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Great American Waterways (Grande Caribe)

Four stunning Great Lakes and the historic Erie Canal merge to create one amazing adventure. This journey will capture your imagination, leaving you lost in the peacefulness of this beautiful escape and its ever-changing panoramas. The Great Lakes, collectively considered the largest body of fresh water on Earth, were carved by retreating ice sheets and filled with the meltwater from ancient glaciers. The indigo-blue waters of the Lakes are cloaked by forest-green pines, with classic lighthouses dotting the rocky cliffs. Your cruise stretches across Lakes Michigan, Huron, Erie, and Ontario; taking you from vibrant Chicago all the way to the New York City.

14 August, 2020 to 29 August, 2020 (reverse) Make a booking request for Great American Waterways (Grande Caribe), departing on 14 August, 2020

Prices quoted here are often dependent on currency fluctuations. Please check with (01432 507450 or info@small-cruise-ships.com) for the very latest price, which may well be cheaper than the one advertised here.

Category 1 £ 4119 GBP pp (+ Port taxes £316 GBP pp)
Cabins 10 A & B: Main Deck, upper and lower berths, porthole, private facilities. Door to interior hallway. Cabins 11 C & 12 C: Main Deck, permanent double bed, private facilities. Door to interior hallway. No window. Cabin 14 C: Main Deck, one lower berth, private facilities. Door to interior hallway. No window. Each cabin feature individual air conditioning, a private shower and bathrooms, and a fresh, smoke-free environment.
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Category 2 £ 5519 GBP pp (+ Port taxes £316 GBP pp)
Cabins 30 A & B: Main Deck, two single berths, porthole, private facilities. Door to interior hallway. Cabins 31 A & B: Main Deck, permanent double bed, porthole, private facilities. Door to interior hallway. Each cabin feature individual air conditioning, a private shower and bathrooms, and a fresh, smoke-free environment.
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Category 3 £ 5767 GBP pp (+ Port taxes £316 GBP pp)
Cabins 40 A - 41 A, 42 - 44 A & B: Main Deck, two single berths, fixed window, private facilities. Door to interior hallway. Cabin 40 B: Main Deck, permanent double bed, fixed window, private facilities. Door to interior hallway. Cabins 41 B, 45 A & B: Main Deck, permanent double bed, fixed window, private facilities. Door to interior hallway. Cabins 60 - 62 A: Sun Deck, two lower berths, sliding window, private facilities. Door to outside deck. Cabin 60 B: Sun Deck, permanent double bed, sliding window, private facilities. Door to outside deck. Each cabin feature individual air conditioning, a private shower and bathrooms, and a fresh, smoke-free environment.
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Category 4 £ 6263 GBP pp (+ Port taxes £316 GBP pp)
Cabins 50 - 56 A & B, 57 B: Sun Deck, two lower berths, sliding window, private facilities. Door to interior hallway. Cabins may be made up as double berths (except 55 A). Cabins 70 A & B: Sun Deck, two lower berths, sliding window, private facilities. Door to outside deck. Cabins 80 B, 81 B: Sun Deck, two single berths, sliding window, private facilities. Door to outside deck. Each cabin feature individual air conditioning, a private shower and bathrooms, and a fresh, smoke-free environment.
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Category 3 Solo £ 7247 GBP pp (+ Port taxes £316 GBP pp)
31 August, 2020 to 15 September, 2020 (reverse) Make a booking request for Great American Waterways (Grande Caribe), departing on 31 August, 2020

Prices quoted here are often dependent on currency fluctuations. Please check with (01432 507450 or info@small-cruise-ships.com) for the very latest price, which may well be cheaper than the one advertised here.

Category 1 £ 4119 GBP pp (+ Port taxes £316 GBP pp)
Cabins 10 A & B: Main Deck, upper and lower berths, porthole, private facilities. Door to interior hallway. Cabins 11 C & 12 C: Main Deck, permanent double bed, private facilities. Door to interior hallway. No window. Cabin 14 C: Main Deck, one lower berth, private facilities. Door to interior hallway. No window. Each cabin feature individual air conditioning, a private shower and bathrooms, and a fresh, smoke-free environment.
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Category 2 £ 5519 GBP pp (+ Port taxes £316 GBP pp)
Cabins 30 A & B: Main Deck, two single berths, porthole, private facilities. Door to interior hallway. Cabins 31 A & B: Main Deck, permanent double bed, porthole, private facilities. Door to interior hallway. Each cabin feature individual air conditioning, a private shower and bathrooms, and a fresh, smoke-free environment.
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Category 3 £ 5767 GBP pp (+ Port taxes £316 GBP pp)
Cabins 40 A - 41 A, 42 - 44 A & B: Main Deck, two single berths, fixed window, private facilities. Door to interior hallway. Cabin 40 B: Main Deck, permanent double bed, fixed window, private facilities. Door to interior hallway. Cabins 41 B, 45 A & B: Main Deck, permanent double bed, fixed window, private facilities. Door to interior hallway. Cabins 60 - 62 A: Sun Deck, two lower berths, sliding window, private facilities. Door to outside deck. Cabin 60 B: Sun Deck, permanent double bed, sliding window, private facilities. Door to outside deck. Each cabin feature individual air conditioning, a private shower and bathrooms, and a fresh, smoke-free environment.
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Category 4 £ 6263 GBP pp (+ Port taxes £316 GBP pp)
Cabins 50 - 56 A & B, 57 B: Sun Deck, two lower berths, sliding window, private facilities. Door to interior hallway. Cabins may be made up as double berths (except 55 A). Cabins 70 A & B: Sun Deck, two lower berths, sliding window, private facilities. Door to outside deck. Cabins 80 B, 81 B: Sun Deck, two single berths, sliding window, private facilities. Door to outside deck. Each cabin feature individual air conditioning, a private shower and bathrooms, and a fresh, smoke-free environment.
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Category 3 Solo £ 7247 GBP pp (+ Port taxes £316 GBP pp)
14 August, 2021 to 29 August, 2021 (reverse) Make a booking request for Great American Waterways (Grande Caribe), departing on 14 August, 2021

Prices quoted here are often dependent on currency fluctuations. Please check with (01432 507450 or info@small-cruise-ships.com) for the very latest price, which may well be cheaper than the one advertised here.

Category 1 £ 4119 GBP pp (+ Port taxes £316 GBP pp)
Cabins 10 A & B: Main Deck, upper and lower berths, porthole, private facilities. Door to interior hallway. Cabins 11 C & 12 C: Main Deck, permanent double bed, private facilities. Door to interior hallway. No window. Cabin 14 C: Main Deck, one lower berth, private facilities. Door to interior hallway. No window. Each cabin feature individual air conditioning, a private shower and bathrooms, and a fresh, smoke-free environment.
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Category 2 £ 5519 GBP pp (+ Port taxes £316 GBP pp)
Cabins 30 A & B: Main Deck, two single berths, porthole, private facilities. Door to interior hallway. Cabins 31 A & B: Main Deck, permanent double bed, porthole, private facilities. Door to interior hallway. Each cabin feature individual air conditioning, a private shower and bathrooms, and a fresh, smoke-free environment.
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Category 3 £ 5767 GBP pp (+ Port taxes £316 GBP pp)
Cabins 40 A - 41 A, 42 - 44 A & B: Main Deck, two single berths, fixed window, private facilities. Door to interior hallway. Cabin 40 B: Main Deck, permanent double bed, fixed window, private facilities. Door to interior hallway. Cabins 41 B, 45 A & B: Main Deck, permanent double bed, fixed window, private facilities. Door to interior hallway. Cabins 60 - 62 A: Sun Deck, two lower berths, sliding window, private facilities. Door to outside deck. Cabin 60 B: Sun Deck, permanent double bed, sliding window, private facilities. Door to outside deck. Each cabin feature individual air conditioning, a private shower and bathrooms, and a fresh, smoke-free environment.
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Category 4 £ 6263 GBP pp (+ Port taxes £316 GBP pp)
Cabins 50 - 56 A & B, 57 B: Sun Deck, two lower berths, sliding window, private facilities. Door to interior hallway. Cabins may be made up as double berths (except 55 A). Cabins 70 A & B: Sun Deck, two lower berths, sliding window, private facilities. Door to outside deck. Cabins 80 B, 81 B: Sun Deck, two single berths, sliding window, private facilities. Door to outside deck. Each cabin feature individual air conditioning, a private shower and bathrooms, and a fresh, smoke-free environment.
view cabin photo
Category 3 Solo £ 7247 GBP pp (+ Port taxes £316 GBP pp)
31 August, 2021 to 15 September, 2021 Make a booking request for Great American Waterways (Grande Caribe), departing on 31 August, 2021

Prices quoted here are often dependent on currency fluctuations. Please check with (01432 507450 or info@small-cruise-ships.com) for the very latest price, which may well be cheaper than the one advertised here.

Category 1 £ 4119 GBP pp (+ Port taxes £316 GBP pp)
Cabins 10 A & B: Main Deck, upper and lower berths, porthole, private facilities. Door to interior hallway. Cabins 11 C & 12 C: Main Deck, permanent double bed, private facilities. Door to interior hallway. No window. Cabin 14 C: Main Deck, one lower berth, private facilities. Door to interior hallway. No window. Each cabin feature individual air conditioning, a private shower and bathrooms, and a fresh, smoke-free environment.
view cabin photo
Category 2 £ 5519 GBP pp (+ Port taxes £316 GBP pp)
Cabins 30 A & B: Main Deck, two single berths, porthole, private facilities. Door to interior hallway. Cabins 31 A & B: Main Deck, permanent double bed, porthole, private facilities. Door to interior hallway. Each cabin feature individual air conditioning, a private shower and bathrooms, and a fresh, smoke-free environment.
view cabin photo
Category 3 £ 5767 GBP pp (+ Port taxes £316 GBP pp)
Cabins 40 A - 41 A, 42 - 44 A & B: Main Deck, two single berths, fixed window, private facilities. Door to interior hallway. Cabin 40 B: Main Deck, permanent double bed, fixed window, private facilities. Door to interior hallway. Cabins 41 B, 45 A & B: Main Deck, permanent double bed, fixed window, private facilities. Door to interior hallway. Cabins 60 - 62 A: Sun Deck, two lower berths, sliding window, private facilities. Door to outside deck. Cabin 60 B: Sun Deck, permanent double bed, sliding window, private facilities. Door to outside deck. Each cabin feature individual air conditioning, a private shower and bathrooms, and a fresh, smoke-free environment.
view cabin photo
Category 4 £ 6263 GBP pp (+ Port taxes £316 GBP pp)
Cabins 50 - 56 A & B, 57 B: Sun Deck, two lower berths, sliding window, private facilities. Door to interior hallway. Cabins may be made up as double berths (except 55 A). Cabins 70 A & B: Sun Deck, two lower berths, sliding window, private facilities. Door to outside deck. Cabins 80 B, 81 B: Sun Deck, two single berths, sliding window, private facilities. Door to outside deck. Each cabin feature individual air conditioning, a private shower and bathrooms, and a fresh, smoke-free environment.
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Category 3 Solo £ 7247 GBP pp (+ Port taxes £316 GBP pp)

Great American Waterways (Grande Caribe) itinerary:

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Day 1 Chicago, IL
Welcome to the architecturally renowned Chicago skyline, juxtaposed against Lake Michigan to create a fusion of serene vistas and exciting cityscapes.
Day 2 Manitowoc, WI
Known as Wisconsin’s Marine Capital, Manitowoc is the home to Wisconsin’s Maritime Museum, which captures the riveting history of the entire great lakes area, including the building of 28 submarines for WWII. Don’t miss out on the Rahr-West Art Museum which hosts pieces from Picasso, Miro, Dali, and many others.
Day 3 Mackinac Island, MI
Arrive in Mackinac Island and step back in time to enjoy horse-drawn carriages and the island's old-world charm. Admire the architecture during an optional carriage tour of the island, including entrance to the Wings of Mackinac Butterfly Conservatory and Surrey Hills Antique Carriage Museum with a working Blacksmith shop. Conclude your tour at the Grande Hotel, for a traditional afternoon tea.
Day 4 Cruise Lake Huron
This morning the vessel departs from Mackinac Island, en route for Wyandotte, MI. Admire the beautiful views of Lake Huron. Cruise past freighters or “Lakers” as they are called by many, while transiting the Detroit and St. Clair River System; a major throughway for vessels traveling between the western and eastern Great Lakes. This river system serves as the border between the U.S. and Canada as it flows through Detroit, under the ambassador bridge, the busiest border crossing in the U.S. and Canada and into Lake Erie.
Day 5 Wyandotte, MI
Spend a full day in Wyandotte, Michigan, nestled on the Detroit River. An optional tour in nearby Dearborn begins at the Henry Ford Museum, home to President John F. Kennedy’s limousine and the Rosa Parks bus. Continue your tour to Greenfield Village, where nearly 100 historical buildings have been relocated to create a demonstration of American life from the founding of the country through modern times.
Day 6 Cleveland, OH
Sail through Lake Erie for an introduction to the legendary American city of Cleveland, OH, home of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Explore this Great Lakes metropolis during an optional panoramic city tour via trolley. Don’t miss the Great Lakes Science Center and educational facility on the shores of Cleveland Harbor, along with the Steamship William G. Mather Maritime Museum.
Day 7 Buffalo, NY
Located at the head of the Niagara River, Buffalo, NY is known for its sports, snow, and special sauce. Admire breathtaking views of world-famous Niagara Falls during an optional tour, including visits to the Whirlpool Overlook, the Table Rock area, and a boat ride on the Hornblower (passport required). Just steps away from where the vessel is docked, visit the Buffalo and Erie County Naval and Military Park, home to 3 naval vessels, tanks, jets and other historical exhibits.
Day 8 Cruise the Welland Canal
Today, cruise the magnificent Welland Canal, which connects Lake Erie to Lake Ontario. Located in the Niagara region of Ontario, Canada, learn how ships travel through the locks of this gravity-flow canal. Transit through 8 locks which will lower the vessel 320 feet as you bypass the Niagara Escarpment and Niagara Falls.
Day 9 Rochester, NY
This morning explore Rochester, located on the southern shore of beautiful Lake Ontario. It sits at the middle of what has been called the 100 must-see miles of the Erie Canal. An optional tour offers stunning views of towering High Falls on the Genesee River and showcases the city's most notable landmarks.
Day 10 Oswego, NY
Departing from Oswego harbor, enter Lock #8 of the Oswego Canal. One of 4 branches of the NY State Barge Canal System. Cruise the Oswego Canal and then begin your journey on the Erie Canal.
Day 11 Sylvan Beach, NY
After dinner this evening, disembark the vessel to explore Sylvan Beach, NY. This quiet town was founded around 1840. Railroads and ferries were the only form of public transportation and made the village a desirable resort community. The Village of Sylvan Beach was incorporated in 1971.
Day 12 Amsterdam, NY
Cruise along the Erie Canal through historic towns and villages. Today, an optional excursion takes you to picturesque Cooperstown, NY, located in the foothills of the Catskill Mountains. Experience an optional tour to the National Baseball Hall of Fame, Farmer’s Museum or Fennimore Art Museum. This evening, enjoy a quiet overnight stop in Amsterdam, NY at Lock #11 along the Erie Canal.
Day 13 Troy, NY
The highlight of the Erie Canal, enjoy a leisurely sail to Troy, NY. 5 locks will lower the vessel 169’, by passing Cahoes Falls where the Mohawk River flows into the Hudson. Later, watch as the retractable pilot-house is raised back to its full height. Tonight, delight in the local culture during an onboard musical performance.
Day 14 Kingston, NY
In Kingston, NY, dock in Rondout Creek just off the Hudson River. Included in your cruise is a visit to the Hudson River Maritime Museum. Next, you may join an optional visit to Hyde Park or the Vanderbilt Mansion (based on availability). The Hyde Park excursion includes a visit to “Springwood,” the estate of Franklin D. Roosevelt, now home to his presidential library and museum (tour available eastbound only).
Day 15 West Point, NY
Travel to West Point, NY, home of the prestigious United States Military Academy, where you may opt to take a tour of its magnificent campus and admire its famed Gothic Revival-style Chapel. *Ability to tour West Point is subject to availability, determined by the U.S. government.
Day 16 New York, NY
Take in the view of the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, Battery Park, and the Big Apple’s world-famous skyline. Docked in Chelsea Pier, explore the New York High Line and Chelsea Market. Later join an optional private bus tour of New York City, led by a professional guide.
Please Note:
Optional sightseeing tours are at an additional cost. All itineraries including ports, activities and routes are subject to change based on availability, weather, river, water levels and sea conditions. Passport required for Niagara Falls optional tour. Travel to West Point is subject to availability.

Great American Waterways (Grande Caribe) reverse itinerary:

show main itinerary
Optional sightseeing tours are at an additional cost. All itineraries including ports, activities and routes are subject to change based on availability, weather, river, water levels and sea conditions. Passport required for Niagara Falls optional tour. Travel to West Point is subject to availability.
Take in the view of the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, Battery Park, and the Big Apple’s world-famous skyline. Docked in Chelsea Pier, explore the New York High Line and Chelsea Market. Later join an optional private bus tour of New York City, led by a professional guide.
Travel to West Point, NY, home of the prestigious United States Military Academy, where you may opt to take a tour of its magnificent campus and admire its famed Gothic Revival-style Chapel. *Ability to tour West Point is subject to availability, determined by the U.S. government.
In Kingston, NY, dock in Rondout Creek just off the Hudson River. Included in your cruise is a visit to the Hudson River Maritime Museum. Next, you may join an optional visit to Hyde Park or the Vanderbilt Mansion (based on availability). The Hyde Park excursion includes a visit to “Springwood,” the estate of Franklin D. Roosevelt, now home to his presidential library and museum (tour available eastbound only).
The highlight of the Erie Canal, enjoy a leisurely sail to Troy, NY. 5 locks will lower the vessel 169’, by passing Cahoes Falls where the Mohawk River flows into the Hudson. Later, watch as the retractable pilot-house is raised back to its full height. Tonight, delight in the local culture during an onboard musical performance.
Cruise along the Erie Canal through historic towns and villages. Today, an optional excursion takes you to picturesque Cooperstown, NY, located in the foothills of the Catskill Mountains. Experience an optional tour to the National Baseball Hall of Fame, Farmer’s Museum or Fennimore Art Museum. This evening, enjoy a quiet overnight stop in Amsterdam, NY at Lock #11 along the Erie Canal.
After dinner this evening, disembark the vessel to explore Sylvan Beach, NY. This quiet town was founded around 1840. Railroads and ferries were the only form of public transportation and made the village a desirable resort community. The Village of Sylvan Beach was incorporated in 1971.
Departing from Oswego harbor, enter Lock #8 of the Oswego Canal. One of 4 branches of the NY State Barge Canal System. Cruise the Oswego Canal and then begin your journey on the Erie Canal.
This morning explore Rochester, located on the southern shore of beautiful Lake Ontario. It sits at the middle of what has been called the 100 must-see miles of the Erie Canal. An optional tour offers stunning views of towering High Falls on the Genesee River and showcases the city's most notable landmarks.
Today, cruise the magnificent Welland Canal, which connects Lake Erie to Lake Ontario. Located in the Niagara region of Ontario, Canada, learn how ships travel through the locks of this gravity-flow canal. Transit through 8 locks which will lower the vessel 320 feet as you bypass the Niagara Escarpment and Niagara Falls.
Located at the head of the Niagara River, Buffalo, NY is known for its sports, snow, and special sauce. Admire breathtaking views of world-famous Niagara Falls during an optional tour, including visits to the Whirlpool Overlook, the Table Rock area, and a boat ride on the Hornblower (passport required). Just steps away from where the vessel is docked, visit the Buffalo and Erie County Naval and Military Park, home to 3 naval vessels, tanks, jets and other historical exhibits.
Sail through Lake Erie for an introduction to the legendary American city of Cleveland, OH, home of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Explore this Great Lakes metropolis during an optional panoramic city tour via trolley. Don’t miss the Great Lakes Science Center and educational facility on the shores of Cleveland Harbor, along with the Steamship William G. Mather Maritime Museum.
Spend a full day in Wyandotte, Michigan, nestled on the Detroit River. An optional tour in nearby Dearborn begins at the Henry Ford Museum, home to President John F. Kennedy’s limousine and the Rosa Parks bus. Continue your tour to Greenfield Village, where nearly 100 historical buildings have been relocated to create a demonstration of American life from the founding of the country through modern times.
This morning the vessel departs from Mackinac Island, en route for Wyandotte, MI. Admire the beautiful views of Lake Huron. Cruise past freighters or “Lakers” as they are called by many, while transiting the Detroit and St. Clair River System; a major throughway for vessels traveling between the western and eastern Great Lakes. This river system serves as the border between the U.S. and Canada as it flows through Detroit, under the ambassador bridge, the busiest border crossing in the U.S. and Canada and into Lake Erie.
Arrive in Mackinac Island and step back in time to enjoy horse-drawn carriages and the island's old-world charm. Admire the architecture during an optional carriage tour of the island, including entrance to the Wings of Mackinac Butterfly Conservatory and Surrey Hills Antique Carriage Museum with a working Blacksmith shop. Conclude your tour at the Grande Hotel, for a traditional afternoon tea.
Known as Wisconsin’s Marine Capital, Manitowoc is the home to Wisconsin’s Maritime Museum, which captures the riveting history of the entire great lakes area, including the building of 28 submarines for WWII. Don’t miss out on the Rahr-West Art Museum which hosts pieces from Picasso, Miro, Dali, and many others.
Welcome to the architecturally renowned Chicago skyline, juxtaposed against Lake Michigan to create a fusion of serene vistas and exciting cityscapes.
* = Indicative
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Grande Caribe, the ship servicing Great American Waterways (Grande Caribe)

Grande Caribe

Vessel Type: Small Ship

Length: 184 feet

Passenger Capacity: 88 (in twin Cabins)

Built/Refurbished: 1997/2009

Beam: 40 feet

Built by in Warren, RI, and commissioned in 1997, the Grande Caribe carries 88 passengers everywhere from Belize to Baltimore. She was completely renovated in 2009, with new furniture and décor in the lounge, cabins and dining rooms, and sparkling new showers and bathrooms. So whether you find yourself chatting under the glimmering canopy lights of the top deck, or enjoying a lazy morning in your cabin, the Grande Caribe was built with you in mind.

 



Grande Caribe has unusual bow ramps allow passengers to disembark without the need for a dock. The vessel has a shallow draught which enable her to navigate shallow waterways, and the retractable bridge allows her to pass under low bridges. Grande Caribe has a stern swimming platform and two launches (one of them with a glass bottom), which can be boarded from the stern.

Cabin layout for Grande Caribe
• Ports Visited - Chicago, Manitowoc, Mackinac Island, Wyandotte, Cleveland, Buffalo, Rochester, Oswego, Sylvan Beach, Amsterdam, Troy, Kingston, West Point, New York

• Waterways Navigated - Lake Michigan, Straits of Mackinac, Lake Huron, Detroit River, St. Claire River, Lake Erie, Welland Canal, Lake Ontario, NY State Barge Canal, Hudson River, NY Harbor
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