Close to home is one of the great natural wonders of the world. Nearly fifteen thousand years ago, the last of the great glaciers retreated, leaving us with the legacy of the Great Lakes. The lakes are unique, for although they are called lakes, they are in reality vast inland seas that comprise one-fifth of the world’s fresh surface water. First used as a means of transport by Algonquin and Iroquois tribes, the lakes later became a thriving commercial hub and a heavily traveled waterway with the arrival of European settlers. More than 50 years ago, the Great Lakes were the busiest waterway in the world and North America’s treasured summer destination. Today, travelers are rediscovering the charms of the vast, sweet water. On the shores of Ontario, Erie, Huron, Michigan and Superior, welcoming towns have changed little since the 19th century-in marked contrast to much of the North American continent-and warm summer breezes skim through the lush leaves of the woody, rocky coasts.

Aboard the 100-guest Clelia II, with its combination of intimacy and elegance, we are pleased to revive the grandeur and pleasure of a classic Great Lakes cruise. On this unique itinerary, which sails between American and Canadian ports, travelers will thrill to the thundering of Niagara Falls, witness Native American culture on Manitoulin Island, enjoy Mackinac Island’s bygone Victorian charms and revel in the pristine beauty of the Keweenaw Peninsula, one of North America’s most unspoiled regions. A highlight of our voyage will be transiting the many scenic waterways and locks that connect the Great Lakes as we sail the vast expanse between Lake Ontario and the western shores of Lake Superior.

Program Highlights

  • Cruise on the Great Lakes-vast inland seas that comprise one-fifth of the world’s fresh surface water;
  • Explore the various cultures of the area on this voyage, including Native American, French and English;
  • See the impressive beauty and hear the thundering of Niagara Falls;
  • Visit Manitoulin, the home of the Wikwemikong Unceded Indian Reserve, a thriving Native American community that bears the distinction of being the only tribe in Canada never to have ceded title to its land, for a traditional Native American powwow;
  • Stroll along Mackinac Island’s streets lined with gingerbread-trimmed buildings and browse in the charming shops;
  • Learn about the fascinating system of locks, canals and dams that constitute the seaway system connecting the Great Lakes from Stanford civil and environmental engineer David Freyberg.


Coy Barefoot, U.Va. Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership

Coy Barefoot is a Wall Street Journal and Amazon.com best-selling author. His books includeThomas Jefferson on Leadership and The Corner: A History of Student Life at the University of Virginia, which won the 2003 Nalle Prize for Outstanding History. He has written and reported for magazines and newspapers around the country as well as a long list of online publications. Barefoot has also worked in radio as a producer, investigative reporter and talk show host. He is the host and producer of “Charlottesville-Right Now,” a public affairs radio program that is broadcasted on NewsRadio 1070AM WINA each weekday from 4-6pm. Barefoot is Director of Communications and Alumni Relations at the Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership at the University of Virginia. He is a graduate of the College of William and Mary and the University of Virginia, where he earned his master’s degree in Anthropology.

Coy Barefoot will be offering his very popular slideshows on the history of U.Va. and the Corner. He explores a wide variety of topics, including the true story of the founding of the Honor System, how the Seven Society was born, how the White Spot got its name and much more.

Coy will also talk about the significance of the French and Indian War (1754-1763), a conflict on the frontier of the New World and part of the much larger war between England and France, the global superpowers of the day. This particular war had shockwaves that went out around the world resulting in the American war for independence, British control over Canada, the Louisiana Purchase and even the settling of British Australia.


1 -

Duluth, Minnesota, USA / Embark

Fly to Duluth, Minnesota, whose history is tied to its strategic location as a transportation hub on Lake Superior. The city has experienced a renaissance and its vibrant downtown is graced by waterfront parks and promenades. Transfer to the port to board Clelia II and sail. (D)

2 -

Thunder Bay / Old Fort William / Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada

The land around the attractive bay where Thunder Bay is sited was first settled by the French in 1679. Shortly after the American Revolution, the British established a settlement, Fort William, which flourished on the booming fur trade. This was the origin of Thunder Bay, now the largest city on Lake Superior. This morning we tour Old Fort William, the impeccably restored fur-trading post and headquarters of the North West Company. Spend the afternoon exploring Thunder Bay’s vibrant frontier town and cultural center. (B, L, D)

3 -

Houghton, Keweenaw Peninsula, Michigan's Upper Peninsula

Today Clelia II will call at quaint Houghton, built on a bluff facing the channel. Keweenaw witnessed the country’s first mineral rush, when vast deposits of copper were discovered in 1840. By the time the rush was over early in the 20th century, copper had generated enormous wealth, estimated to be 10 times more than the money generated by the California Gold Rush. The legacy of the copper rush is still evident today in the abandoned mines, deserted settlements nestled in the forest and the opulent buildings in the region’s towns. We will explore this historic region, an area not only rich in history, but also a place of extraordinary natural beauty. (B, L, D)

4 -

Lake Superior / Soo Locks / Lake Huron / Lake Michigan / Mackinac Island, Michigan

Today Clelia II transits the Soo Locks, the busiest in the world, where some 12,000 ships pass annually. As we sail to Mackinac Island, enjoy breathtaking views as Clelia II travels under the Mackinac Bridge to enter Lake Michigan. Rising 552 feet above the Straits of Mackinac and five miles long, the bridge connects Michigan’s Lower and Upper Peninsulas. At 8,614 feet, it is the longest two-tower suspension bridge between anchorages in the Western Hemisphere. Arrive in beautiful Mackinac Island, a Victorian-era haven where cars are forbidden and bicycles share the road with horse-drawn carriages. Explore this idyllic island and see the ancient limestone formations that were considered sacred by the Straits Indians; the impressive Fort Mackinac, built atop a high cliff by the British in 1780; and the Victorian Grand Hotel, a landmark of the island. Also enjoy time at leisure to stroll along streets lined with gingerbread-trimmed buildings and browse in the charming shops. (B, L, D)

5 -

Little Current, Manitoulin Island, Ontario / Lake Huron

Land at Little Current, the main settlement on Manitoulin, the world’s largest freshwater island and one of 30,000 islands that grace Lake Huron. Manitoulin is the home of the Wikemikong Unceded Indian Reserve, a thriving Native American community that bears the distinction of being the only tribe in Canada never to have ceded title to its land. Drive to the reserve, where a traditional Native American powwow will be held, and visit the Ojibwe Cultural Foundation, whose exhibits chronicle the story of the native people of Manitoulin and the north shore of Lake Huron. (B, L, D)

6 -

At Sea / Lake Huron / Lake Erie

Spend a relaxing day at sea as we cruise from Lake Huron to Lake Erie. Enjoy the views from deck as Clelia II makes the 106-mile transit leaving Lake Huron through the St. Clair River, into Lake St. Claire, sailing past Detroit and through the Detroit River. During this passage there is an eight-foot change in elevation between the lakes. (B, L, D)

7 -

Lake Erie / Niagara Falls / Welland Canal / Port Colborne

Arrive this morning at Port Colborne, where Clelia II begins the dramatic passage from Lake Erie to Lake Ontario via the Welland Canal. A series of seven locks designed as a continuous flight of “stairs” drops Clelia II 324 feet over a distance of 27 miles. From the decks of the ship, witness the mechanics of this engineering marvel, which took over 100 years to complete. An excursion leads to Niagara Falls, one of North America’s most spectacular natural wonders, where we’ll see both the American Falls and Horseshoe (Canadian) Falls. (B, L, D)

8 -

Lake Ontario / Toronto , Ontario, Canada / Disembark / USA

This morning we arrive in Toronto, Ontario’s dynamic metropolis and the largest urban center in Canada. Overlooking the shores of Lake Ontario, Toronto is Canada’s leading cultural and financial center. Disembark and transfer to the airport for return flights home. (B)

We consider this program to be mildly active. Most of our touring is done by motorcoach, boat and horse and carriage. Some excursions involve short walks. Travelers will have ample opportunity to take in the beautiful Great Lakes scenery from the comfort of our ship. Participants must be physically fit and in active good health. We welcome travelers over the age of 15 on this program.

Limited to a total of 100 participants, including travelers from the Stanford University.


Launched in early 2009 after extensive refurbishment, redecoration and other improvements, the all-suite Clelia II offers the finest in small-ship cruise travel. This private yacht-like cruise ship accommodates only 100 guests in 50 suites, each of which affords sea views, measures 215 square feet or more, and is appointed with a sitting area or separate living room, two twin-size beds or one queen-size bed, spacious closets, air conditioning, mini-refrigerator, safe, telephone, TV, DVD/CD player and bathroom with marble vanity, teak floor and shower. Public areas include a restaurant that accommodates guests at a single unassigned seating, two lounges, expansive library with Internet access, gym, beauty salon, boutique, Jacuzzi, infirmary and ample deck areas for relaxing and sunbathing. An elevator serves all decks.

Clelia II complies with the latest international and U.S. Coast Guard safety regulations and is outfitted with the most current navigational and communications technology as well as with retractable fin stabilizers for smooth sailing, an ice-strengthened hull and a fleet of Zodiacs.Clelia II is staffed by 60 officers and crew. Taken together with her limited guest capacity, excellence of design, craftsmanship, and material, Clelia II‘s spaciousness and intimate ambience combine to make her ideal for distinctive cultural and expedition voyages.


Seven breakfasts, six lunches, seven dinners.

Program Fees

Starting at $5,695 per person, double occupancy, land program, based on cabin category. Please refer to price chart below. A limited number of single rooms are available for a supplement of $1,995 to the per-person, double occupancy rate.

Price Includes:
• Seven-night cruise aboard the Clelia II
• Seven breakfasts, six lunches and seven dinners
• Welcome and farewell cocktail receptions
• Bottled water on excursions
• Open bar aboard ship throughout the cruise
• Gratuities to porters, guides, drivers and ship crew for all group activities
• All tours and shore excursions as described in the itinerary
• Transfers and baggage handling for participants arriving and departing on program dates
• Port fees and embarkation taxes
• Educational program with lecture series and pre-departure materials, including recommended reading list, a selected book, map and travel information
• Services of our professional tour manager to assist you throughout the program

Price Does Not Include:
• International and U.S. domestic airfare
• Passport and visa fees
• Immunization costs
• Meals and beverages other than those specified as included
• Transfers and baggage handling for those not arriving or departing on recommended flight itineraries
• Trip-cancellation/interruption and baggage insurance
• Excess-baggage charges
• Personal items such as e-mail, telephone and fax calls, laundry and gratuities for nongroup services

Cabin Categories and Rates

  Regular Rates Early Booking Rates
Category E $6,395 $5,695
Category D $7,195 $6,495
Category C $7,995 $7,295
Category B $8,795 $8,095
Category A $9,495 $8,795
Category AA $10,095 $9,395
Category VS $11,795 $9,795
Category PHS $12,995 $10,995
Single Supplement $1,995 $1,995

Not Included: Airfare; visa and passport fees; luggage, cancellation and accident insurance; meals and beverages other than those specified above; personal expenses such as laundry, telephone calls, faxes, and e-mail service; and gratuities to shipboard personnel.

General Terms & Conditions

Payment Schedule: A deposit of $1,000 per person is required to reserve your space on the tour. For your convenience, you may charge your deposit to your American Express, Visa, Discover, or MasterCard. Final payment is due 90 days prior to departure. Credit cards are not accepted for final payment. However, personal checks are accepted for both deposits and final payment.

Cancellations & Refunds: All cancellations of confirmed reservations are subject to a $300 per person administrative fee. Additionally, passengers are subject to any cancellation fees assessed by the purveyors of services, including airlines or hotels used in the itinerary. Cancellations received 61-90 days prior to departure will be assessed a penalty equal to 50% of the total program cost per person. Cancellations received within 60 days of departure are subject to 100% cancellation penalties. Requests for cancellations must be made in writing. No refunds will be made for any part of this program in which you choose not to participate. Service fees may apply to deviations and are non-refundable.

Insurance: We strongly recommend the purchase of trip cancellation insurance, which is available for coverage of expenses in conjunction with cancellation due to illness or accident. Baggage insurance is also recommended. In the event that you must cancel your participation in a travel program, trip cancellation insurance may be the only source of reimbursement. You may enroll with Travel Dynamics International’s insurance carrier, Travelex, or you may obtain coverage through a company of your choice.

Itinerary: The itinerary, accommodations, and arrangements are subject to change at the discretion of Travel Dynamics International.

Responsibility: Please read carefully the following terms and conditions, which constitute the sole, legally enforceable agreements between the passenger and Travel Dynamics International and the tour’s sponsoring organization. The passenger is also advised to review his/her separate ticket passage contract with the vessel’s owner/ operator, which will constitute the sole, legally enforceable terms of carriage for this tour and is available on request from Travel Dynamics International. Travel Dynamics International and the tour’s sponsoring organization act solely as agents for the passenger with respect to all transportation, hotel and other tour arrangements. In that capacity, we exercise all reasonable care possible to ensure the passenger’s safety and satisfaction, but, we neither assume nor bear any responsibility or liability for any injury, death, damage, loss, accident, delay or irregularity arising in connection with the services of any ship, airplane, train, automobile, motor coach, carriage or other conveyance, or the actions of any third-party, involved in carrying the passenger or in effecting these tours. We are not responsible for damages, additional expenses, or any other losses due to cancellation, delay or other changes in air or other services, sickness, weather, strike, war, civil disturbances, acts or threats of terrorism, travel warnings or bans, termination or suspension of war risks or other carrier insurance, quarantine, acts of God or other causes beyond our control. All such losses must be borne by the passenger, and tour rates provide for arrangements only for the time stated. In the event of cancellation, delay or rescheduling mandated by any of the aforesaid causes beyond our control, the passenger shall have the option of accepting in lieu of the original tour such rescheduled tour or other substituted tour(s) as may be offered by us, or else, receiving a refund of as much of such advance tour expenditures as we are able to recover on the passenger’s behalf from carriers, third-party tour vendors, etc., but, we shall not have any obligation or liability to the passenger beyond the foregoing. We reserve the right to make alterations to the tour’s itinerary and to substitute hotels, ships, or lecturers if this is required. We reserve the right to cancel, delay, or reschedule any tour prior to departure, and, so long as this is not due to any of the aforesaid causes beyond our control, the passenger shall be entitled to a full refund of all monies paid to that point if he/she so desires. No refund shall be made for any unused portion of any tour. By forwarding their deposit(s), the passenger certifies that he/ she and/or their dependents, minors or others covered thereby do not have any mental, physical or other condition of disability that could create a hazard for them or other passengers. We reserve the right to decline to accept or to decline to retain any person as a member of any tour should such person’s health, condition or actions adversely affect or threaten the welfare or safety of other passengers or impede the tour. Baggage or valuables brought on the tour shall be transported, handled or stored at the passenger’s risk entirely, and, we shall bear no liability or responsibility for any damage or other loss thereto. Resolution of any disputes arising hereunder shall be effected exclusively in the state or federal courts presiding in the City of New York, pursuant to applicable New York law.

Rates: Tour costs are based upon current airfares, tariffs, and currency values. While we do everything possible to maintain the listed prices, they are subject to change.

Ship’s Registry: Malta CST #204 3599-40 TDI

Fuel Costs: In the uncertain, often volatile oil market of late, it is difficult to predict fuel costs over the long term and, more specifically, at the time of operation of this voyage. Our prices are based upon the prevailing fuel rates at the time of brochure printing. While we will do everything possible to maintain our prices, if the fuel rates increase significantly, it may be necessary to institute a fuel surcharge.