Luxury cruise ship returns to Duluth

Thursday, June 24 2010

The First of Five arrives Saturday: Luxury Cruise Ship Returns to Duluth

Duluth, Minn. USA—She's ba-a-a-ack! That phrase will be heard throughout Duluth on Saturday as the luxury expedition vessel Clelia II (pronounced Clĕl • ee• ah) returns to Duluth. Scheduled to call on the port five times this year, she'll arrive just after daybreak on Saturday beneath the Aerial Lift Bridge and dock behind the DECC to disembark passengers. Approximately ten hours later, a new group of adventure-seekers will board the vessel for a return trip across the Great Lakes. Clelia II is set to return to Duluth on July 10 and 24, plus Sept. 4 and 18.

Eighty-eight passengers are booked on this first passage. For the past week they have enjoyed nightly lectures by leading experts, plus excursions to several points of interest along the way, including: Niagara Falls, Manitoulin Island, Mackinac Island, the Soo Locks, the Keweenaw Peninsula, and Old Fort William in Thunder Bay. In Duluth, they can explore the Great Lakes Aquarium, Glensheen, and other sites along optional city tours. For trip itineraries: www.traveldynamicsinternational.com.

Measuring a sleek 290 feet in length, the Clelia II boasts 50 luxury suites - all with spectacular views of the water. Pampered by a crew of 60, passengers are treated to first-class passage on a lavishly appointed yacht-like ship with a wide array of educational and cultural opportunities. Her inaugural voyage in 2009 ushered in a glamorous new era of international cruise service for the Port of Duluth and the Great Lakes. In 2011, the German 400-passenger C. Columbus is scheduled to visit Duluth twice en route between Toronto and Chicago. For cruise itineraries/tickets: www.greatlakescruising.com.

"Before the Clelia's visit last year, it had been almost 20 years since Duluth had enjoyed regular Great Lakes cruise service, or served as a destination and origination hub." said Ron Johnson, Port Authority trade development director and treasurer of the Great Lakes Cruising Coalition. "Last year's passengers gave the Great Lakes trip rave reviews, many saying it was the best cruise they'd ever taken. This resurgence in passenger cruising has been a definite boon for the ports and the local economies along our inland waterway."

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For information: 218-727-8525
Adele Yorde, Public Relations Manager

Ron Johnson, Trade Development Director;
Treasurer, Great Lakes Cruising Coalition
www.greatlakescruisingcoalition.com

Adele Yorde
Public Relations Manager
Duluth Seaway Port Authority
1200 Port Terminal Drive
Duluth, MN 55802-2609 U.S.A.
218-727-8525
218-390-6973 (cell)

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