New Cruises in 200208/20
Delta Queen Coastal Voyages, a subsidiary of American Classic Voyages Co. will operate a total of 32 cruises on the Great Lakes in the summer of 2002 with its 224-passenger twin coastal cruisers Cape May Light and Cape Cod Light. The centerpiece of the schedule will be a series of 15 three-, four- and seven-night voyages from Chicago, IL operated by the Cape May Light. The ship also will sail several seven-night voyages from Buffalo, NY; Windsor, ONT and Duluth, MN. In its inaugural summer cruise season Cape Cod Light, currently under construction, will sail a series of eight seven-night cruises on the eastern Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway between Buffalo and Quebec City, PQ. Both ships will offer additional Great Lakes cruises as they move between different homeports.
``Great Lakes cruising is one of today's hottest vacations and we are delighted that with an expanded fleet of two ships, Delta Queen Coastal Voyages will be at the forefront with a series of truly unique cruises in the summer of 2002,'' said Scott McGinnis, Delta Queen Coastal Voyages' vice president of marketing. ``By virtue of our U.S. flag, we can take travelers to destinations that allow them to experience the rich heritage and culture of ports that are off-limits to larger, foreign-flag ships. We can explore what, to the foreign-flag cruise industry, has been the 'forgotten coastline' of the Great Lakes.''
A century ago, the Great Lakes were crisscrossed with U.S.-flag overnight passenger ships offering skillfully prepared regional cuisine amid plush surroundings that reflected the times. The Cape May Light and the Cape Cod Light are the first ships in decades specifically designed to revive the true spirit of classic Great Lakes travel. Both ships feature hearty and refreshing all-American cuisine and entertainment set within period Federal- style decor. Unlike their predecessors on the Great Lakes, however, Delta Queen Coastal Voyages' ships bow to the demands of the modern traveler and feature amenities like telephones, air-conditioning,
televisions and VCRs in every stateroom.
After spending the spring sailing along the eastern seaboard of the United States, the Cape May Light will sail the Great Lakes from mid-May until mid- October, 2002. Cruises include
Halifax, NS to Buffalo - 14 nights - May 18, 2002.
Buffalo to Chicago - seven nights - June 1, 2002.
Chicago roundtrip - three nights - June 8, 29 and July 27, 2002.
Chicago roundtrip - four nights - June 11 and July 2 and 30, 2002.
Chicago roundtrip - seven nights - June 15, 22; August 3, 31; September 7
and 14, 2002.
Chicago to Duluth - seven nights - July 6 and August 10, 2002.
Duluth to Windsor - seven nights - July 13 and August 17, 2002.
Windsor to Chicago - seven nights - July 20 and August 24, 2002.
Chicago to Buffalo - seven nights - September 21, 2002.
Buffalo to Halifax - 14 nights - September 28, 2002.
The Cape Cod Light is scheduled to enter service on April 20, 2002 and spends both the spring and fall sailing an extensive program of seven- and 14- night cruises along the eastern seaboard of the United States.
The Cape Cod Light will sail the Great Lakes and picturesque St. Lawrence Seaway from mid-June until mid-September, 2002.
Cruises include * Halifax to Buffalo - 14 nights - June 22, 2002.
* Buffalo to Quebec City - seven nights - July 6, July 20, August 3 and August 17, 2002.
* Quebec City to Buffalo - seven nights - July 13, July 27, August 10 and August 24, 2002.
* Buffalo to Halifax - 14 nights - August 31, 2002.
By booking their cruise at least six months in advance, passengers can save up to $1,600 per couple. Incorporating the 6-month Early Booking Bonus, cruise-only fares for both ships, including port charges, begin as low as $995 per person double occupancy for three-night cruises, $1,395 for four-night cruises, $2,295 for seven-night cruises and $4,195 for 14-night cruises. For more information, consumers should contact their travel agent.
The ships will visit more than 35 cities and towns, offering a unique perspective on the heritage and charm of the Great Lakes region. Unlike most cruises today, many Delta Queen Coastal Voyages shore excursions are included in the fare. Passengers will be able to experience the Victorian heritage of Manistee, MI; relive the era of 19th century fur traders at Old Fort William in Thunder Bay, ONT; hike the Tiger Dunlop Heritage Trail in Goderich, ONT; witness an authentic Ojibwe Pow-Wow in Little Current, ONT; tour fabled Door County, WI and tap their toes at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum in Cleveland, OH. Optional excursions include carriage rides on Michigan's car- free Mackinac Island and the thrill of riding a ``dune buggy'' in Saugatuck, MI.
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Reported by: Kevin Griffin and Nathan Boyle