The Victory Cruise Lines' MV Victory II takes in Lakes Michigan, Huron, Erie and Ontario.

Follow Jane McDonald on a cruise through America's Great Lakes with Bon Voyage

Friday, 6 December 2019

Cruising with Jane McDonald, the popular Channel 5 travel series, returned to our screens last Friday (29 November) with a focus on cruising America's Great Lakes. Jane's journey aboard Victory Cruise Lines' MV Victory II took in Lakes Michigan, Huron, Erie and Ontario before heading up the St Lawrence River to Montreal. The highlight of any voyage through these inland seas is always Niagara, where Jane took a boat trip under Horseshoe Falls before careering down a zip-wire into the gorge at the base of the cataract.  

Those inspired to follow in her footsteps can book a similar journey through Bon Voyage, who recommend pairing the voyage with overnight stays in Chicago and Niagara Falls. Available from May to October, the trip commences with an exploration of the Windy City before setting sail.

Typical of Victory Cruise Line's immersive shore excursions (included in the price) is a visit to Mackinac Island, a step-back-in-time experience on a car-free National Historic Landmark isle that's little changed since Victorian times. Other ports of call include Detroit, where a visit to the Henry Ford Museum includes a chance to see such notable vehicles as the limousine in which JFK was travelling on that fateful day in 1963. And of course there's that boat trip beneath the 792-metre high Horseshoe Falls - visited on an excursion that includes a tour of the surrounding wine region.  

Bon Voyage can package the all-inclusive, 7-night cruise with flights (from London, Manchester or Glasgow), transfers, two nights pre-cruise in Chicago and one night post cruise in Niagara Falls from £4,695 per person. Call 0800 316 0194 or visit www.bon-voyage.co.uk

Enjoy a Mississippi cruise aboard the legendary American Queen

Combine Mardi Gras with a Mississippi cruise and save £480pp with Bon Voyage

A Mississippi cruise aboard the legendary American Queen - the largest riverboat in the world - is the very best way to go rolling on the river. But while watching the famous paddle steamer's big wheel keep on turnin' is a memorable experience in itself, there's no better time to take a trip on lazy Old Man River than during the annual, epic knees-up of Mardi Gras. The highlight of this famous festival is its numerous parades that fill New Orleans' streets with music, colour, dancing and millions of beads.

Get the best of both worlds with this holiday package from Bon Voyage, which pairs a two-night stay in New Orleans (conveniently timed to coincide with some of the best parades) with a seven-night cruise from the Big Easy all the way upriver to Memphis. As well as offering even more Mardi Gras fun and festivities onboard, the trip comes with a money-saving discount of £480 per person (if booked by 30 December, 2019).

Departing 22 February 2020, the package costs from £3,675 per person and includes flights (from London, Manchester or Glasgow), 2 nights' at the four-star Hilton Riverside (room-only) and 7 nights' full-board on the American Queen (in an outside-facing cabin). For more information or to book, call Bon Voyage on 0800 316 0194 or visit www.bon-voyage.co.uk

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Take a stroll across the colourful Charles Bridge in picturesque Prague

Stuck for a Christmas present? How about a festive city break travel voucher

Stuck for a great Christmas present for someone who has everything or deserves something special?  Why not ‘vouch’ for an exciting European city break or another great escape with Travel Department (www.traveldepartment.co.uk, 020 7099 9665).    

With the choice of purchasing Travel Department gift vouchers to go towards a trip or completely spoiling someone with the whole package, great options visiting some of Europe's most exciting cities include a magical 3 night break in the medieval city of Prague from £449pp.  

Taking in Prague Castle with a stroll across the colourful Charles Bridge, Old Town - the heart of Medieval Prague and some of the city’s most iconic fixtures including the Jewish Museum, the Astronomical Clock and the Old Town Hall on a half day guided walking tour to get an overview of this fascinating city, the break also includes return flights from Edinburgh, B&B 4 star hotel accommodation transfers and plenty of time to explore more of the city’s well preserved sights on your own.

Travel Department Gift Vouchers can be purchased online with the choice of having them delivered in a presentation box or emailed so they can be printed at home.