|Victory 1 - Victory Cruise Line Departures to the Great Lakes, Canada, Cuba|
Miami based cruise line has entered into an agreement to charter the Saint Laurent which will be renamed the Victory 1. The 5,500 ton, 202 passenger ship will begin sailing from Montreal, Canada along the Saint Lawrence Seaway and throughout the Great Lakes starting July 8th 2016.
I am surprised that the time from the announcement to the first sailing is just about 1 month. This surely will put extreme pressure on the cruise line to fill the initial cruises.
After completing a season in the Great Lakes, the Victory 1 will be re-locating from Montreal to Miami, Florida. The Victory 1 will then sail a series of cruises from Miami to Cuba.
Bruce Nierenberg - Cruise Industry veteran from Premier Cruises is leading the effort and has, in past years, been focused on establishing a ferry service between Florida and Cuba. Cuban officials have paid little attention to licensing ferry operators - but have been more focused on cruise operators.