The inland seas known as the Great Lakes contain more than 1/5th of the world’s fresh water and since the time the Michigan area was discovered by the early Indians, the lakes have supplied fish and game and a route for trade. In fact, the Great Lakes have long been a popular luxury cruise destination for vacationers and at one time the lakes were one of the busiest waterways in the world, made that way in part by the popularity of Great Lakes cruises.

The waterways are still an important part of the U.S. and Canada. So, is it any wonder that a lot of people still enjoy their vacations on the decks of Great Lakes cruise ships?

Whether it is a Great Lakes cruise, some chartered fishing time, scuba diving, or a dinner cruise, Great Lakes ports provide it all. Several companies offer luxury cruises on the Great Lakes as well as ocean luxury cruises and dozens more offer charters and dive excursions. Great Lakes cruises are available in all of the lakes, although a bit of shopping might be necessary to find one Great Lakes cruise that goes to every lake.

A favorite course seems to be from the Northwestern tip of Lake Superior through Lakes Huron and Erie and to Niagra Falls, and this Great Lakes cruise touches a greater number of the Great Lakes that most other Great Lakes cruises known available.

Another fun thing to do is charter a boat for fishing or scuba diving. Great Lakes charter boats are usually smaller that the luxury cruise ships and are often run by individuals who either specialize in providing charter services or provide the services part time. Which is better? It depends on what you want to accomplish. For a Great Lakes dive excursion, a competent dive master is a must. But, many of these individuals don’t earn their living exclusively from operating a boat. Many may run dive shops, provide equipment repair or lessons, and are still more than competent to handle the occasional charter.

Fishing charters are often the same way. The charter captain may have fished the Great Lakes for twenty years and operated a boat all of that time and still only be a part-time captain. Sometimes, even full time captains can provide poor service.

Great Lakes cruise ships and charter boats are required to be inspected for safety by the U.S. Coast Guard. This is a thorough inspection that helps ensure the passengers will have a safe and happy trip. Passengers who are nervous about the condition of a ship can always question the crew about the results of this inspection. With only a small bit of caution and effort, most people are able to have a safe, happy holiday on their Great Lakes cruise.

Remember, that Great Lakes Charters, like Great Lakes Cruises are best enjoyed in the warmer months between June and early September, and if you prefer the air to be a bit less nippy, you might want to consider late July and early August.

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