The 202-passenger Victory I and Victory II (shown here) will cruise on the Great Lakes.
Passenger Vessels

AQSC Completes Acquisition Of Victory Vessels

American Queen Steamboat Company (AQSC) announced January 14 that it had closed on the purchase of sister ships Victory I and Victory II from Sunstone Ships Inc., in addition to the Victory brand. The acquisition expands AQSC’s portfolio to include small-ship cruising on the Great Lakes.

Victory I and Victory II will spend the winter and spring season at Gulf Island Shipyard in Houma, La., undergoing a multimillion-dollar refurbishment and upgrade program before re-entering service in May.

Plans for the deal were announced last November.

“American Queen Steamboat Company celebrated a record year in 2018, and the recent addition of the Victory I and Victory II to our fleet is a wonderful way to start 2019,” said AQSC Chairman and CEO John Waggoner. “Our repeat guests have long shared their desire to sail the Great Lakes, and these vessels, currently undergoing a shipyard refresh alongside the under-construction American Countess, will deliver unforgettable travel memories in a new and growing region.”

Starting in May and continuing through October, Victory Cruise Lines will offer 10-day, all-inclusive sailings on the Great Lakes. Victory I will sail between Montreal and Detroit, visiting Quebec City, Kingston, Toronto/Welland Canal, Port Colborne/Niagara Falls and Cleveland. Victory II will sail between Toronto and Chicago calling on Port Colborne/Niagara Falls/Welland Canal, Cleveland, Detroit, in addition to sailing scenic Lake Huron, Little Current and visiting Soo Locks/Sault Ste. Marie, Mackinac Island and ending on Lake Michigan.

The 202-passenger Victory I and Victory II are small ships designed for coastal cruising with modern conveniences to explore North America’s maritime history throughout the Great Lakes and southern Canadian coast.

The Victory I and Victory II join the American Queen Steamboat Company fleet under the Victory Cruise Lines name, alongside the flagship American Queen, the American Duchess—a 166-guest boutique paddlewheeler sailing the Mississippi and Ohio rivers—and the American Empress in the Pacific Northwest. The new American Countess will debut in 2020.

Caption for photo: The 202-passenger Victory I and Victory II (shown here) cruise on the Great Lakes.