Viking Cruise Line Expands Itineraries Into Northern Ontario


Yesterday, in Los Angeles, California, Viking Cruises announced the expansion of its destination-focused cruises including new ships and new stops into the Great Lakes and Northern Ontario.

Viking Cruises are making Northern Ontario an even bigger part of their $3 billion cruise business moving into 2022 and beyond. Viking Octantis and Viking Polaris will sail the Great Lakes into destinations such as Thunder Bay and Sault Ste. Marie. The Undiscovered Great Lakes, is an eight-day cruise from Thunder Bay, Ontario, to Milwaukee, with stops in Duluth, the Apostle Islands, Soo Locks, Mackinac Island and more. The Great Lakes Explorer, also an eight-day cruise, from Milwaukee to Thunder Bay, with three days exploring Georgian Bay, plus stops in Mackinac Island and the Soo Locks.

Destination Northern Ontario will continue to work with Destination Marketing Organizations, other tourism organizations and businesses at the local level to promote and develop on-shore excursions, maximizing the economic impact of these new visitors to the region.

Destination Northern Ontario thanks and acknowledges the collective work of the Great Lakes Cruising Coalition and destination partners in Thunder Bay, Killarney, Sault Ste. Marie and Manitoulin Island, as well as the significant investment made by Viking Cruises.


  1. Keep these dirty polluting, trash -thrown -overboard, sewage dumping, cruize lines OUT of Lake Superior. They have a long reputation of environmental disrespect and don’t belong on the virtually pristine, and rare, Fresh water of Lake Superior.

  2. I would not want to be on Lake Superior in November! Remember the gales of November and the Edmund Fitzgerald!

  3. Ask questions of your Mayor and City Councillors if they want to welcome a cruise line into the waters. The environmental damage to water life, the disposal of cruise line waste, and any alterations required for the shoreline to accommodate a cruise line. Not all tourism has a positive impact.

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