Two More Great Lakes Sailings From Amsterdam/IJmuiden For 2019, Plus An Eastbound Sailing From Montreal to Ghent.

Polish Steamship Company have announced that there will be two more sailings this year from IJmuiden. Destination ports will be Cleveland, Ohio, and Burns Harbor, Indiana and full service details and passage fares are available here. Both vessels feature an Owners Cabin on the Bridge Deck plus double and single cabins.

isaDue to arrive IJmuiden between 21-29.10 is the mv ISA (above) – to load a cargo of steel, likely departure early November.

Due to arrive IJmuiden between 04-12/11 is the mv ISADORA – to load a cargo of steel and depart  in second half November.

SOLINAMeanwhile, sailing in the other direction from Montreal on 29.10.19 is the mv SOLINA (above), with a full cargo of wheat bound from Duluth to the Belgian port of Ghent.

For pasenger bookings please call Miri Lopusna at The Cruise People Ltd in London, on +44 (0)20 7723 2450 or email


1.L/can 21-29/10 – mv ISA – tbc

2.L/can   4-12/11 – mv ISADORA – tbc

Great Lakes Cargo-Passenger Tramp Service To Re-Open Next April

As the Great Lakes season finishes with the last ships leaving the lakes through the St Lawrence Seaway this week, we take this opportunity to bring you an interesting video from Great Lakes Ships.

This clip shows Polsteam’s m.v. Isolda loaded with grain for Europe, leaving Lake Huron and passing under the Blue Water Bridge into the St Clair River. The bridge joins the cities of Sarnia, Ontario, in Canada (to the right) and Port Huron, Michigan, in the United States (to the left). Within a few hours, she will be passing Detroit. The Isolda and her sister ships carry six passengers each, on two sailings each month.

The Polska Zegluga Morska (Polish Steamship Co) cargo-passenger service re-opens in April 2012 but bookings are now being taken and further details can be found at Polsteam Great Lakes Passenger Service

Great Lakes round voyages can be booked from Amsterdam/IJmuiden, Cleveland, Ohio, or  Burns Harbor, Indiana, at a fare of $5,995 for 60 days, with refund of $100 per day for a voyage of less than 60 days, or surcharge of $100 per day for days over, and a supplement for the Owners Cabin. The eastbound destination ports are not known until the outward grain cargo is stemmed. The eastbound trade being grain (wheat, corn, soybeans, peas, etc) , most ships load at  Duluth, Minnesota, or Thunder Bay, Ontario, with the rest loading at Milwaukee, Toledo, Montreal, Sorel or Quebec. Destinations are not known until the last minute and can be any of Italy, Morocco, Turkey, Spain, Norway, Poland or Russia before returning to Amsterdam/IJmuiden again to load more steel for Cleveland and Burns Harbor.  Don’t miss the last opportunity to sail on a “tramp ship” service, where the ships follow the cargo.

For further details call Miri Lopusna at The Cruise People Ltd in London or e-mail