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Thunder Bay is one of the world’s newest discovery cruise ship ports of call.

Residing upon the Traditional Territory of the Anishnawbe Peoples of Fort William First Nation, Thunder Bay has a long and deep connection to the nature environment around it.  The largest city on the largest freshwater lake on earth, the city is adjacent to the world’s largest contiguous boreal forest with a history of human connect to the land, air and water dating thousands of years.

We’re known for spectacular natural landscapes, with our eclectic urban cultural and culinary experiences woven in to create memorable experiences for cruise guests, whether for a day stop or a turnaround port you’ll want to stay in for a few days prior to or after completing your cruise here.

Thunder Bay is also the gateway port to the north shore of Lake Superior, one of the world’s newest expedition and discovery destinations.  Explore the archipelago’s hundreds of islands, pictographs, wildlife, Indigenous cultural experiences and striking geology of the area.  If your cruise ship has submersibles, you can slip beneath the waves to check out some shipwrecks too!

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 A Great Destination for Guests
Thunder Bay offers a wide range of world class natural and cultural attractions that cruise passengers love.

Popular shore excursion itineraries and self discovery attractions include:

 Exploring On Your Own?
The Pool 6 Cruise terminal, named for the former grain terminal once on the site from 1911 to the 1990s, is only a ten minute walk to Prince Arthur’s Landing and the Waterfront District. Explore local shops and experience a plethora of international culinary delights ranging from authentic French pastry, craft beers and culinary influences from around the world.

Thunder Bay boasts numerous cultural events on any given summer week, so plan ahead of your visit or visit our vessel side tourism concierge tent for information on things to see and do on your own while in port.  Download our Tourism Thunder Bay Tours app and discover architectural, historical and culinary walking tours throughout the city.

 Stay A While Longer
Thunder Bay is a turnaround port for select Viking and Ponant cruises.  When booking your cruise, build extra days into your itinerary to relax and explore the area’s natural, culinary and cultural gems.  Thunder Bay International Airport is served daily by Air Canada, Westjet, Porter and Flair Airlines.  The city boasts over 2600 hotel rooms including a number of properties near the cruise terminal such as Delta Hotels Thunder BayAiden by Best Western @ Superior Shores and the historic Prince Arthur Waterfront Hotel and The Courthouse Hotel Thunder Bay.  For a unique social experience, the highly regarded boutique Haven Hostel offers private suites as well.  
 Cruise Lines
Some of the world leaders in discovery cruising have discovered Thunder Bay!  Click on the links to view their upcoming select Great Lakes itineraries.
2024 Thunder Bay Cruise Vessel Schedule (as of Feb 23, 2024)
Ship Arrival Date Arrival Time Departure Date Departure Time
Viking Octantis June 5 2024 7:00 June 5 2024 18:00
Viking Octantis June 7 2024 9:00 June 7 2024 20:00
Viking Polaris June 7 2024 20:30 June 9 2024 20:00
Pearl Mist June 27 2024 6:00 June 27 2024 18:00
Pearl Mist June 30 2024 9:00 July 1 2024 6:00
Viking Octantis July 3 2024 18:00 July 5 2024 20:00
Viking Octantis July 17 2024 18:00 July 19 2024 20:00
Viking Polaris July 19 2024 7:00 July 19 2024 18:00
Viking Polaris July 21 2024 9:00 July 21 2024 20:00
Viking Octantis Aug 14 2024 7:00 Aug 14 2024 18:00
Viking Octantis Aug 16 2024 9:00 Aug 16 2024 20:00
Viking Polaris Sept 9 2024 18:00 Sept 11 2024 20:00
Le Champlain Sept 14 2024 7:00 Sept 14 2024 20:00
Le Champlain Sept 18 2024 20:30 Sept 18 2024 22:30
Viking Octantis Sept 25 2024 7:00 Sept 25 2024 18:00
Viking Octantis Sept 27 2024 9:00 Sept 27 2024 20:00
Hanseatic Inspiration Oct 5 2024 9:00 Oct 5 2024 20:00

 

 2023 Thunder Bay Cruise Vessel Schedule (as of Dec 15, 2022)

 

Viking Octantis 

 

25-May-2023

Thu

Viking Octantis

Thunder Bay, ON

18:00

23:59

26-May-2023

Fri

Viking Octantis

Thunder Bay, ON

00:00

23:59

27-May-2023

Sat

Viking Octantis

Thunder Bay, ON

00:00

17:00

 

08-Jun-2023

Thu

Viking Octantis

Thunder Bay, ON

18:00

23:59

09-Jun-2023

Fri

Viking Octantis

Thunder Bay, ON

00:00

23:59

10-Jun-2023

Sat

Viking Octantis

Thunder Bay, ON

00:00

17:00

 

06-Jul-2023

Thu

Viking Octantis

Thunder Bay, ON

18:00

23:59

07-Jul-2023

Fri

Viking Octantis

Thunder Bay, ON

00:00

23:59

08-Jul-2023

Sat

Viking Octantis

Thunder Bay, ON

00:00

17:00

 

17-Aug-2023

Thu

Viking Octantis

Thunder Bay, ON

07:00

18:00

19-Aug-2023*

Sat

Viking Octantis

Thunder Bay, ON

09:00

20:00

* represents turnaround itineraries

Viking Polaris 

23-Jun-2023

Fri

Viking Polaris

Thunder Bay, ON

07:00

18:00

25-Jun-2023*

Sun

Viking Polaris

Thunder Bay, ON

09:00

20:00

21-Jul-2023

Fri

Viking Polaris

Thunder Bay, ON

07:00

18:00

23-Jul-2023*

Sun

Viking Polaris

Thunder Bay, ON

09:00

20:00

11-Sep-2023

Mon

Viking Polaris

Thunder Bay, ON

07:00

18:00

13-Sep-2023*

Wed

Viking Polaris

Thunder Bay, ON

09:00

20:00

* represents turnaround itineraries

Ocean Navigator (American Queen Voyages)

10-June-2023*     Sat        11:00 - 20:00

24-June-2023*     Sat        11:00 – 20:00

* represents turnaround itineraries

Hanseatic Inspiration (Hapag Lloyd)

5-June-2023*     Mon       9:00 – 20:00

28-June-2023*   Wed        9:00– 20:00

* represents turnaround itineraries

 

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