Just returned from a 10-day cruise of the Great Lakes, organized by the UCLA Alumni Association. We left from Chicago and flew home from Toronto. En route, we visited all five lakes, if only for a couple of hours (i.e., Lake Superior).
Our ship was the Victory I, a 200-passenger vessel much smaller than the massive 4,000-person oceanliners we're used to when traveling with Disney. Onboard "at lake" activities were pretty much restricted to lectures and tours of the galley and captain's bridge. Plus we calculated it took 14 laps of walking around the main deck to equal one mile, compared to the three laps on the Disney Wonder.
Still we had a wonderful time, seeing new sights and talking to folks from around the country. The ship was filled with alums from many different institutions, all of whom were highly educated and lots of PhDs. Meals were open-seating, so we had our pick of breakfast, lunch and dinner companions. Surprisingly, we were among the youngest people onboard. We thought we were special celebrating our 32nd wedding anniversary on the second day of the cruise, but were humbled to meet several couples well into their fifth decade of marriage. Everyone had a fascinating story to tell!
Posts about the major ports-of-call follow below. But first let's start with a quick overview of life on the Victory I.
Traveling through the Sault Sainte Marie (pronounced Soo San Marie)
locks to briefly touch Lake Superior