CLEVELAND — Yet another luxury cruise line is using Cleveland as a port of call as part of a Great Lakes excursion.
On Saturday, passengers from Tauck's "Cruising the Great Lakes: Chicago to Toronto" excursion will arrive at the Port of Cleveland to mark yet another milestone in the city's growth as a cruise ship destination.
The port call to Cleveland marks Tauck's first-ever visit to the city in its 98-year history. The company’s Great Lakes cruise sails aboard the intimate 430-foot, 184-guest Le Dumont-D’Urville, which is owned and operated by the luxury French cruise line Ponant. Saturday will be the ship’s first-ever visit to Cleveland as well.
According to Tauck, its “Cruising the Great Lakes: Chicago to Toronto” excursion will visit Cleveland a total of 10 times in 2023 and 2024.
Tauck guests will enjoy a full day in Cleveland, beginning with an exclusive pre-opening visit to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame on Saturday morning. After a pub lunch and beer flight at a local craft brewery, guests will take in other sites including Playhouse Square, Edgewater Park and University Circle.
“Our cruises visit top destinations around the globe, from Antarctica to Venice, Italy to the Galapagos Islands, yet we’re always thrilled to showcase world-class locations closer to home,” said Tauck CEO Dan Mahar in a release from the company and Lesic & Camper Communications. “Cleveland has so much to offer, and it’s a fantastic addition to our ‘Cruising the Great Lakes’ itinerary.”
2023 has been a banner year for cruising in Cleveland. In June, the Viking cruise ship Polaris made a stop at the Port of Cleveland as part of its maiden voyage. The city was also visited by ships from Pearl Seas Cruises and American Queen Voyages.
"Tourism is a vital part of our local economy,” added Will Friedman, President & CEO of the Port of Cleveland. “We expect to see even more cruise ships arrive in Cleveland in the next several years, and are happy to work with Tauck to accommodate more visitors.”
Check out photos of the Le Dumont-D’Urville below.