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Chamber President Cindy Larsen helps to expand cruise ships on the Great Lakes

Stephen Burnett likens the process of bringing cruise ships to dock at the Port of Indiana to birthing an elephant.


The process takes 18 to 36 months and includes creating a “shopping list” of things for visitors to see during excursions once they get off the ship, Burnett, executive director of the Great Lakes Cruising Coalition, said.


“What you’re trying to do is break into an existing industry with established patterns,” Burnett, who oversees the coalition from an office in Kingston, Ontario, said, adding the dunes, agritourism and wineries all could be a draw. “It’s a process and you have to work it.”


Continue reading at Chicago Tribune.

First cruise ship of the season coming to Muskegon

The Victory I cruise ship will be arriving in Muskegon this Thursday, May 23 to kick off the year’s Great Lakes cruise ship season. The 300 ft. cruise ship will be docking at Heritage Landing, arriving in Muskegon around 7 a.m. and departing at 6 p.m. This will be the fourth year that Muskegon has been a port of call for Great Lakes cruise ships.


The ship passengers will have the opportunity to explore the Lake Michigan shoreline throughout the day by visiting Muskegon’s historical district, the USS Silversides Submarine Museum, the LST 393.


“Hosting the cruise ships in Muskegon is exciting because it brings attention to our deep water harbor. The economic impact of the port has been estimated to be $300 million annually,” said Cindy Larsen, President of the Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce. “Thousands of people travel to this community by cruise ship, the high-speed Lake Express Ferry, a sailing yacht, or motor cruiser. Vessels of all sizes and shapes are here to see the beautiful vistas of Muskegon Lake and Lake Michigan.”


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The next cruising hot spot is closer than you think: Get ready for more ships on the Great Lakes

When it comes to hot new cruise destinations, the Great Lakes are living up to their name.


This veritable freshwater ocean — boasting 11,000 miles of shoreline, including islands — is attracting a lot of attention lately from cruise ship companies wanting alternatives for passengers who may be tired of pingponging around the Caribbean or who loathe to make a long flight across the ocean for a European voyage.


Great Lakes cruise operators are bulking up their brochures with additional trips this season, and lines that bailed on the area years ago are headed back. Industry experts expect companies that have never plied Great Lakes waters to come on board in the near future.


“I’m extremely excited about what’s happening,” said Dave Lorenz, chair of Cruise the Great Lakes, a new international partnership aimed at bringing more cruise passengers to the region. The initiative was announced last summer on Michigan’s Mackinac Island, a popular port of call on Great Lakes itineraries.


Continue reading, at Chicago Tribune


More cruise ship stops coming to Muskegon

MUSKEGON, Mich. — Muskegon is seeing a spike in tourism.


The lakeshore city is expecting to see a record number of cruise ship stops from May to October.


“We now have three cruise lines coming this year with 13 visits and each one of those ships holds between 200 and more passengers and between 70 and 100 crew on the ships as well. So we have thousands of people coming in this summer just on the cruise ships,” said Carla Flanders with the Chamber of Commerce.


That leads to full day excursions and a boost to local businesses.


“This year Lakeshore Art Festival will be happening during the same time as a cruise ship coming in. That will be magnificent because it’s a free event and they’ll be able to experience that while they’re here in Muskegon,” said Flanders.


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Muskegon to see most cruise ships yet in 2019

MUSKEGON, MI – The most cruise ships yet will visit Muskegon this year.


Since cruise ships began stopping in Muskegon on purpose in 2016 – the first stop in 2015 was unplanned – there have been no more than two ships and 11 total moorings each year. This year, the schedule includes three ships making a total of 13 stops.


The Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce is determined to bring even more ships to the city, said President Cindy Larsen. It’s in talks with at least three more companies that could bring ships carrying double the number of passengers than those coming this year.


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A community’s flight: Growing ‘Watch Muskegon’ campaign is telling—and creating—the story of an evolving county

When Andrew Price, now the president of the McKenzie-Price Insurance Agency, returned to Muskegon after college, he was “coming back to the giant sandpit that was the downtown.”


The Muskegon Mall had been torn down, leaving in its wake abandoned buildings and a nonexistent street system where the vast indoor shopping complex once covered eight downtown blocks. You could, quite literally, see tumbleweeds making their way down Western Avenue.


Continue reading, at MuskegonTimes


Initiative aims to get more cruise ships on the Great Lakes

Gov. Rick Snyder this week helped launch an international partnership that aims to get more cruise ships to boat the Great Lakes.


“I am excited to bring more cruise ships to our wonderful Great Lakes so visitors can experience our fantastic shoreline communities,” Governor Rick Snyder said in a press release.


“Cruising on the Great Lakes is poised for major growth in the coming years, with significant economic benefits for the entire region. In 2018, our waterways saw nearly 100,000 port visits by passengers. This initiative aims to increase those numbers, which in turn, increases the amount of economic impact.”


It’s an initiative spearheaded by the Conference of Great Lakes St. Lawrence Governors and Premiers, a group of Canadian and U.S. leaders from around the Great Lakes aiming to grow the regional economy. Snyder chairs the group, and Travel Michigan Vice President David Lorenz will lead the new “Cruise the Great Lakes” initiative.


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Muskegon’s Port City Princess cruise ship gets new name

MUSKEGON, MI – Aquastar is the new name of the Muskegon Lake-based cruise boat formerly known as the Port City Princess.


The vessel’s new name was announced at a christening ceremony on Friday, Aug. 3, featuring Miss Michigan 2018 Emily Sioma and Miss Michigan Organization local titleholders.


The name was chosen from more than 200 contest entries. It pays homage to the former S.S. Aquarama, a luxury passenger ship that moored in Muskegon for 26 years after operating as a ferry from 1955-1962.


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Pearl Mist cruise ship arrives back in Muskegon

MUSKEGON, Mich. (WOOD) — The Pearl Mist pulled into port in Muskegon Monday morning, kicking off the Great Lakes cruise ship season in West Michigan.


It’s the first of 10 times the 335-foot-long cruise ship will visit Muskegon this summer


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Cruise Ship and Miss Michigan Contestants Arrive!

Date: June 11, 2018
Heritage Landing Dock in Muskegon, Michigan
Please join us June 11th at the Heritage Landing Dock at the Port of Muskegon. This day kicks off the Great Lakes cruise ship season as the community welcomes the Pearl Mist Cruise Ship.


The 335 square foot vessel is part of the Pearl Seas Cruise line and arrives in Muskegon Lake around 9:00 a.m. and stays in port until 10:00 p.m. Ship passengers tour the Lake Michigan shoreline during the day, visiting history and cultural attractions.


At 3:30 pm, the 2018 Miss Michigan Pageant contestants will arrive at the Heritage Landing Dock to view the ship, sign autographs, and participate in a photoshoot. Local dignitaries will be on hand to greet both the ship and the Miss Michigan scholarship contest participants.


Media representatives are welcome to join the festivities. Please contact Kristin Knop for details at or call 231-722-3751.


Click here to view the full Port of Muskegon 2018 Schedule.