Cruise the Great Lakes
The inland seas
The Great Lakes of North America comprise a unique body of water surrounded by diverse landscapes. They are accessed through the St. Lawrence River and the Erie Barge Canal. In surface magnitude, the lakes resemble a series of inland seas where the land sinks over the horizon as cruise ships depart their harbours and head to their next port of call.
What we do
The GLCA is a cooperative of ports on the Great Lakes and along the St. Lawrence Seaway. We focus on the quality of port facilities, memorable shore excursions and a healthy, sustainable marine environment.
We are committed to building the Great Lakes into a world-class cruise destination and instilling the cruise community with confidence in this unique region.
We represent our members as a unified and supportive team and we foster relationships built on mutual respect with all our associates and ports of call on the Great Lakes.
We embrace our First Nations colleagues, respect their ancestral territory and represent their contributions to all levels of the industry.
The Great Lakes are unrivalled in the variety of their topography, nature-based experiences and the vibrancy of a diverse cultural mosaic. From cosmopolitan cities to small towns and lakeside villages; from inland forested regions to lonely lakes; with resorts hidden in their midst, almost as though nature has camouflaged their presence… the Great Lakes offer boundless stylized itineraries that are the envy of cruise regions around the world.
From the mouth of the St. Lawrence to the far reaches of western Superior, endless adventures await.
GLCA members and associates work together to bring you unrivalled
Our list of cruise line operators continues to grow as the world discovers our
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Enjoy a brief overview of the vast
Great Lakes region.