Tom Peterson

Tom Peterson

Tom Peterson is a Stateline correspondent based in Minnesota and the Washington, D.C., area. He has worked at The Washington Post, McClatchy Newspapers and Knight Ridder.

The Viking Polaris cuts through the Lake Superior fog, finishing a trip to Duluth, Minn., on June 24. Cruise ships, which once thrived on the Great Lakes before all but disappearing in the 1970s, are making a comeback. Tom Peterson/Stateline

Great Lakes are once again a hot destination for cruise ships

By: - July 26, 2023

DULUTH, Minn. — The Viking Polaris sliced through the dawn June fog, entering the harbor without fanfare. No horn blasts to this Midwestern port city’s landmark lift bridge. Onboard, all but a handful of cabins were dark as the 666-foot cruise ship ended its maiden Great Lakes voyage. Cruise ships, which once thrived on these […]