8-Day Great Lakes Explorer

Island Hop the Great Lakes in 2022!

Experience Viking's New Expedition Cruises on the Great Lakes starting in 2022! Discover the maze of granite islands that comprise Georgian Bay Biosphere Reserve while hiking and kayaking through its tranquil beauty and admiring sweeping vistas. Experience Victorian charm on Mackinac Island and venture into the boreal forests of Sleeping Giant Provincial Park on Lake Superior’s northern shore. Explore coastal wetlands replete with birdlife, comb pristine beaches and get acquainted with native cultures of the northern Great Lakes.
Book by September 30 for up to $1,000 cruise savings per couple plus Free Roundtrip Airfare!
Ship: Viking Expedition Ship
Cruise Line: Viking Cruises
Sail Date: 2022 Dates
From/To: Milwaukee to Thunder Bay
Length: 8-Days
$6,495 on select 2022 dates
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Expedition fares include shore excursions, onboard meals, and all port charges and government taxes; beer and wine with lunch and dinner; premium dining reservations; lectures; Wi-Fi; self-service laundry; access to The Nordic Spa; and 24-hour room service, as well as charter flights for hard-to-reach locales and the use of Viking Expedition Gear specialty equipment for land and sea excursions.

Viking’s Inclusive Value:

  • At least one complimentary excursion in every port of call/landing site
  • Kayaks, zodiacs, RIBs & submarine excursions (where available)
  • A Viking Expedition Kit with a variety of equipment to explore at no extra charge
  • All Viking Excursion Gear needed for any relevant excursions
  • Free Wi-Fi (connection speed may vary)
  • Alternative restaurant dining at no extra charge
  • 24-hour room service
  • Beer, wine & soft drinks with onboard lunch & dinner
  • 24-hour specialty coffees, teas & bottled water
  • Access to top-rated spa & state-of-the-art fitness center
  • Self-service launderettes
  • Port taxes & fees
  • Ground transfers with Viking Air purchase
  • Viking-arranged charter flights to select destinations


Your Stateroom Includes:

  • Nordic Balcony
  • Floor-to-ceiling drying closet
  • Keepsake Viking Expedition Jacket (on polar itineraries)
  • King-sized Viking Explorer Bed with luxury linens & pillows
  • Separate seating area
  • 42″ flat-screen LCD TV with intuitive remote & complimentary Movies On Demand
  • 110/220 volt outlets & USB ports
  • Spacious closet & drawers
  • Mini-bar; security safe; hair dryer
  • Spacious glass-enclosed shower
  • Heated bathroom floor & anti-fog mirror
  • Premium Freyja® toiletries, plus robes & slippers
  • Stateroom steward & twice-daily housekeeping

Day 1:

Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States

Day 2:

Mackinac Island, Michigan, United States

Day 3-5:

Georgian Bay, Canada

First, we invented modern river cruising. Then, we redefined ocean cruising. Now, experience all the comfort and elegance of our award-winning fleet with an expedition ship built specifically to explore the world’s most remote destinations and allow you to immerse yourself in these regions.

Guests: 378
Length: 665 feet
Beam: 77 feet
Class: Polar Class 6, allowing us to operate during summer & autumn in medium first-year ice
Year built: 2021, 2022

Sweeping views are yours from your outside retreat. The staterooms and suites on Viking Octantis and Viking Polaris are the most spacious and elegant of any expedition ship afloat, offering you an unparalleled level of comfort as you experience the world’s most remote locations.

Once you have paid in full for your trip, you are safe from any additional charges. Airfare increases, currency fluctuations, increased fuel surcharges, new government taxes—none of these will apply to you.

2021-2023 EXPEDITION CRUISE AND AIR SAVINGS: Offer applies to bookings made from Sep 1-30, 2020. Special cruise fares plus Free air valid on 2022 sailings of Canadian Discovery; Caribbean Connections; Great Lakes Explorer; Niagara & the Great Lakes; Undiscovered Great Lakes. Airfares may vary on other gateways & departures. Air does not have to be purchased to get cruise\cruisetour offer. All prices are in US dollars and for US residents only. Additional restrictions may apply. Book by Sep 30, 2020; 2021: pay in full by Oct 31, 2020. 2022 & 2023: pay in full by Dec 31, 2020. Offer expires Sep 30, 2020.

Cruise fares listed are cruise only in U.S. dollars, per person, based on double occupancy. Single supplement savings are off applicable rates. Cruise fares listed are valid for U.S. residents only. Cruise ship fuel surcharge may apply. All fares and offers are for new bookings only and are subject to availability, may not combinable with other offers except Viking Explorer Society Travel Credits and Viking Referral Rewards, are capacity-controlled and may be withdrawn at any time without prior notice. Special fares are based upon published full brochure fares; cruise fares do not include pre-paid charges, optional facilities and service fees, and personal charges, as defined in the terms and conditions of the Passenger Ticket Contract which may be viewed elsewhere on this website. Full brochure fares may not have resulted in actual sales in all stateroom categories and may not have been in effect during the last 90 days. Promotional fares may remain in effect after the expiration date. Air promotion applies to roundtrip flights only from select Viking Cruises U.S. gateways and includes airport-to-ship or hotel transfers, air taxes and air fuel surcharges. Roundtrip airport transfers are included when air is purchased with a cruise or cruisetour package; if air is not purchased from Viking, transfers may be purchased separately. All transfers must be in conjunction with a Viking-purchased cruise, cruisetour, land extension or extra hotel nights. Viking reserves the right to correct errors or omissions and to change any and all fares, fees and surcharges at any time. For up-to-date prices, please call Viking or your Travel Agent. The cruise ship fuel surcharge is additional revenue to Viking Cruises, as are any additional charges relating to currency fluctuation other than for fully paid cruise fares and full fares, which fluctuations are beyond our control. Additional terms and conditions may apply. Complete terms and conditions may be found in the Passenger Ticket Contract.

AIR UPGRADE: Upgrade to Premium Economy air from $999 per person addon or Business Class air from $3,499 per person addon based on select itineraries, gateways, and dates. Additional airline-imposed baggage charges may apply; for more information visit Airline Luggage Restrictions. Air prices are per person based on cruise/cruisetour check-in date and include transfers plus all government taxes/fees of approximately $160 and air fuel surcharges. Air seats are limited; airfares are subject to change and are not guaranteed until full payment of air is received.