WATCH: Ocean Navigator cruise ship arrives in Green Bay

Published: Jun. 16, 2022 at 1:12 PM CDT|Updated: Jun. 16, 2022 at 9:00 PM CDT
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GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) - For the first time, a passenger cruise ship has docked in downtown Green Bay. The Ocean Navigator arrived at the Port of Green Bay Thursday morning.

Organizations came together to make the Bay of Green Bay and Fox River accommodate passenger ships. The city upgraded the dock wall at Leicht Park.

The Ocean Navigator is operated by American Queen Voyages. It’s on two 16-day excursions through Lake Michigan, Lake Huron, Lake Superior and the Bay of Green Bay.

Many of the passengers are from Europe and have never been to Wisconsin.

Green Bay’s mayor is thrilled to have these international visitors in town.

”We feel very strongly that the word is going to spread among not just tourists but also these cruise lines, and so looking forward to welcoming many more ships in the future,” Mayor Eric Genrich said.

“After many years of planning, wondering when these ships would actually arrive, it will be great to see these ships finally coming down the Fox River so we can proudly show off our community with fun tours,” said C&M Presents owner Susan Broberg.

Discover Green Bay welcomed passengers at a new mobile visitor center.

This has been in the works for years, but was delayed by the COVID-19 pandemic. It was a collaboration with Discover Green Bay, the City of Green Bay, Brown County, The Port of Green Bay, Downtown Green Bay, Inc., On Broadway Inc., and C&M Presents.

The ship will leave Friday at 7 A.M. The public is encouraged to give them a send-off.

The next cruise ship comes in June 30 at 7 A.M.

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