Cruise ship announces 2010 schedule

The Clelia II cruise ship will make five trips under the Aerial Lift Bridge in Duluth next summer, down from six in 2009.

So, instead of 12 one-way trips between Duluth and Toronto, there will be 10.

The dates are June 26, July 10, July 24, Sept. 4 and Sept. 18.

The dates miss some of the largest tourist events on the summer calendar, including Grandma’s Marathon, Fourth Fest, Blues Fest and NorthShore Inline Marathon.

The void in August is due to the Clelia’s two 15-day voyages from Toronto to Greeenland.

Travel Dynamics International, who runs the Clelia, plans to alternate five and six visits every year. If that holds, the Clelia will be back in Duluth six times in 2011 and five times in 2012.

Passengers of the cruise ship will try to use the Great Lakes Aquarium for customs again this year, instead of building a seperate cruise terminal. The Duluth Port Authority has taken the position that a terminal wouldn’t be necessary with the small volume of travelers to our port.

In other cruise news, Detriot is working on a $22 million ferry and cruise-ship terminal. The center will include 8,000 square feet and a U.S. Customs office. That operation, it seems, can be supported by the proximity to Windsor, Canada.