The Great Lakes of North America are truly immense. They make a perfect cruising destination since they fall somewhere between river boating and ocean travel. Put together, the 5 Great Lakes make up the planet’s biggest freshwater ecosystem – that’s 20% of the planet’s fresh surface water. The lakes were carved around 10,000 years ago by glaciers, covering 95,000 square miles and touching no less than 8 US states as well as Ontario in Canada.
While all five of the Great Lakes are stunning, Lake Superior has something truly special to offer. It is the largest, the deepest and the highest lake, sitting 600 feet above sea level. It’s certainly a bucket list destination for many people, and that’s why cruises here are so popular, with travellers coming from all over the world to explore this amazing part of the world.
Why Cruise Lake Superior?
Not only is Lake Superior the biggest of the Great Lakes, it also has the most spectacular entrance thanks to the Soo Locks from Lake Huron. Thanks to these locks, only smaller ships can enter the Lake and that’s why cruising here is such a unique and special experience.
When Should I Cruise Lake Superior?
If you’re planning to cruise Lake Superior, you need to be aware that the cruise season here is pretty short. It only runs from May to September since outside those dates the lake will freeze over and the ports will be covered with snow! The ideal time for cruising Lake Superior is July – August. The days will be warm (often around 90 degrees), sunny and humid. If you’re more interested in the fall colors, heading to Lake Superior during the last week of August or first week of September may let you spot the beautiful leaves. Thunderstorms can occur at any time however, and sometimes high winds delay departures.
What Do I Need To Take?
When you’re cruising Lake Superior, you need to be prepared for all types of weather. If you’re cruising in the height of summer you’ll need summer clothing, but you’ll also need a waterproof in case of a storm as well as a sweater in case cool breezes come up in the evening. You’ll also need a pair of deck shoes so you can walk safely around the ship without any danger of slipping or falling. You shouldn’t forget to take your camera, of course! There’ll be lots of great once-in-a-lifetime shots to take. Some other useful essentials that you may wish to remember include a power strip for your cabin since there are rarely enough sockets for all your charging needs and a shower caddy for your bathroom. There’s usually a lack of space to store all your toiletries, so doing some research into the best caddy ideas for ship bathrooms will help to save you a lot of bother while you’re on vacation.
Top Cruising Tips
When you’re cruising on Lake Superior, there are a few things that you should know so that you won’t be disappointed by your trip. Here are some of our expert hints to help you get the most out of the experience.
- There’ll be quite a lot of time on the water so bring a good book.
- Wi-Fi connections on-board can be slow or intermittent.
- Remember to be aware of which cell phone area you’re in, you don’t want to be hit with roaming charges!
- You’ll be cruising both by day and by night so if engine noise is likely to keep you awake you should choose your cabin carefully. In general, cabins to the fore of the ship are quieter.
- Pack sensibly. Cabins are quite small and storage space is at a premium. You won’t need a lot of clothing so pack a capsule wardrobe.
- Don’t forget your passport!
- Even though the lake isn’t the sea you could still feel seasick so bring some pills just in case.
- Consider arranging a local stay either before or after your cruise. You don’t want to miss the chance to visit the beautiful cities in this part of the world.
With these top tips in mind, you’ll be able to plan the perfect trip to Lake Superior. We hope you enjoy your cruise!