Explore the magnificent Great Lakes on this popular and captivating cruise. You will enjoy crystal-clear blue waters surrounded by pristine wilderness, turn-of-the-century towns, and pastoral splendors.

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Great Lakes Grand Voyage

13 days from $9,095

Explore the magnificent Great Lakes on this popular and captivating cruise. You will enjoy crystal-clear blue waters surrounded by pristine wilderness, turn-of-the-century towns, and pastoral splendors.

or Call 855-330-1542

Experts

Jun 11 - 23, 2019 Departure; Jul 25 - Aug 6, 2019 Departure
William Fox

William Fox

William (Bill) Fox has been active in Great Lakes region archaeology for over 50 years, obtaining an Honours B.A. and M.A. in Archaeology from the University of Toronto, and subsequently working for the Province of Ontario as an archaeologist for 19 years and with Parks Canada, as Chief of Archaeology for the Prairie and Northern Region of Canada for two more. During his Federal career, he worked as Superintendent for National Parks in the Western Arctic, and received various management awards while employed at Pacific Rim National Park Reserve on Vancouver Island. At present, Bill is an Adjunct Professor in the Anthropology Graduate Program at Trent University in Peterborough. Over the years, he has had the honour of working with First Nations communities across Canada and Inuit peoples throughout the Arctic. Upon his return to Ontario, he was presented with a J. Norman Emerson silver medal, the Ontario Archaeological Society’s most prestigious award. Bill has published 36 peer reviewed articles and co-authored 25 more, relating not only to North American archaeology, but also to eight seasons of survey in Cyprus. Current research involves Great Lakes Indigenous history, and geo-archaeology projects across the Northeast and in Mongolia.

Jul 3 - 15, 2019 Departure
Robert Desh

Robert Desh

Bob recently retired as the Executive Director of the Door County Maritime Museum, dedicated to the preservation and celebration of the unique maritime history of Wisconsin’s Door Peninsula. 

Prior to joining the Door County Maritime Museum, Bob served for over 36 years with the United States Coast Guard.  During his very diverse military career, he served on five Coast Guard cutters, including three on the Great Lakes.  He also saw duty in a wide variety of shore assignments including Commanding Officer of the storied International Ice Patrol, monitoring iceberg dangers in the North Atlantic Ocean.  

His Great Lakes Coast Guard duty included assignments in Buffalo, Sturgeon Bay, Sault Ste Marie, Detroit, and Cleveland. He has sailed all five of the Great Lakes, visited all of the region’s major ports, and served aboard two isolated offshore Great Lakes lighthouses.

His career began with his enlistment in Omaha Nebraska in 1971.  He rose through the enlisted grades to Chief Petty Officer, was commissioned as a Chief Warrant Officer, and later graduated from Officer Candidate School.  He progressed through the officer ranks, retiring from active duty in 2007 as a Captain (equivalent to Colonel in the non-sea services).

A long-time maritime and Coast Guard history buff, Bob’s entertaining, upbeat presentation style makes him a regionally popular lecturer on Great Lakes maritime history.  He has presented on a wide variety of topics ranging from the War of 1812 to the construction of the Sturgeon Bay and Lake Michigan Ship Canal. He has published numerous articles on various aspects of Coast Guard and maritime history and is a contributing author to the 2002 edition of The American Practical Navigator.  Charming and chatty, “Captain Bob” is known for having a ready sea story about nearly everything.