Victory Cruise Lines has acquired a second ship, to be named Victory II. The vessel is the sibling ship and will be identical to the 202-passenger Victory I, which launched Victory Cruise Lines on the Great Lakes in July 2016. Victory II will be upgraded to the standards of Victory I. The Victory II’s inaugural voyage will sail from Boston, Massachusetts, on May 20, 2018.
Victory II will begin service with a series of seven-night Canada and New England cruises starting May 20, 2018. The itineraries between Boston/Gloucester, Massachusetts, and Halifax, Nova Scotia, will call at ports along the coast. Cruises departing from Gloucester include Provincetown on Cape Cod, Massachusetts; Newport, Rhode Island; Plymouth, Massachusetts; Martha’s Vineyard off the coast of Cape Cod; Portland and Bar Harbor, Maine; and Lunenburg, Nova Scotia; with scenic cruising in the Cape Cod Canal. Sailings from Halifax will call at the same ports in reverse order.
In addition to the New England cruises, Victory II will sail several 10-night voyages on the St. Lawrence Seaway and Canadian Maritimes with calls at Montreal, Quebec; whale watching in the Saguenay Fjord, Quebec City; Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island; Halifax; Niagara Falls; Cleveland, Ohio; and Detroit, Michigan.
A highlight of Victory II's first season on the Great Lakes will be the line's first cruises to major ports on Lake Superior, a Victory Cruise Lines exclusive. Lake Superior cruises will visit Marquette and Houghton, Michigan; Duluth, Minnesota; and Thunder Bay, Ontario — gateway to the heartland of Canada. These itineraries also will call at Milwaukee, Green Bay and Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin; and Muskegon, Michigan. These great new ports of call will complement passenger favorites like Mackinac Island, Michigan; Parry Sound, Ontario; Little Current, Manitoulin Island, Ontario; the Soo Locks between Lake Superior and the Lower Great Lakes; and Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario; Cleveland, Detroit and Niagara Falls.
The Victory II, like Victory I, will have all-inclusive shipboard amenities, with all food and beverages — including alcoholic beverages — as well as shore excursions and immersive port experiences included in the fare.