Victory Cruise Lines risk-free booking policy


Victory Cruise Lines risk-free booking policy — If you are dreaming about the time its safe enough to go on a cruise, but worried about what happens if you pay now and the trip gets cancelled, Victory Cruise Lines (VCL) has come up with the perfect solution. The cruise line has just announced their Risk-Free Booking Policy for advance bookings for the 2021 season for voyages that are paid in full by September 30, 2020. You can also receive up to $1,400 in savings on your trip and the $250 VCL administration fee will be waived. Plus, you can change or cancel your voyage up to 121 days prior to departure and receive a full refund (this offer is for new bookings only on Victory Cruise Lines and are not valid on re-bookings from 2020).

Victory 1 sundeck. photo by Victory Cruise Lines

New itineraries for the 2021 season include the highly anticipated Ocean Victory sailing to Alaska and new routes on The Great Lakes, Canadian Maritimes, New England, and the Southeastern United States. Victory Cruise Lines is operated by the American Steamboat Company (AWSC), a Hornblower Family Company.

Great Lakes Cruises are offered from Niagara to Chicago. VCL specializes in small ship cruising aboard Victory I and Victory II. While 2020 voyages have been cancelled due to the Canada/U.S. border closure, you can book now for 2021 cruises including the nine or 10-day Great Lakes Masterpiece cruise from Niagara Falls to Chicago or the 13-day Provincial Passage to New England voyage from Niagara to Boston, with stops in Montreal, Quebec City, Charlottetown, Halifax, Portland (Maine) and on to Boston.

The Tavern aboard Victory 1 photo by Victory Cruise Lines

Last fall I took the Great Lakes Cruise and highly recommend this bucket-list trip, which included stops in Cleveland (and a visit to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame), Detroit (day trip to the Henry Ford Museum), a stop in Sault Ste. Marie and Manitoulin Island and a highlight—a day spent on vehicle-free Mackinac Island in Michigan with lunch at the historic Grand Hotel boasting the longest front porch in the world.

Spacious Victory Cabin Category AA

“Victory Cruise Lines is committed to providing not only a safe cruise experience for our guests, but also greater transparency of our polices and ‘peace of mind’ with our flexible booking policies,” says John Waggoner, Founder and CEO of ASBC. “In times of greater uncertainty, we hope that our Risk=Free Booking Policy, in addition to our health and safety protocols, will help guests and travel agents book with confidence knowing their investment is protected.” For more information on the VCL No-Risk Booking Policy and cruise destinations, visit

Victory 1. Great Lakes Cruises are offered from Niagara to Chicago. VCL specializes in small ship cruising aboard Victory I and Victory II. photo by Victory Cruise Lines

Rollin’ on the River to Enjoy the Fall Colours (Autumn 2021) with American Queen Steamboat Company

One of the most idyllic voyages of a lifetime is enjoying the fall colours on a river cruise. Although you will have to wait until fall 2021, the American Steamboat Company offers their “Autumn on the River” voyages on iconic American rivers.

Beginning October 2021, the American Countess® travels from Minneapolis to St. Louis while the American Duchess® journeys from Chattanooga to Memphis.

American Queen is taking booking for fall 2021. photo American Steamboat Company

Be a part of living history as you enjoy the splendour of the American Queen®, the largest steamboat ever built and a triumph of American ingenuity. The flagship paddlewheel boat is ornately detailed and travels on great rivers, including the historic Mississippi River.

The Autumn on the River cruise in October 2021 travels from historic Memphis to Chattanooga. Sip hot apple cider and take in the glory of the fall leaves from the vantage point of a river while enjoying the luxurious comfort and divine food offered by the American Queen Steamboat Company.

Sister company, Victory Cruise Lines also offers fall cruises to enjoy the autumn leaves with voyages from Niagara to Boston or Niagara to Chicago.

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Story by Laurie Wallace-Lynch

lead photo Victory 1 docked at Mackinac Island, Michigan. by Victory Cruise Lines

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