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Chicago Odyssey Lunch Cruise

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Key Highlights

  • Delectable gourmet lunch
  • Breathtaking panoramas
  • Enjoy the atmosphere and facilities of an ocean liner
  • Take home delightful memories
  • Activity Schedule
    When does it run?

    Daily

    Duration

    3 hours (including boarding time)

    Start time

    Chicago Odyssey Lunch Cruise (Monday - Friday):
    01 Apr - 11 Apr: Boarding: 10:45am, Sailing: 11:45am
    12 Apr - 11 Jun Boarding: 10:00am, Sailing: 11:00am
    12 Jun - 31 Mar: Boarding: 12:00noon, Sailing: 1:00pm
    Chicago Odyssey Lunch Cruise (Saturday):
    01 Apr - 11 Jun: Boarding: 11:00am, Sailing: 12:00noon
    12 Jun - 31 Mar: Boarding: 12:00noon, Sailing: 1:00pm
    Chicago Odyssey Brunch Cruise (Sunday):
    01 Apr - 11 Jun: Boarding: 11:00am, Sailing: 12:00noon
    12 Jun - 31 Mar: Boarding: 12:00noon, Sailing: 1:00pm

    Meeting Point

    Cruise departs from Navy Pier, where ample parking is available. Directions for reaching Navy Pier are given in Additional Information.
    Please report at the meeting point 15 minutes before the boading time. This is mandatory to ensure time to obtain boarding passes.

    Ending Point

    The cruise ends at the starting point

  • Overview & Itinerary

    Overview

    Indulge all your senses on this wonderful lunchtime cruise along Chicago’s dramatic waterfront.

    As a treat for the eyes, you will enjoy magnificent panoramas of Lake Michigan, as well as the city and its world-famous skyline.

    To tempt your taste-buds, chefs will have prepared a medley of creative seasonal hors d'oeuvres, appetizers, entrees and desserts.

    To please your ears, an eclectic range of music – everything from soft tinkling piano to the latest dance tunes – will play throughout your voyage.

    Whether you have a special occasion to celebrate or just feel like doing something a bit different, this cruise will provide pure pleasure from beginning to end.

    Itinerary

    Your luxury Chicago Odyssey Lunch Cruise promises wonderful views and a delightful and memorable experience. To join your ship you should make your way to Navy Pier, where ample parking is available. Directions for reaching Navy Pier are given in Additional Information.

    To receive your boarding pass for the Odyssey II please present your voucher and photo ID at the activity operator’s ticket kiosk at Navy Pier. Boarding begins at 11:00am, 1 hour prior to cruise departure time.

    As you are boarding, the ship's photographer records the moment for your entire party and the photo will be available for purchase afterwards.

    The Captain and crew greet you as you step onto the ship. Once on your deck, a hostess will greet you and escort you to your private table where your wait staff will introduce themselves.

    Take time to explore and enjoy all the excellent facilities available on board Odyssey II. Visit each of the three climate-controlled dining decks and the Observation deck. Capture the distinctive atmosphere reminiscent of the classic ocean liners. Be sure to visit the Captain's bridge, open to all passengers throughout most of the cruise.

    During your trip you will enjoy a sumptuous three-course gourmet lunch freshly prepared on board. A sample menu includes the following choices:

    Download the lunch menu

    Download the brunch menu

    Menu items are subject to change.

    Drinks are not included with your ticket but can be purchased at the bar or from the excellent wine list.

    All three decks aboard Odyssey offer spacious dance floors and live music – everything from classic jazz to contemporary favorites; from a five-piece band to soft piano music that won't end until well after the ship returns to the pier.

    Weather permitting, Odyssey cruises south along the Chicago Lakefront to the Museum Campus and north, sometimes as far as Evanston, then returns south to Navy Pier. All the while, the ship offers unmatched views of the city’s world-famous skyline, including the Sears Tower, the John Hancock, the Shedd Aquarium, Aon Center and more. Below is a list of key landmarks you may see on the way:

    The John G. Shedd Aquarium: Finished in 1929, it is one of the largest indoor aquariums. Today it houses around 7,500 different species of aquatic life.

    The Adler Planetarium: Named after its donor Max Adler and opened in 1930, this was the first planetarium built in North America. Daily shows project the night sky onto a domed screen with near-perfect accuracy.

    311 South Wacker: Built in 1990, it is the tallest building to be known only by its street address. The crown-like rooftop is illuminated by 1,852 fluorescent lights.

    The Sears Tower: Completed in 1973, it stands 1,454 feet high and is the tallest building in North America. Due to Chicago's strong winds, the building sways in a circular motion within a 9-inch radius.

    CNA Plaza: Built in 1972, this bright building is not only red outside. A significant number of the interior features were done in red as well, including the columns and escalators in the lobby.

    The Smurfit Stone Building: This structure with the diamond-shaped roof was built in 1983 and was the first fully computerized building. The top 10 floors have two-story atrium offices.

    1 Prudential Plaza: When completed in 1955, it was the tallest building in the world at 912 feet. It is home to a 65-ton sculpture of the Rock of Gibraltar, the Prudential Company's logo.

    2 Prudential Plaza: Dates from 1988 and is the fourth tallest building in the city.

    Aon Center: Built in 1974 and originally adorned in Carrera marble slabs. These were too thin to sustain Chicago's heavy winds and were removed in the early 1990s.

    Navy Pier: Constructed originally as a port facility for commercial shipping in 1916, Navy Pier has undergone many transformations. In 1995, after a $200 million rehabilitation, it reopened to the public and has become one of the most popular tourist attractions in the Midwest.

    Lake Point Tower: Designed to resist Chicago's strong winds, it is the only residential building east of Lake Shore Drive.

    Water Tower Place: Built in 1976, this structure houses an eight-story shopping mall, the Ritz Carlton Hotel, and numerous private residences.

    John Hancock Center: This super-tall dates from 1969 and is 1,127 feet high. The unique X braces, each 18 stories high, allow the building to sustain winds of up to 132 miles per hour. The observatory boasts spectacular views spanning over 80 miles and 4 states.

    Your delightful two-hour cruise on Lake Michigan ends at around 2:00pm, when you will be dropped back at Navy Pier.

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  • Inclusions & Exclusions

    Inclusions

    • 2-hour cruise
    • 3-course Lunch/ Brunch (Option based)
    • Tea, coffee and water
    • On- board entertainment
    • All taxes and fees
    • Fuel surcharge

    Exclusions

    • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
    • Drinks from the bar or wine list
  • Please note & Additional info

    Please note

    Please contact the activity operator within 5 days of booking or at least 72 hours prior to your arrival into Chicago to confirm your cruise reservation. You will not be guaranteed a place on the cruise until you have contacted the activity operator to confirm.
    You must print and present your voucher in order to redeem services purchased. Please present your voucher and photo ID at the activity operator’s ticket kiosk located at Navy Pier. You will be issued boarding passes at this time. Boarding begins one hour prior to cruise departure time.
    Cruises go ahead rain or shine all year long. In the rare event the Coast Guard prohibits cruising because of weather conditions, your activity operator will contact you to make other arrangements.
    If you require a vegetarian option please mention this when you make your booking

    Additional info

    The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details and local telephone numbers at the destination. They will happily answer any logistical questions you may have.Ample parking is available at Navy Pier where the cruise starts. Alternative parking is available at 460 E. Illinois and 403 E. Grand (one block from Navy Pier). Free Navy Pier Trolley Service runs continuously from parking lot to Navy Pier along Illinois & Grand.Directions for reaching Navy Pier:From the South:Take the Dan Ryan Expressway West to Lake Shore Dr. NorthExit Grand Ave./Illinois St. to Navy PierFrom the Southwest:Take Interstate 55 North (Stevenson) to Lake Shore Dr. NorthExit Grand Ave./Illinois St. to Navy PierFrom the Far Southwest:Follow Interstate 57 North to the Dan Ryan Expressway WestGo to Lake Shore Dr. North Exit Grand Ave./Illinois St. to Navy PierFrom the Southeast:Take 90/94 West (Dan Ryan Expressway) to Lake Shore Dr. NorthExit Grand Ave./Illinois St. to Navy PierFrom the North:Take 90/94 East (Kennedy) to Ohio St. ExitTurn right on Fairbanks/Columbus Dr.Turn left on Illinois St. to Navy PierFrom the Northeast:Take Lake Shore Dr. South to the Grand Ave./Illinois St. exitTurn left on Illinois St. to Navy Pier