THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO. January 16, 2020 (LSN) Tourism Thunder Bay is pleased to announce the largest vessel and investment in Great Lakes cruise shipping will see Thunder Bay positioned a major embarkation hub for Viking Expeditions. On Jan. 15, Viking announced that it will expand its destination-focused travel experiences with the launch of new expedition voyages.
Viking Expeditions will begin sailing in January 2022 with its first vessel, Viking Octantis, embarking on voyages to Antarctica and North America’s Great Lakes. The new Polar Class 6 Viking Octantis will host 378 guests in 189 staterooms. The vessel will welcome seven inbound cruises and seven outbound cruises to Thunder Bay totaling 14 itineraries. Thunder Bay will welcome an anticipated 5,200 vessel guests over the course of the year who will generate an anticipated economic impact of between $1.6 and $2.3 million annually.
• Undiscovered Great Lakes (8 days; Thunder Bay, Ontario to Milwaukee) – From Northern forests to pristine lagoons, encounter the natural splendor of the Great Lakes. Visit bald eagle and bear habitats that abut charming frontier towns in this remote region of North America; and pass between Lake Superior and Lake Huron via the impressive Soo Locks. Multiple sailing dates
between May and September 2022. Inaugural pricing starts at $6,695 per person, with free airfare within North America.
• Great Lakes Explorer (8 days; Milwaukee to Thunder Bay, Ontario) – Embark on a true expedition along “the nation’s fourth seacoast,” from Georgian Bay’s granite islands to Thunder Bay’s towering cliffs. Experience the car-free idyllic Mackinac Island, and learn about indigenous cultures and frontier life along the way. Multiple sailing dates between May and September 2022. Inaugural pricing starts at $6,495 per person, with free airfare within North America.
• Niagara & The Great Lakes (8 days; Toronto to Milwaukee) – From urban skylines to uninhabited islands, discover the wilderness nestled in the interior of North America alongside world-class cultural attractions in Detroit, Toronto and Milwaukee. Witness the majesty of Niagara Falls, and enjoy scenic cruising past North America’s busiest border as you cross Lake Huron. Multiple sailing dates in April, May, June, July and September 2022. Inaugural pricing starts at $5,995 per person, with free airfare within North America.
• Canadian Discovery (13 days; New York to Toronto) – Cruise from Canada’s southeast coast to the St. Lawrence River, where you will learn about the region’s rich past amid stunning natural settings and celebrated cities. Sail along the coasts of New England and Nova Scotia; discoverthe remote reaches and locally sourced seafood of Prince Edward Island; explore the Saguenay Fjord, home to seals, whales and other sea mammals; and go salmon fishing in Quebec’s Moisie River. Sailing dates in April and October 2022. Inaugural pricing starts at $8,995 per person, with free airfare within North America.
“We have always believed in Lake Superior as a destination as exotic as anywhere else on earth,” said Paul Pepe, Tourism Thunder Bay Manager and Chair of Cruise Ontario. “We’ve enjoyed a wonderful working relationship with Viking’s executive team and staff for almost a year now and are elated that they have selected Thunder Bay as a major embarkation point for their Great Lakes expedition cruises. Our proximity to quality unique natural and cultural attractions, Pool 6 dock’s capacity, and our exceptional airlift capacity are assets to be proud of in our community and we look forward to showcasing the very best of our community and region to Viking’s guests in 2022 and beyond.”
Cruise shipping development has been a part of Tourism Thunder Bay’s development strategy since 2004. In 2010, Tourism Thunder Bay developed and assumed cruise shipping operations management of the Pool 6 dock as the city’s dedicated passenger facility. The Dock has welcomed 26 cruise, tall, and military ships since that time.
The Viking Cruise currently operates a fleet of more than 70 vessels, state-of-the-art ships that have received numerous accolades since their launch from industry experts and travelers alike. Viking was voted the #1 River Cruise Line by Condé Nast Traveler in their 2018 Readers’ Choice Awards, and for the fourth year in a row, has been named the #1 Ocean Cruise Line* by Travel + Leisure readers in the World’s Best Awards 2019. For more information, visit: https://www.vikingcruisescanada.com/about-us/history.html
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