You can expect to see a cruise ship floating offshore from the City of Algoma next summer. Algoma Chamber Director Ken Weinaug and City Administrator Matt Murphy had the opportunity earlier this month to check out the Viking Octantis while it was docked in Milwaukee. Murphy and Weinaug met with cruise officials to discuss the options for visitors when they dock in Algoma. The first ship to come to Algoma will be the Viking Polaris in 2023, as it travels between Duluth and Toronto. Other stops on the cruise include Thunder Bay, Sault Sainte Marie, Mackinac Island, and Niagara Falls. Weinaug says it is more of a research vessel than your typical cruise ship, but he expects it to be an excellent introduction to the area for passengers, and hopefully, they will return to spend more time.
Part of the visit was to determine the logistics of the passengers coming ashore. When the Viking Polaris comes to Algoma in 2023 and the Viking Octantis arrives in 2024, the ships will be moored offshore before passengers are ferried to a docking area. The stop in Algoma represents the halfway point of the cruise, which you can learn more about by clicking this link.