(Cleveland) - The first of two luxury cruise ships arrived in Cleveland today.

The Grande Mariner docked downtown, on the West Bank of the Cuyahoga River this afternoon. The ship has 88 passengers, who are on a 16 day cruise touring the Great Lakes.

Among those onboard the Grande Mariner were, Peter and Pamela Bridge from Worcestershire, England.

They decided to cruise the Great Lakes because they wanted to see the USA up close and personal.

Pamela said her friends thought they were crazy when she explained they were going to tour the heartland of America by boat.

Peter and Pam Bridge of England arrive in Cleveland.

She told Newsradio WTAM 1100, they have seen many wonderful sights so far, including Niagara Falls, and Ohio's canals.

Grande Mariner passengers were met by a greeting party that included Cleveland's famous Singing Angels.

Many decided to take a bus tour of Northeast Ohio while here overnight, which includes a visit to, and dinner in Amish country.

The Grande Mariner leaves Tuesday, with its sister ship the Caribe arriving in Cleveland for a similar visit on Wednesday.

The 3 hour tour is handled by Discover My Cleveland. Owner Lynde Vespoli tells Newsradio WTAM 1100, Great Lakes tours are becoming very popular, even though they cost up to $7,000 for a 16 day cruise.

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(Photo by Ken Robinson/WTAM)