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Victory II Cruise Review
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Excellent Great Lakes Adventure

Victory II Cruise Review by StillOutOfOffice

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Jun 2019
  • Destination: the USA

The voyage we were on cruised from Detroit to Montreal and it was fantastic!

The ship had just been refurbished before our embarkation. It is very well done, very accommodating and a very pleasant atmosphere. The layout is very simple and common areas are easily accessible.

The food onboard was excellent. Breakfast at The Grill (deck 4, aft) was one of my favorite parts. A hearty breakfast and coffee while looking over the day's port was a great start (although some ports were a little more scenic than others which is to be expected). Lunch and dinner were equally impressive. The formal dining space, The Coastal Dining Room (deck 1, aft), was very classic and comfortable. The service staff was friendly and attentive. True cruise ship/dining professionals and it showed.

Entertainment was always exciting and kept everyone engaged and having a good time. Games, lectures, musical performances, etc. Daily lectures were very informative, especially through the Thousand Islands. The Cruise Director and entertainment staff appeared to have a great time which fueled the enjoyment for the guests. Lots of singing, lots of laughing, all-around great time. Aside from the entertainment, the onboard experience was pretty calm. Great common areas with nice views. There is a spa for massages, hair, nails, etc. Staff was always available and helpful but not overbearing.

Ports of call were very interesting. Every city was excited to have us and made sure we enjoyed ourselves. Cleveland greeted us with a large welcome committee and a youth choir. Niagara Falls was everything you could hope for. We had a nice drive along the Niagara Parkway, rode the Hornblower boat ride to the falls, had a wine tour and tasting plus an amazing lunch. Tours in Toronto and Montreal took us to many of the iconic attractions like CN Tower and Chateau Frontenac. We visited a First Nations site and learned the history and traditions of the native people. The shore excursions in each port were well worth it and very encompassing.

Bottom line: The Great Lakes is an underrated cruise destination and we will absolutely cruise with Victory again and would highly recommend to everyone.

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Cabin Review

Comfortable size, great location, relatively quiet.

Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

City Tour

We took a nice driving city tour in Montreal with a few well-selected stops. A stop at the Montreal Botanical Gardens was beautiful. Took a ride to the top of Mont-Royal to get a beautiful view of the St. Lawrence and the city. We also made a stop at Notre Dame Basilica and took in the amazing stained glass.

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Walking Tour

Great tour, lots of amazing sites and commentary. We started with a walking tour of Old Quebec and stopping at Notre-Dame-des-Victoires and the Quebec City Mural. Following that, we made our way to the top of the hill to visit the UNESCO site, Chateau Frontenac, Plains of Abraham and Joan of Arc Gardens. We then headed out to Montmorency Falls. These were beautiful. Took a gondola ride from to the top of the falls, a scenic walk out to the falls for some amazing views..

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Toronto was crowded but very nice. We did a driving city tour and went through many of the ethnic neighborhoods, drove by many parliamentary buildings, Queens College, and Castle Loma. We had a chance to stop at the dog fountain at Berczy Park and enjoy some shopping/dining at the Distillery District.


Greeted by a welcoming committee. Took a guided tour on a trolley around the city to many of the important sites. Stopped at a chapel with Tiffany designed interior and the Cleveland Museum of Art. The Rock & Roll HOF is mere minutes away from the dock, easy walk.


Embarkation port with an easy boarding process.

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