Where Are We Going?
Tuesday, September 12 - DETROIT, MICHIGAN (Overnight)
The package includes a premium hotel stay, where you can enjoy the city leisurely. On the morning of the cruise, meet in the hotel lobby after breakfast, and we will transport you to the ship to begin your cruise. All luggage will be brought directly from the hotel and placed in our stateroom aboard the ship.
Wednesday, September 13 - DETROIT, MICHIGAN
Detroit, commonly known as the "Motor City," is vibrant, progressive, and busting at the seams with charm. The West Canfield Historic District, located on Canfield Avenue between Second and Third streets, is the only block in Detroit lined on both sides with well-preserved Victorian homes and broad sidewalks. Corktown, the city's oldest neighborhood, has charming little shops and great places to eat. If architecture and history are appealing, visit the Guardian Building. Built-in the 192s, this building, known as the Cathedral of Finance, is one of the foremost Art Deco-style skyscrapers in the world. In addition to history, the city has many museums to see and experience. The Detroit Institute of Arts has one of the largest and most significant art collections in the country, with over 100 galleries to peruse. The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, located inside the Midtown Cultural Center, is one of the world's oldest independent African American museums. Detroit is the home of Motown, so to see where some of the greatest legends in R&B recorded their tunes, visit the Motown Museum. Last, but not least is the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, which showcases more contemporary art. Other highlights include One Campus Martius, an office building that has become an attraction for its 14-story lobby waterfall. An optional premium experience to the Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation lets you chronicle the captivating history o the automotive industry. Visitors are astounded by the museum's vast and varied artifacts of American heritage.
Thursday, September 14 - CLEVELAND, OHIO
Step off the ship onto what some call America's "North Coast" and discover why Clevelanders are so fiercely proud of their home. The reinvented city reverberates with vitality and a cool new atmosphere. Expand your mind at the world-class Cleveland Museum of Art, with over 45,000 works to explore. You can also feel the backbeat at the museum devoted to one of America's finest gifts to the world - the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. An optional premium experience to Geauga County offers a glimpse into a simpler way of life with a visit to an Amish home for a traditional wedding feast.
Friday, September 15 - NIAGARA FALLS (PORT COLBORNE), ONTARIO, CANADA
We dock at Port Colborne, located on Lake Erie. Originally called Gravelly Bay, after the shallow, bedrock-floored bay upon which it sits, the city traces its roots to the United Empire Loyalist settlements established in the area following the American Revolution. The original village was renamed after Sir John Colborne, the Lieutenant Governor of Upper Canda at the time the Welland Canal's new southern terminus opened in 1833. In the year 1888, American tourists from southern states began building vacation homes on the lakeshore of the western edge of the town. By 1890, these southern transplants had created an entire gated community called The Humberstone Club. Over 30 grand summer homes, along with a variety of clubhouses and service buildings, were built along the lake in the following years, many of which still stand today on historic Tennessee Avenue. Described by the city as "Niagara's South Coast," tourism is important to Port Colborne's local economy. The city features live theatre, golfing, trails, fishing, beaches, restaurants, recreation, a marina, and shopping districts along the Welland Canal. But most American Queen Voyages guests will consider Port Colborne, the gateway to Niagara Falls, which is approximately 45 minutes away by coach. Since its formation 12,000 years ago, the power and grandeur of Niagara Falls have been coveted by explorers, honeymooners, daredevils, and the curious. Our optional premium experience ferries you past the roiling waterfall whitewater and massive rock formations, followed by a tasting at a local winery and time to shop for souvenirs.
Saturday, September 16 - TORONTO, ONTARIO, CANADA
A Frenchman named Etienne Brule was sent into the "Canadian" wilderness by the famous explorer Samuel de Champlain in the early 1600s. Brule found the river and portage routes from the St. Lawrence Seaway to Lake Huron, possibly Lakes Superior and Michigan, and eventually Lake Ontario. The native Huron peoples had long called this area between the Humber and Don rivers "Toronto," believed to mean "meeting place." A bustling village evolved into a French trading post. After the British won the Seven Years' War, the settlement was renamed York in 1793. More than 40 years later, the city officially became Toronto on March 6, 1834. Following an unsuccessful American invasion in 1812, several devastating fires, and a rebellion in 1837, there was a slow but steady increase in the population of white Anglo-Saxon Protestants leading into the 20th century. Unlike the USA's "melting pot" concept, Toronto can be described as more of a "tossed salad" of ethnic groups. Since World War II, the city has attracted residents, from all over the world, with more than 27.5 million visitors annually. Indeed, Toronto is the leading destination for tourists in Canada - a bold, dynamic city offering superb attractions, music, and events. This vibrant, modern city with 19th-century flair offers a cultural kaleidoscope for residents and visitors alike. Considered Canada's premier metropolis, the diverse city also provides various dining delicacies. Perhaps visit the historic St. Lawrence Market, where the flavors of Toronto have come alive in authentic artisan foods for more than 200 years.
Sunday, September 17 - GANANOQUE, ONTARIO, CANADA
The port of Gananoque is found at the confluence of St. Lawrence and Gananoque rivers, in the heart of The Thousand Islands - a North American archipelago comprised of 1,864 islands straddle the Canada-U.S. border in the St. Lawrence River as it emerges from Lake Ontario. They stretch for about 50 miles (80 km) downstream from Kingston, Ontario. The Canadian islands are in the province of Ontario, and the U.S. islands are in the state of New York. Gananoque can mean "Water Rising over Rocks" or "Garden of the Great Spirit," recognized as one of Eastern Ontario's most stunning waterfront communities. And equally colorful is the life of Joel Stone, who was granted the land by the British in 1793. He started with 700 acres and a flour mill and saw the potential to develop lumbering, mining, and milling. Indeed, by the early 19th century, the Gananoque River was lined on both banks by numerous mills, a tannery, a tool manufacturing plant, and a harness and carriage factory. The influence of the river on the town continues today for the people that call this place home, those that summer on the islands, and visitors. The natural beauty of the Gananoque region has been a conduit for the creative community. Whether one is artsy with a twist of outdoorsy or a bucket list traveler in need of a dash of adrenaline, there is never a shortage of things to do, places to visit, and memories to make.
Monday, September 18 - CORNWALL (ST. LAWRENCE), ONTARIO, CANADA
Cornwall is Ontario's easternmost city, located on the Saint Lawrence River in the Quebec City-Windsor Corridor along Ontario Highway 401, and is the urban center for surrounding communities. Cornwall; is named after the English Duchy of Cornwall; the city's coat of arms is based on that of the duchy, with its colors reversed and the addition of a "royal treasure," a Scottish symbol of royalty. Cornwall sits on the Canada-U.S. border, located across the Seaway from the town of Massena, New York.
Tuesday, September 19 - QUEBEC CITY, QUEBEC (OVERNIGHT)
Wednesday, September 20 - QUEBEC CITY, QUEBEC
The historic district of Old Quebec (a UNESCO world heritage site since 1985) or what is today known as Quebec City transports visitors. Just moments in the sleek, gentility of this magnificent destination, you'll feel as if you were whisking across the Atlantic for a whirlwind European holiday. The old-world charm of this ramparted enclave sounds a siren's call to visitors. From a raised mound of earth, Chateau Frontenac - now a hotel - towers toward the heavens over Upper Town, evoking the grandeur of a country estate. Traces of the city's English heritage can be seen in the mixed borders of the living artwork within the Joan of Arc Garden. Perched atop a cliff above the Saint Lawrence River, Quebec City is a destination unlike any other in North America. The only fortified city north of Mexico and the birthplace of French Canada dates to the 17th century. With its rich history, cobblestone streets, historic castles, picturesque architecture, and seductive food and wine scene, it's easy to appreciate why Quebec City draws more than 4.6 million travelers per year. Whether you travel for cultural or historical enrichment, or you prefer to enjoy charcuterie at a charming bistro, aperitif in hand, there's something for everyone in Quebec's capital city. If you choose outdoor activities to get your blood pumping, head to the Montmorency River, just outside town. Atop Montmorency Falls (99 feet higher than Niagara), test your fear of heights by crossing the suspension bridge that hangs over the crest.
Thursday, September 21 - MONTREAL, QUEBEC, CANADA (OVERNIGHT)
Approximately 31 miles long by 10 miles wide, with a 755-foot mountain occupying its center, Montreal was a land mass inhabited by the Iroquois who had lived in Quebec for thousands of years. In 1535, Jacques Cartier from France was among the first to explore the island. Cartier and his men climbed to the highest point to place a cross, claiming the mountain for France and naming it Mont-Royal. The city of Ville Marie, founded by Paul de Chomedey Maisonneuve in 1642, was later renamed Montreal. In 1759 French colonists were defeated, and Montreal was occupied and administered by Great Britain. Despite being conquered by the British, French Montrealers continued to flourish and exist as the majority on the island over the subsequent decades. Many French Montrealers on the island still have the last name of a British ancestor. A large number of English-speaking Montrealers also have French last names. When considering metropolitan sophistication, Montreal comes to mind as its geography is as diverse as its population. Some 120-plus cultural communities comprise the city's multilingual fabric. An included tour showcases attractions that are urban wonders yet steeped in history. Guests also have time to visit museums, boutiques, and galleries. Optional tours take visitors to the Mount Royal Overlook for a birds-eye view of the city, then slip beneath the metropolis to explore Underground City and its many shops, art venues, and bistros. Marvel at ornate edifices like Notre-Dame Basilica of Montreal, which is sculpted, painted and gilded in gold leaf.
Friday, September 22 - MONTREAL, QUEBEC
As your American Queen Voyages journey concludes, there are other opportunities for you to take in the town - whether it's an optional premier post-cruise experience or a quick transfer to the airport for your final trip home - our team can pre-arrange everything for you.