New Cruise Line: Victory Cruise Lines

Founded by Industry veteran Bruce Nierenberg (Former executive of NCL, Costa, Premier and Delta Queen Steamboat) the new Victory Cruise Lines will be a small one ship line. The main focus will be the US inland waterways during Summer and Fall. Examples of destinations include the Great Lakes, Chicago, and the St. Lawrence seaway. For the winter months the focus turns to Cuba with cruises ranging from 3 to 14 days out of Miami. There will be a one time only cruise from Port Canaveral to Havana in late October.

The ship they’re using is the former Saint Laurent of the now defunct Haimark Lines. She will be renamed Victory I and keep her Bahamian flag even though she’s a Jones Act ship originally. She started sailing as the Cape May Light in 2000 for Majestic America Line, part of American Classic Voyages. She went through several owners, including the US Government, and several layups before finally sailing again when she went to Haimark.

It looks like Clipper Group will be retained as the technical managers of the ship.

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