Milwaukee - USA, Wisconsin

Milwaukee is a city on the west coast of Lake Michigan in Wisconsin and a major port of entry on the Great Lakes - St Lawrence Seaway. The city's name is derived from the Potawatomi term meaning "gathering place by water". Milwaukee has some good examples of "old world Winsconsin" and is the location of the Summerfest lakefront. Cultural centres in the city include the Milwaukee Public Museum, featuring displays on natural history and on the history of Milwaukee, and the Milwaukee Art Museum. The city is the home of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, the Milwaukee Ballet Company, and the Milwaukee Repertory Theatre. St Josaphat Basilica (1897-1901) is the only Polish basilica in North America. Many Native American groups made the Milwaukee area their home; French missionaries who arrived in the late 17th century found groups of Sauk, Ojibwa, Menominee, Fox, Mascouten, and Potawatomi on lands formerly occupied by the Winnebago. The site of Milwaukee was settled in 1818 by French-Canadian fur traders led by Solomon Laurent Juneau, but development did not begin until 1833, when the Native Americans gave up their land claims. Following the American Civil War, the economy of Milwaukee shifted from commerce to manufacturing and the socialist movement sprang up as a result of demands for labour reforms and the city was led by three socialist mayors. The modernization of its harbour to receive ocean-going vessels and the opening of the St Lawrence Seaway in 1959 made it an international port. The following 2 cruises call at Milwaukee. Discover more by clicking the cruise name or ship or click the Enquire button if you want to check availability and pricing.