The identical 202-passenger ships will tour the lakes’ seaways, harbours and remote ports from May to October next year. Victory I will operate an 11-day Chicago to Toronto itinerary with prices from £4,895 per person, all-inclusive and including flights. It will call in Port Colborne, Niagara Falls, Cleveland, Detroit, Sault Sin Marie, Manitoulin Island and Mackinaw Island.

Victory II will operate a nine-day Chicago to Niagara Falls sailing with ports of call at Muskegon, Green Bay, Mackinaw Island, Detroit and Cleveland. Prices start from £3,995 per person, all-inclusive with flights. Shore excursions are led by knowledgeable guides, providing opportunities to uncover the rich history and culture of the Great Lakes region.

Lakes Superior, Michigan, Huron, Erie and Ontario comprise the largest group of freshwater lakes — or “inland seas” — on earth and are steeped in beauty and history. From major metropolises to pristine beaches to picturesque resort towns, this storied region brims with iconic attractions such as Motown Museum in Detroit, car-free Mackinac Island in Michigan and the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio.

For further information on Victory Cruise Lines – www.victorycruises.com. For more information on the Great Lakes USA – www.greatlakesusa.co.uk