Explore the vast granite islands that make up Georgian Bay Biosphere Reserve through Viking Great Lakes Cruises. Walk and kayak through serene beauty and breathtaking views. Explore Victorian style at Mackinac Island, then venture into the boreal forest of Sleeping Giant Provincial Park on the northern shore of Lake Superior. This cruise travels through the wetlands along the coast that are brimming with birds and pristine beaches and even meets with the indigenous culture that is part of The Great Lakes, all while sailing on the luxury Viking Octantis.
Experience of Viking octants cabin
On board, the Octantis 378 passengers can choose between six different types of rooms and suites. Each has one of the characteristic VIKING Nordic balconies and windows with ledges that roll down effortlessly. From each room, guests will enjoy stunning perspectives of the Great Lakes and other North American destinations. With more than 180 cabins on the Octantis, guests can make various choices. To learn more about each cabin style, look at our guide, and the deck plans below.
Octantis Nordic Balcony Cabin. The biggest category of rooms available on Viking’s Great Lakes cruise ship comes with king-sized beds, a mini-bar, separate bathrooms with heated floors, and drying closets for your gear. With 222 square feet, the rooms are big enough for two guests.
Octantis Nordic Balcony Deluxe Cabin. They offer all the advantages that come with the Nordic Balcony Cabin and are identical in size. The Deluxe is sweetened with a single reservation at each restaurant and the privilege of accessing the spa and reservations for adventure.
Octantis Nordic Penthouse Suite. With 269 square feet of space and 269 square feet, the Nordic Penthouse can be described as a large luxury stay. These suites provide even more advanced access to restaurant reservations and all the comforts of earlier cabins, complimentary champagne, clothes pressing, and shoe-shine service.
Great Lakes & Canada Cruises
Explore natural wonders. From stunning beauty to historical cities and deep connections to nature, the Great Lakes are an undiscovered treasure with stunning national parks best explored by peaceful Kayaking and hiking. The region is also rich in culture featuring world-class museums, vibrant cities, and regions rooted in First Nations traditions.
The most enjoyable cruises on the Great Lakes
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Ocean Navigator and Ocean Voyager
Great Lakes sailings: American Queen Voyages offers 10-night cruises between Chicago and Toronto and 14-night trips between Chicago and Montreal (including an optional pre-cruise night at a hotel in the city of departure). Prices start at $5,000 per person.
Make your reservation now: AQVoyages.com.
American Queen Voyages’ two coast-based ships in the Great Lakes are the 202-passenger Ocean Voyager (formerly Victory 1) and the sister ship Ocean Navigator (formerly Victory II). The ships were launched in 2016 and 2018, respectively. Particularly noteworthy is that they are the only ones that dock in Chicago’s Navy Pier. (The other cruise route with the Great Lakes to visit Chicago will be run by the German line Hapag-Lloyd in 2023.)
Ocean Navigator and the Ocean Voyager and Ocean Navigator have been updated with a traditional style. The accommodations range from tiny, 146-square-foot rooms and spacious staterooms with shared outdoor decks to 335-square-foot owners’ suites with private verandas and living areas. The menu includes an unlimited open bar and bikes for excursions along the shoreline.
Great Lakes sailings: Seven-night cruises between Toronto and Milwaukee are scheduled in September this season and September and October 2023. Costs start at $5,170.
Get your tickets now: Ponant.com
French luxurious line Ponant offers the 18-ton Le Bellot (built-in 2020) located in the Great Lakes this fall, to be joined by the sister Le Dumont d’Urville in 2023. Le Dumont d’Urville in 2023. These expedition yachts with six decks feature international food and free wine tastings typical of French-operated vessels. They also have an outdoor pool and a lounge with a panoramic view. And there’s the cool aspect of having the underwater lounge called Blue Eye, with submarine-like views of walleye fish and other Great Lakes marine life.
Great Lakes sailings: The line offers 7-to-11-night cruises around 4 of the Great Lakes (Ontario, Huron, Erie, and Michigan). Prices start at $5,650 for a person.
Book now: PearlSeaCruises.com
Pearl Seas Cruises (sister line to American Cruise Lines) has on the Great Lakes a personal passenger capacity of 210 passengers on the Pearl Mist, the 15-year-old coastal cruiser dressed in clean traditional decor. A major benefit is that all cabins have sliding glass doors open to balconies.
There are lounges on board, a library, and a generally calm atmosphere. This is a ship with no things to do, where passengers are content to distract their time with reading, views, or a chat. Shore excursions include Kayaking, lobster fishing, hiking, and tour boats with glass bottoms.
Amenities, Dining, and Drinks on the Viking Octantis
While on the Octantis, travelers can choose to dine in any of the four restaurants of world-class each one with its particular dishes and fashion. Reservations are possible, and priority or early reservations are available with certain room packages. Below, we’ve listed all of Viking conboardip’s onboard dining establishments.
The Restaurant. The Octantis The restaurant’s signature, luxurious dining experience features the menu in a rotation and the traditional dishes. The menus are made up of locally-sourced ingredients and are prepared by skilled chefs.
The World Cafe. The restaurant bakes fresh bread, sushi, seafood, and more right in your face. With cuisines from around the globe, World Cafe offers something for every person.
Mamsen’s. A Norwegian food experience, the restaurant serves all-day meals with the same style as VIKING’S country of origin.
Manfredi’s Italian. Manfredi brings traditional Italian food to Octantis. This restaurant serves all the traditional dishes in a warm, traditional Italian environment.
For every meal at the Octantis, guests will receive a bottle of beer or wine. The Bar, the Explorer’s Lounge, and the Aquavit Terrace offer cocktails, drinks, and beer and wine. For those who prefer a quieter environment, mini-bars can be found in every room. The option of drink packages is available and included in specific room packages.