A cruise offering from Smithsonian Journeys and PONANT  

Cruise four of the five Great Lakes, exploring the islands and coasts of Ontario and Michigan and discovering a wealth of natural wonders and historic sites from Mackinac Island to Georgian Bay.  

Starting at: $6,790 Make a Reservation Ask Us A Question or Call 855-330-1542
 Horseshoe Falls, Niagara Falls  Horse-drawn transportation on Mackinac Island  <i>Valley Camp</i> Ship Museum, Sault Saint Marie  Entering the Welland Canal  Lock in the Welland Canal

A Voyage along the Great Lakes

From Toronto to Milwaukee

8 days from $6,790

A cruise offering from Smithsonian Journeys and PONANT  

Cruise four of the five Great Lakes, exploring the islands and coasts of Ontario and Michigan and discovering a wealth of natural wonders and historic sites from Mackinac Island to Georgian Bay.  

or Call 855-330-1542

Experts

Sep 18 - 25, 2022 Departure; Aug 28 - Sep 4, 2023 Departure
Carola Stearns

Carola Stearns

Carola Stearns is a field geologist and geophysicist with over 40 years of experience enthusiastically sharing her fascination with the Earth and how it works.  She earned a Ph.D at the University of Michigan, has worked in exploration for major oil companies, taught at universities, and maintains a research affiliation with the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology at the University of Michigan.  She has worked with archaeologists on both prehistoric and classical sites around the Mediterranean and in the southwest of the US.  Her diverse research interests include tectonics as well as climatic geomorphology, especially as it relates to human history.  She has lectured as a park ranger at the Grand Canyon, on trips for the UM Alumni Association, and in Ann Arbor training docents for the botanical gardens, arboretum and the public school’s environmental education program.  Currently she works part-time as an interpretive guide in Santa Fe. 

Sep 18 - 25, 2022 Departure; Oct 9 - 16, 2023 Departure
Frederick Stonehouse

Frederick Stonehouse

Frederick Stonehouse is the author of over thirty books on maritime history many focusing on the Great Lakes including the best selling The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald. He has been a consultant for both the U.S. National Park Service and Parks Canada and has been an "on-air" expert for National Geographic and History Channel as well as many regional media productions.

Awards include the 2006 Association for Great Lakes Maritime History Award for Historic Interpretation, Historical Society of Detroit’s 2007 Historian of the Year, 2017 Great Lakes Shipwreck Preservation Society C. Patrick Labadie Special Acknowledgement Award, Northern Michigan University 2014 Distinguished Alumna Award, 2018 “Governor’s Special Tribute” (Michigan) and  2019 Historical Society of Michigan Follo Award.

His knowledge of sailing our itinerary as a Coast Guard licensed mariner and academic credentials provide a unique perspective for our voyage. Forty years of Great Lakes shipwreck diving and searching adds a practical viewpoint of Great Lakes maritime history. Several of his books relate directly to waters we sail and ports visited.

Fred teaches Great Lakes maritime history at Northern Michigan University and is an active consultant for numerous maritime projects and programs. He is past President of the National Board of Directors of the U.S. Life-Saving Service Heritage Association and past Vice Chair (Policy) of the Michigan Port Collaborative.  Fred makes his home in Marquette, Michigan. For more information: www.frederickstonehouse.com.

Aug 28 - Sep 4, 2023 Departure
David Catlin

David Catlin

David Catlin was born and raised in Detroit and fell in love with the Great Lakes and their environs while exploring them by foot, sailboat, and canoe. Having listened to his mother’s stories of sailing on the famous SS South American during the pre-WWII heyday of overnight travel on the Lakes, he was delighted when cruise vessels returned to these inland seas in the 1990s and has walked their decks regularly since then.

On shore, David has spent his professional career helping people connect to nature. Over the last 45 years, he has worked as a naturalist and educator for the National Park Service, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, the Missouri Department of Conservation, and the National Audubon Society. He has special interests in birds, ships, and off-the-beaten path destinations.

David has a degree in Natural Resources-Environmental Education from Michigan State University and a Masters in Outdoor Recreation-Interpretation from the University of Washington. He currently lives in Springfield, Missouri, with his wife Ann, and works nationwide as a consultant to nature centers and other environmental learning institutions.