Hapag-Lloyd to Offer Fall Foliage Cruises on the Great Lakes

Ana Figueroa After a successful series of Great Lakes Cruises in 2005, Hapag-Lloyd will return to the world’s largest body of fresh water this year. The line’s “3-stars-plus” ship, MV Columbus, will circumvent the locks of the Great Lakes this fall on the Great Lakes stretch of its around the world journ

By: Ana Figueroa

After a successful series of Great Lakes Cruises in 2005, Hapag-Lloyd will return to the world’s largest body of fresh water this year. The line’s “3-stars-plus” ship, MV Columbus, will circumvent the locks of the Great Lakes this fall on the Great Lakes stretch of its around the world journey.

The itinerary touches four states and two Canadian provinces, and features a trip through the St. Lawrence Waterway system. It includes stops in Chicago, Detroit, Milwaukee and Cleveland, as well as Ontario, Canada. Passengers will also have the opportunity to see Niagara Falls near Buffalo.

The Columbus has sailed the Great Lakes since 1997, with the exception of one year.

“It’s an excellent travel choice for those who want a cruise close to home and who appreciate dramatic fall foliage,” said Hapag-Lloyd’s managing director, Sebastian Ahrens.

Columbus is the only cruise ship sailing the Great Lakes in 2006. The ship’s 205 cabins range from 130 to 320 square feet. The German ship offers a fully bilingual sailing on its Great Lakes itinerary, as well as a true ocean-liner experience, with international cuisine, lounges, a swimming pool, Internet center, fitness and massage center, library and a boutique.

Cruise dates are Sept. 20-30; Sept. 30-Oct. 11 and Oct. 11-21.

Following the Great Lakes trips, Columbus will remain on the Great Lakes for a German-language cruise and then travel down the East Coast of the U.S., with stops at New York; Philadelphia; Baltimore; Charleston, S.C.; Savannah, Ga.; Miami, Key West, Fla.; and New Orleans.

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