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I did a chat with AQV this morning. I was told by a shorex agent that the Development Team should have the new Escanaba excursions ready to book "mid-March." I hope they send out an email updating everyone on the itinerary changes instead of leaving us to stumble on it ourselves.

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17 hours ago, sharkster77 said:

Does Escabana replace another port, or is it entirely new?


It isn't a direct replacement. Manitoulin is out, and Escanaba has been added, but not on the same day. So the itinerary is getting reworked.


Day 1 is Chicago hotel

Day 2 is boarding the ship in Chicago

Day 3 is cruising

Day 4 is Escanaba (formerly Mackinac Island)

Day 5 is Sault Ste Marie

Day 6 is Mackinac Island (formerly Manitoulin)

Day 7 and onward remains the same


It's a sensible change, as the old Interary would be US-Canada-US-Canada. Now there's only one border crossing, when we get to Port Colborne (for Niagara Falls). Fewer logistics, and probably less expensive in fees for the cruse line. 


I guess the Toronto to Chicago will be the same but in reverse.


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The itinerary and tours have been updated to reflect the changes. Some tours are different from what was showing before.


It's still wonky in places. The map shows a stop at Muskegon, which has never been on the itinerary. And my cruise says it departs from Chicago on one page and Chicago/Milwaukee on another page. I really hope it's Chicago. I'm not looking forward to a 2-hour bus ride.


@uktog, I look forward to hearing about your experiences on AQV and how the real thing compares to the descriptions.

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