Cruise ship to dock in Green Bay, Sturgeon Bay this summer

The ship and its 400 visitors will dock in Green Bay as part of a 10 day cruise

Green Bay, Wis. - We don't normally think of Green Bay as a port-of-call for a cruise-liner, but a cruise ship will be making a stop in Green Bay this summer.

The Victory's final destination is Ontario, Canada, but if it's stop in Green Bay goes well, the city could see eight cruise lines dock at city deck next summer.   

"From the port's perspective it's great for the community, just the prestige of having a cruise ship is welcomed," says Brown county port director Dean Haen. "We move a lot of freight and cargo, but this is something most everyone can relate to."

The 400 foot ship and its 400 visitors will dock in Green Bay as part of a 10 day cruise.

"These visitors are coming to spend money, they're going to come ashore, they're going to go on activities, they're going to go in stores, they're going to go and restaurants," says Haen.

Amanda  Watson is hoping those visitors will drop by Stadium View Pub even though it's not near City Deck.

"If they end up stopping in Green Bay, we would assume that they're going to want to check out Lambeau field," says Watson, Stadium View's general manager. "And that would be really neat for us."

She says Packers game days have prepared them for any crowd size.

"I think the big thing is always just making sure that we have enough food on hand that we have staff on hand." 

This is not the first time Green Bay has been considered to be a port-of-call.

"When the economy was really booming back in 2007, we had one ship apply. We had one visit and you know it was planned that we were going to have a bunch more," says Haen. "Then the recession kind of petered out. Now it's starting to rebound and take off again."

But the city is hoping the Great Lakes tour will continue for summers to come and Watson's staff can continue to serve visitors.

"I think people from out of town is interesting because our staff knows really well what out-of-towners want here in Green Bay," says Watson. "I always say they want cheese curds."

The Victory will also be stopping in Sturgeon Bay.

The cruise costs about $6,000 dollars per person.

Below is a promotional video about Victory Cruise Lines and their Great Lakes cruises. 

 


 


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