The Pearl Mist is in its third season of Great Lakes cruising.  Muskegon just finished its first full season as a port of call.  Michiganders likely will see more cruise ships like the Pearl Mist on the horizon.

Stephen Burnett is the executive director of the Great Lakes Cruising Coalition.  Burnett says that they have two cruise lines invested in the Great Lakes quite heavily at the moment.

They include Pearl Sea Cruises, owners of the Pearl Mist, and Victory Cruises, which operates the Victory 1, a ship that can accommodate about 200 passengers.

Burnett also said, we believe that the potential for the Great Lakes is as high as 30 ships cruising during a season, which is basically from May to October.  Here's more information from the Lansing State Journal.