Posted by: cruise2 | 20 June, 2011

Detroit To Open A New Cruise Terminal For Great Lakes Cruising

by thecruisepeople

Later this month, the Detroit-Wayne County Port Authority will open its new Public Dock and Terminal, to be called Port Detroit. This new $22 million facility will be available for use by cruise ships, visiting naval vessels, tall ships and perhaps even by a new ferry service to Windsor, Ontario, across the Detroit River in Canada. The last ferries disappeared with the opening of the present bridge.

Part of a 5½-mile redevelopment of the whole Detroit waterfront, called River Walk, in addition to customs and border patrol facilities for the clearance of incoming cruise ships the 30,000-square foot Public Dock and Terminal will house new offices for the port authority..


Blount Small Ship Adventures will be the terminal’s first cruise customer, with its 96-berth Grande Mariner making two calls next month. Blount have introduced two new itineraries recently, between New York and Toronto and between Toronto and Georgian Bay. Another cruise line newcomer, yet to be announced, is planning six departures and six arrivals at Detroit between June and September of 2012, handling a dozen passenger lists to and from Chicago, Duluth and Quebec City.


Hapag-Lloyd Cruises’ Columbus, seen here in the Detroit River, is to become Plantours’ Hamburg

And there will be others. The largest ship to cruise the Great Lakes in recent years has been Hapag-Lloyd Cruises’ 14,903-ton Columbus, which first came into the Great Lakes in 1997. In 2012, she will be taken over by Plantours & Partner of Bremen, to become its MS Hamburg and it is hoped that she will return to the Great Lakes under her new name in 2013.

To learn more about cruising in the Great Lakes and St Lawrence River call The Cruise People Ltd in London on 020 7723 2450 or in North America at 1-800-961-5536.

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