transformation of Detroit* is exciting. This is followed by a cruise on Lake Erie and truly great experiences ...
Lock adventure in the Welland Canal: daytime passage through eight locks
The next stage of your cruise is all about nautical masterpieces: follow the challenging passage during a lock adventure on the Welland Canal on the deck tour at the bow or the ship’s many open deck areas. Through eight locks, your small ship overcomes almost 100 m (328 ft) of height, corresponding to a lock lift the height of Niagara Falls. This is only possible thanks to the ship’s retractable bridge wings.
Toronto/Lake Ontario, from 6.00 to 18.00 hrs
In Toronto, a city tour by tram* shows how skyscrapers, parks and trendy districts complement each other well. As Canada’s largest city, Toronto is Canada’s economic centre and one of the world’s leading financial centres, after decades during which Montreal had held that role. The city is located on the north-western shore of Lake Ontario, the smallest of the five Great Lakes.
Lock adventure on the St Lawrence River: daytime passage through seven locks
Your curiosity will know no bounds on the next experience: a lock adventure on the St Lawrence River – with knowledgeable commentary provided from the bridge. Enjoy the exciting manoeuvres in the seven locks from the deck.
Montreal, from 7.00 to 18.00 hrs
European charm welcomes you in Montreal on a city tour*. The sommelier in you, by contrast, will be awakened by the wineries in the Eastern Townships*. As a city of over a million inhabitants, Montreal is of particular importance to Canada in terms of tourism, especially because of its sights and its diverse range of cultural offers, including museums as well as numerous film, theatre and music festivals.
Quebec, from 8.00 to 18.00 hrs
Tadoussac, from 7.00 to 13.00 hrs
Gaspe, from 13.00 to 19.00 hrs
Iles de la Madeleine , Prince Edward Island
On the Iles de la Madeleine, red cliffs and long sandy beaches provide breathtaking island impressions*. Alternatively, a culinary tour* combines cheese, fish and the art of brewing. Finally, Charlottetown on Prince Edward Island welcomes you to an urban idyll where the sound of horse-drawn carriages echoes through the streets. As your cruise slowly draws to a close, your American-Canadian dream comes to an end in beautiful natural surroundings.
Relaxation at sea
Halifax/Canada, arrival 7.00 hrs
Scheduled flight from Halifax 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. The use of on-board Zodiacs is currently not permitted on this cruise. When the ship is at anchor, the ship’s tender boats will be used.
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:
Explore your cruise destinations on a more personal basis as a couple – ideal for all those who don’t want to be part of a group. The excursions in the programmes are accompanied by a local tour guide who will be happy to attend to your individual wishes. There will also be enough time and space for your own activities. Transfers are exclusively by private car with private drivers. Prices for solo travellers or groups of three or more are available on request.
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.
Our travel concierge would be happy to put together travel arrangements tailored to your very own preferences. Whether you’re interested in boutique hotels, luxurious beach resorts, theatre-ticket reservations or restaurant recommendations in the most exciting cities, you can find exclusive tips here and by visiting www.hl-cruises.com/travel-concierge. Our travel concierge will be at your service before the cruise and when on board, of course.