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One lakeshore city hopes to be port-of-call for two cruise lines this year
MLive (1/28)
Six months ago, few would have pegged Muskegon, Mich., as a likely port of call for a cruise ship. But after several months of hard work, tourism officials are going public about their work to attract as many as 14 ship stops during the 2016 season.

MS Hamburg cruise ship docks in Milwaukee
WDJT-TV - Milwaukee, WI (9/14)
The MS Hamburg, touring the Great Lakes for the second summer, arrived in Milwaukee and will alow passengers to tour the sights Southeastern Wisconsin has to offer.

French tourists aboard a luxury cruise stop in Clayton for a day
North Country Public Radio (5/18)
Clayton, N.Y., welcomed a slew of new visitors last week. A luxury cruise ship on its maiden voyage from Montreal stopped at the town’s docks. The ship was filled with nearly 200 tourists from France.

400-passenger cruise ship docks in the Port of Milwaukee for first time in seven years
Fox 6 - Milwaukee, WI (10/2)
The Port of Milwaukee, Wis., welcomed the Hamburg, a 400 passenger cruise ship that is touring the Great Lakes.

Cleveland ready to welcome a growing Great Lakes cruise ship industry
The Plain Dealer (7/31)
It's not every day a cruise ship calls upon Cleveland--although that's expected to happen more often as the Great Lakes cruising industry expands and as Cleveland becomes better known as a port of call.

Competition springs up between Canadian, U.S. tour boats at Niagara Falls
New York Daily Freeman (5/18)
For more than 150 years, the Maid of the Mist tour boats have been all alone below Niagara Falls as they’ve ferried tourists close enough to be drenched by the spray. But this tourist season, a second set of boats is navigating the Niagara Gorge.

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American Canadian Caribbean Line
Offering cruises around the Great Lakes as well as from Canadian waters to the Caribbean.

Cruising the Great Lakes.org
Information about cruise activity and ports on the Great Lakes, as well as ship photos, schedules, services and layouts.

Great Lakes Cruise Company
Chartering large passenger cruise ships, Le Levant and the MV Columbus, to sail in the Great Lakes.

Great Lakes Cruising Coalition
The GLCC is a joint American-Canadian cooperative venture involving Great Lakes ports, towns, regions and The St. Lawrence Seaway.

Steamboat Cruises
Three steamboats cruise along the Mississippi and Ohio rivers. Ports of call include St. Paul, Minnesota, and Cincinnati, Ohio.

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Lake Huron
BaySail supports its Environmental Education and Youth Development programs through public sails, private charters and group tours around Lake Huron.

Georgian Clipper
Cruise the 30,000 islands, visit the unique inlets, sheltered bays and quaint and historic villages that form the splendor of Lake Huron's Georgian Bay and the North Channel.

The Blue Heron Company
Offers sightseeing cruises in Fathom Five National Marine Park, located at the tip of the Bruce Peninsula at Tobermory, Ontario.

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St. Lawrence River
Heritage Boat Tours
Cruise the St. Lawrence Seaway, Millionaires Row, Alexandria Bay, view the shortest international bridge, in the very heart of the 1000 Islands, and experience them in a way that is just not possible on modern 500 passenger boats.

Kingston 1000 Islands Cruises
Offering sightseeing, lunch and dinner cruises of both Kingston's waterfront and the St. Lawerence River's 1000 Islands.

Rockport Boat Line
Offers tours of the Thousand Islands on the St. Lawrence River, including Boldt Castle, Zavikon Island and Millionaire's Row.

St. Lawrence Cruise Lines
Offering overnight cruises on the St. Lawrence River and the Ottawa River.

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State and Provincial Resources
Cruising the Great Lakes.com
Photos and comprehensive information on popular Michigan-based pleasure cruise destinations, including Grand Traverse Bay, The Inland Route, and The Chain O' Lakes.

Diamond Jack's River Tours
Take an expertly narrated cruise on the sparkling waters of the Detroit River, the world's busiest international waterway.

Pride of Windsor Cruises
Offers cruises on the Detroit River, May through October.

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Related Resources
GLIN: Boating in the Great Lakes Region
GLIN: Islands in the Great Lakes Region
GLIN: Lighthouses in the Great Lakes Region
GLIN: Tours in the Great Lakes Region
GLIN: Water Transportation in the Great Lakes Region

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