Freedom to Explore
Most of the ports on our Great Lakes itineraries are off-limits to foreign vessels, but because Yorktown flies the American flag, we can access small port towns that are the hidden gems of the inland seas. Aboard Yorktown, you will travel with a small group of people who share your interests, who regard travel as a life-enriching experience. When we go on shore excursions, you are exploring with friends, not getting lost in a crowd of tourists. And at many of the ports we visit we offer a choice of excursions and options of other activities, such as kayaking, at no additional cost.
Seeking Out the Unexpected
When designing our itineraries, we always look for unexpected destinations. Lake Huronís Presque Isle, for example, is a birderís paradise that BirdWatching magazine has identified as one of the top ten birding spots in the country. Weíll be there during the shorebird and warbler migration, at a time when it is not unusual to see young herons in the lagoons, and bald eagles soaring overhead.
Immerse Yourself in the Rhythms of Daily Life
Time is precious, and that is one of the things this cruise gives you. You will never be rushed from one site to another. On our cruises, you have the leisure to stop for lunch at a lakefront restaurant, or chat with an artist in a gallery. Most of the places we visit are small towns, where people move at a different pace than city-dwellers. This cruise gives you an opportunity to experience the unhurried rhythm of life along the lakes.
A Small Shipboard Community of Like-Minded Travelers
Meeting and mingling with your fellow travelers is one of the greatest pleasures of the voyage. Youíll find a community of lifelong learners and explorers who are outgoing and friendly. Along with other like-minded travelers from around the country, enjoy exploring new places and making new friends. Aboard Yorktown, you are not an anonymous tourist lost in a crowd of strangers, you are a welcome member of a small shipboard community.
In 1908 Henry Ford, founder of the Ford Motor Company, developed an innovative and efficient new way to assemble machineryó specifically, his Model T automobiles. The idea was simple: workmen with their tools stood at intervals along a conveyor belt waiting for the parts of the automobile to come to them. Each man had only one task, such as add a new component, or tighten a few bolts. Then the partially assembled vehicle moved on down the line to the next worker. This method proved to be so productive that by 1915 the Ford Motor Company could turn out a fully assembled Model T every 35 minutes. During our voyage, weíll tour the Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village for a glimpse into the history of the automobile as well as exhibits on a range of other important items, including Abraham Lincolnís chair from Fordís Theatre and Thomas Edisonís laboratory.