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Cruise ship company announces Montreal-Chicago trips in July

Feb 22, 2015

SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. (AP) - As hard as it may be to imagine the nearly ice-covered Great Lakes as a Caribbean-like cruise ship destination, that's just what they'll be when summer comes to the world's largest fresh water system. 

Sailing beneath the Mackinac Bridge into Lake Michigan
Credit www.greatlakescruising.com

Great Lakes Cruise Co. says it will begin offering itineraries between Montreal and Chicago in July on the M.S. Saint Laurent. The company's website describes the ship as a "4-star, intimate and charming ocean-going coastal vessel."

 The ship has 105 staterooms, considerably smaller than many of the mega-vessels that cruise the Caribbean because of size limitations imposed by the Great Lakes' lock system. The company says the Saint Laurent leaves Montreal July 5, with stops that include Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, and Windsor, Ontario It's to arrive July 14 in Chicago.