Lake Superior – a life-sized expedition on Le Champlain

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Set off with PONANT aboard Le Champlain on an all-new 11-day expedition cruise discovering Lake Superior, an exceptional exploration amidst flamboyant nature and the cultural riches of the Indigenous communities. 

Leaving from Thunder Bay, you will sail on Lake Superior, designated a UNESCO International Biosphere Reserve, which will open the path to some fine exploring along the northern ‘Inside Passage’. Its sparkling waters are home to rich fauna, primary forest and communities descending from the First Nations, among the oldest indigenous peoples before colonisation. 

You will arrive back in the United States in Sault Ste Marie, located on the banks of St. Marys River, a natural border with Canada. Indigenous, French and British influences have endowed the city with a wealth of historical treasures, and it is also renowned for its locks where the shipping traffic is one of the highest in the world.

You will continue your exploration towards Mackinac Island, only accessible by boat. This preserved and car-free haven will reveal itself to the sound of horse-drawn carriages and the noise of hooves hitting the paved streets. The Victorian charm of past-times works its spell here and the impressive Mackinac Bridge spans the straits between Lake Michigan and Lake Huron.

You will then reach Door County and the small town of Sturgeon Bay for an exceptional port of call on the shores of Lake Michigan. Its landscapes, its jagged coastline to which historic lighthouses cling, and its vineyards and fruit trees as far as the eye can see compose a lovely postcard of this territory, known as the orchard of the Midwest.

You will enjoy sailing on Lake Michigan, a real inland sea, following the footsteps of the first settlers, trappers and Indigenous communities.

You will finally set sail for Milwaukee, your disembarkation port, the end of a magnificent cruise.

Subject to weather conditions. The expedition highlights, encounters with the wildlife and itinerary described illustrate possible experiences only and cannot be guaranteed.

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About Le Champlain
About Ponant
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PONANT is the World Leader in Luxury Expeditions with ultra-modern, intimate ships, offering attentive service and well-designed itineraries that touch all corners of the globe. Every cruise is a blend of adventure, exploration, and discovery—all experienced in luxurious comfort, even in the heart of extreme landscapes.

Why cruise with PONANT?

• 12 luxury small ships, able to easily navigate small waterways and visit remote destinations not accessible by large cruise ships.

Le Commandant Charcot, the world’s first luxury hybrid-electric polar exploration yacht, sails further into the polar regions (including the Geographic North Pole).

• The youngest expedition fleet afloat.

• The leader in luxury polar expeditions for over 20 years and cultural cruising for over 30 years.

• Over 400 awe-inspiring cruises, calling at over 450 ports on all seven continents.

• Experts on board our voyages of discovery and learning to enrich guests’ understanding of the destinations.

• An exclusive partnership with Smithsonian Journeys, the the travel program of the Smithsonian Institution.

• Understated elegance on board with French-inspired cuisine, fine wines, and chic design.

• Proud to partner with Sothys, Veuve Clicquot, and Ducasse Conseil. Ships feature fabrics by Pierre Frey, beauty products from Hermès, macarons by Ladurée, and tea from Palais des Thés.

• 100% of our staterooms have a sea view and 95% have a balcony (100% on the PONANT EXPLORERS).

• Attentive yet discreet service from an experienced, multilingual onboard staff and crew.

• Open bridge access (requires approval from Captain).

• “Clean Ship” certification for the fleet in recognition of their eco-friendly features.

• All-inclusive pricing with open bar, gratuities, port fees, and taxes (including Zodiac explorations/landings on expeditions).

• The world’s first underwater passenger lounge, the Blue Eye, featured exclusively on the PONANT EXPLORER ships.

Sep 14, 2024 through
Sep 24, 2024
Sep 10, 2024 7:00 PM
10 Nights from
$8,370.00 (USD)
Per Person
+ $560.00 taxes/fees
Deluxe Stateroom Cat.DEL
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Day Port Arrive Depart
1 Thunder Bay 8:00 PM
2 Slate Island, Lake Superior
3 Red Rock, Lake Superior
4 Red Rock, Lake Superior
5 Silver Islet, Lake Superior
6 Sailing Lake Superior
6 Duluth, Lake Superior
7 Bayfield, Apostle Islands
8 Sailing Through Keweenaw Waterway Canal
8 Sailing Lake Superior
9 Mackinac Island 7:00 AM
10 Algoma 7:00 AM
11 Milwaukee 7:00 AM
Prices are per-person based on double occupancy, unless otherwise noted.