After a decisive victory over Britain’s Royal Navy at the Battle of Lake Erie, Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry famously wrote to U.S. Army General William Henry Harrison, “We have met the enemy and they are ours.” Join us in commemorating the War of 1812, and the only naval battle ever fought on the Great Lakes, as we cruise from Lake Erie to the majestic St. Lawrence River in remembrance of honor and heritage.
Until the American War of Independence, the Great Lakes were wholly within the boundaries of the various British colonies of North America. The advent of the new country raised the issue of the ownership of the Lakes. Strangely, it was the Napoleonic wars in Europe that were to settle it.
Lending his expertise to Travel Dynamics International is historian Ray Jones, co-author of The War of 1812: A Guide to Battlefields and Historic Sites. A distinguished expert, Jones will tell the story of the war from the perspectives of American, Canadian, British and Native American soldiers. Passengers will learn how the War’s St. Lawrence, Niagara, and Lake Ontario theaters permanently altered the political geography of North America, and paved the way for over half a million pioneers to move westward across the Ohio Territory.
Cruise highlights include a call at historic Cleveland, where the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps have organized a series of commemorative events alongside the Great Lakes Historical Society. Guests will also have an opportunity to visit the Great Lakes Science Center and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. Next, pass through the eight locks of the Welland Canal into Lake Ontario and recount the decisive roll Fort Erie and the Chippawa Battlefield played in the Niagara campaign, the longest and bloodiest military operation of the war. Explore the thundering Niagara Falls before navigating through the resplendent Thousand Islands and historic St. Lawrence River en route to Montreal and Quebec City.
Our ship is the American-flagged and -operated 138-guest Yorktown. This handsome, comfortable small cruise ship features cabins that face outside, a lounge and dining room that are surrounded by large windows, and broad promenade decks.
The War of 1812 played a pivotal role in shaping the political map of North America. From the smallest skirmishes in the forests of New York, to the great naval engagements on the Atlantic, these are battles worth remembering.
Day 1 • QUEBEC CITY | EMBARK
Day 2 • QUEBEC CITY
Day 3 • MONTREAL, Quebec, Canada
Day 4 • THE ST. LAWRENCE SEAWAY
Day 5 • THOUSAND ISLANDS
Day 6 • WELLAND CANAL | NIAGARA FALLS | LAKE ONTARIO
Day 7 • CLEVELAND, Ohio | LAKE ERIE
Day 8 • USA | DETROIT, Michigan, United States | DISEMBARK