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Victory Cruise Lines

Based in Miami, Victory Cruise Lines is led by Bruce Nierenberg, its chairman. The company began after Haimark Line, which chartered the original vessel Saint Lauren, went bankrupt. Tour operators liked the ship, Nierenberg said, and needed berths to satisfy demand.  

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Small-ship line to sail Great Lakes and Cuba

One vessel, Victory I, in fleet

Daily shore excursions, wine and beer at lunch and dinner included

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Because of that, the line's maiden season, which launched with Great Lakes sailings in July 2016, began with mostly group business from tour operators as well as charters. The company has two ships: Victory I and Victory II.

Onboard

Complimentary features of a Victory Cruise Lines sailing include daily shore excursions, and wine and beer at lunch and dinner. In its first Great Lakes season, the line aims to make port excursions special, with full-day tours in Niagara Falls and Mackinac Island. Onboard experiences include special cocktail hour events and themed high teas.

In Cuba, the 11-night itineraries include an overnight in Havana and port stops in Maria La Gorda, Cienfuegos, Trinidad and Santiago de Cuba. They will follow people-to-people guidelines. Shorter four-night cruises travel between Miami and Havana.

Fellow Passengers

Passengers are generally North American cruisers who are ages 60 and older.

Victory Cruise Lines Fleet

Victory Cruise Lines has two 202-passenger vessels. One is the former Saint Laurent, which has been renamed Victory I. The coastal cruiser is owned by Clipper Cruises and was formerly chartered to Haimark Line, which declared bankruptcy in late 2015. The ship underwent repairs and renovation after it hit a lock in the Saint Lawrence Seaway in 2015. Victory II also is owned by Clipper Cruises. The ship previously sailed as Cape Cod Light and more recently, Sea Discoverer.

The ships have seven cabin categories, ranging from 130 to 325 square feet. All 105 cabins have individual climate control, magnifying mirrors, robes and slippers, flat-screen TVs, safes, telephones and a choice of pillows for queen beds that can be separated into twins. All of the cabins are ocean-view; there are no balcony cabins. Ship amenities include an onboard salon and spa, two dining venues, several lounges, an observation deck and a sun deck. Wi-Fi is complimentary.

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