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.