For over 50 years the Vista Fleet has been host to hundreds of school groups. Every year students of all ages experience the majesty of Lake Superior and learn about Duluth's history.

Field Trips

Vista Fleet Classic Sightseeing Cruises

Take in all the activity and spectacular scenery in the hard working Duluth and Superior Harbor. Our sightseeing tours are not to be missed! Our crew will provide a fun and unique experience to all passengers when sailing aboard a Vista Fleet vessel. Learn about the Harbor, Duluth’s history, the science and ecology of Lake Superior and enjoy the panoramic views of the North Shore and the largest freshwater lake in North America.


  • Reservations required
  • Boarding begins 15 minutes prior to departure
  • 75 minute Cruise
  • Fully narrated

Special School Pricing (valid May 1 - June 19, 2015 & September 8- October 14, 2015)

  • Adults & Chaperons: $12.75
  • High School Students: $12.75
  • Preschool – 8th Grade Students: $6.75
  • 1 complimentary teacher per 10 students. Bus driver is also complimentary.


  • Sightseeing Cruises are available daily starting May 1. We book sightseeing cruises based on demand.  If you don't see a time on our schedule please call for availability and booking.  

Fish and Ships

Vista Fleet Fish ‘N Ships Flyer (PDF)

A package deal that includes a 75 minute sightseeing cruise aboard the Vista Fleet and a self-guided tour of the Great Lakes Aquarium.


  • Reservations required
  • Available for School Groups ONLY
  • Vista Fleet Classic Sightseeing Cruises are 75 minutes in length and are fully narrated.
  • Boarding for the Vista Fleet begins 15 minutes prior to departure
  • Bag lunches may be brought on board. No glass.


  • $10 per student and chaperon
  • School teachers complimentary


  • Sightseeing Cruises are available daily. Please call for availability.
  • Self Guided Tours of the Great Lakes Aquarium may take place at any time during business hours based on availability. Arrival times will be scheduled upon making reservations.

2 Ships 1 Great Lake

 2 Ships 1 Great Lake Flyer

LEARN the history, LIVE the adventure! Lakers, Lift Bridges and More! Experience the Great Lakes on the William A Irvin and the Vista Fleet. Includes a one hour guided tour of the William A. Irvin and a one hour and 45 minute harbor cruise on the Vista Fleet including educational narration.


  • Reservations required
  • Available for School Groups ONLY
  • Contact Stephanie at 218.623.1236


  • Adults: $17
  • Students: $10


  • May 1 - June 19, 2015

Special Occasion

Class Party & Prom

Planning an exciting and unique event can be challenging. At the Vista Fleet, we make it easy! We want to make sure your special evening is one-of-a-kind. We offer two terrific prom and class party packages sure to please everyone. You will be able to enjoy the incredible night lights and sounds of the Duluth harbor and rock the boat in our enclosed, climate-controlled dance area. Let us do the work for you.

The Vista Star can accommodate up to 75 guests for an exquisite dinner with dancing on the 2nd deck. However, if a casual, party-like atmosphere is what you seek, the Vista Star can easily accommodate up to 225 guests for an evening of dancing and snacks.