The Vista Fleet in Duluth

What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you think about Duluth? Lake Superior, right? If not the lake itself, probably something on the lake, near it or a place with a killer view of it. Enter the Vista Fleet in Duluth. What is that? The Fleet consists of two boats that run both dinner cruises and sightseeing cruises in and around the Duluth Harbor. If you’ve never actually been out on Lake Superior, you owe yourself the opportunity; you will not be disappointed. Taking a Vista Cruise will be relaxing, informative and you’ll have a view of Duluth like you’ve never imagined.

Sightseeing Cruises

The Vista Fleet Duluth Sightseeing Cruises depart from the waterfront dock behind the DECC. They run multiple times daily from late spring and until mid-October. The narrated boat tours are 1½ hours long. You will be taken past the grain elevators, see lake freighters gliding by, spend part of the tour on the St. Louis River bay and even go under the Aerial Lift Bridge!

Dinner Cruises

The hillside of Duluth is especially beautiful at night, when Sunset Dinner Cruises are available. The Vista Fleet offers these 2½ hour long cruises during the summer months from Thursday thru Saturday at 7:30pm. They also have limited engagements during the spring and fall seasons, which you can find on the official site of The Vista Fleet in Duluth.

Special Events

Want a more formal experience aboard a Vista Cruise? There are Elegant Champagne Dinner Cruises on selected evenings. Other fun trips include Pizza, Family Fun and Happy Hour cruises. The Fleet offers special holiday outings as well. They are on Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Memorial Day and the Fourth of July. This last cruise is extremely popular as it gives you the most amazing view of Duluth’s fireworks display!

Additional Information

It’s best to book in advance for any cruise. The Fleet is versatile and can even host weddings! If you have a large group or want to plan an amazing day aboard the Vista Fleet in Duluth, contact them via their website. FYI, there is no parking at the dock. But for a fee, you may park in the lots across from the SS William A. Irvin and in the DECC parking lot.

The Vista Star- Vista Fleet CruisesThe Vista Fleet offers wheelchair accessibility on the first floor deck. There are limited strollers and highchairs available, too. There is a concession stand aboard the ship and washroom facilities. Seating is plentiful, with benches and cafeteria style tables.

The Vista Queen- Vista Fleet Cruises
As you drift along the lake’s surface, you’ll experience the cool breezes and rolling waves. A tip: even during the summer months, it’s not a bad idea to bring along a jacket. It is truly a gift to the senses as you tour with The Vista Fleet in Duluth!

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3 thoughts on “The Vista Fleet in Duluth

  1. Beverly

    We will be in Duluth May 30th and May 31st and are interested in cruising on Lake Superior. Will there be a dinner cruise on either of those dates? We are staying at Voyageur on the Lake. How far are we from your dock?

  2. Patricia Wiedl

    We are interested in booking a day cruise on Tuesday July 7 for two adults please contact me to confirm a time

  3. Jon

    The sunset dinner cruise was great, just angry that a wedding party was on the boat . We paid our money not to be treated like second class. They should of been treated like everyone else.

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