Not all cruises are on the ocean, there are several that happen in the Great Lakes and the city of Muskegon is raking in some serious revenue because of it.

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Great Lakes Cruises

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When most people talk about cruises the Bahamas come to mind. Florida is a state that offers tons of cruises to a variety of places.


Many people, including Michiganders, forget there are several different Great Lakes cruises that are available. There are Lake Michigan, Lake Huron, Lake Superior, Lake Ontario, and Lake Erie cruises.

Port Cities for Great Lakes Cruises

Cruise Ship
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If you are a city that is on the banks of one of the Great Lakes, being a port city to a cruise ship can be financially rewarding.

Map of Great Lakes

As you can see from the map above, there is a lot of the Great Lakes touching the shorelines of Michigan, giving lots of opportunities to cities to generate some serious revenue from Great Lakes cruises.

Here is a list of Great Lakes port cities:

  • Mackinac Island
  • Sault St. Marie
  • Little Current
  • Parry Sound
  • Green Bay
  • Muskegon
  • Milwaukee

Muskegon is a Port City for Great Lakes Cruises

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Getty Images/Cavan Images RF

Muskegon is one of the lucky cities that Great Lakes cruises port bringing a ton of extra revenue for area business.

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grandriver/Getty Images/iStockphoto

According to FOX 17, four different cruise lines port in Muskegon usually bring about 200 passengers per stop. These passengers go to many of the restaurants, shops, and museums that are within walking distance of the ships.  This also brings in revenue for the local businesses in Muskegon. Even some of the ships shop for supplies in Muskegon when running low on items needed for the ship and its passengers.

If you are interested in taking your own Great Lakes cruise simply click here to learn more.

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