1. Great Lakes Cruise ships are often smaller than ocean going cruise liners and are not usually so crowded with other passengers.

2. On a Great Lakes Cruise, you are always a short distance from the US or Canadian mainland and generally aren’t very far from a city with state-of-the-art health care facilities. This is important to seniors and is growing in importance to boomers.

3. The great lakes offer some of the most fantastic scenery in the world, from Niagara falls to the Pictured Rocks, there is always something new to see.

4. Some of the world’s largest cities line the shores of the Great Lakes, or are within a couple of hours drive. Toronto, Detroit, Chicago, Duluth, Montreal and Milwaukee all are on the coast.

5. Even the smaller ports that the cruise ships put in at offer fine restaurants, beautiful golf courses, unique shopping, exhibits of local arts, festivals and other events.

6. Cruises are often cheaper than ocean going cruises, because the ships are smaller and cheaper to operate and maintain and because you can often get shorter cruises.

7. You are usually in sight of the mainland of either the United States or Canada, offering a heightened sense of security.

8. Great Lakes Cruises offer the chance to retrace history. Many of the small towns and villages along the shores of the great lakes have changed little in the last 50 years, and some haven’t changed much in the last 100. When you cruise the Great Lakes, you cruise the history of the United States and Canada, following the trade routes of the Potawatomi and the early Voyageurs.

9.  Lakes cruises are scalable, from short cruises that last only hours to days and weeks long excursions that cover thousands of miles.

10. A great variety of craft are available for cruising from small charter boats to luxury yachts to Tall Ships and steam powered paddle-wheelers.

With so many choices of ship, destination and duration, there is a cruise available for almost everyone.

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