Cruising, Dancing and Dining with the Wind

Set sail across the coastal waters of Michigan for a relaxing cruise against a backdrop of some of the most majestic sunsets you’ll ever see. Or, for an enchanted even, book a dinner cruise with that special someone and savor Michigan’s great cuisine and award-winning wines and craft beers. Cruise our lakes, rivers and streams and learn of our history, take part in the customs of a bygone era or simply take in the breathtaking scenery.

Set sail  with Wind Dancer Charters. The 61-foot double gaff-rigged schooner departs from South Harbor along the Grand Haven boardwalk for three trips daily, from May to September.Take turns raising the sails and steering the 22-passenger ship around Lake Michigan, led by the captain and first mate. You can feel the breeze toss your hair as you look out toward the majestic sand dunes and wooded hills that edge the shoreline. Kick back with a cocktail from the cash bar as the stereo plays familiar Caribbean tunes.

The last sail of the day is the romantic two-hour sunset cruise, where you can watch the sun dip into the horizon, splashing colors across the evening sky. Call ahead for schedules and advance reservations.

Just Cruising - Courtesy of Midwest Living Magazine

The Tall Ship Manitou is a replica of an 1800's coasting cargo schooner, similar to those that sailed the Great Lakes and the Atlantic Ocean. There are overnight accommodations for 24 guests in 12 private cabins which are rustic and fitting of a mid-1800s style windjammer. Sailing out of Traverse City from Memorial Day weekend through early September, Manitou offers a noon sail, afternoon sail and a popular evening sail, with each adventure being two hours in length (a specially catered picnic meal is included on the evening sail). Additional excursions include Wine Tasting Cruises on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, Entertainment Nights on Wednesday evenings and our Moomers Ice Cream Sails on Monday and Friday afternoons.

Superior Odyssey Cruise offers the opportunity to sail on a historic schooner the Coaster II into the wildest and most ruggedly beautiful seascape of Lake Superior. Choose a sail of your liking or customize a sail to fit your event. You can choose from a two hour sail to an overnight sail. The Coaster II is a passenger vessel offering day and sunset cruises on a wooden hulled, gaff-schooner with topsails.
The dramatic story of the Great Lakes historic replica tall ship, Friends Good Will, speaks to the history of commerce in the early 1800s, as well as her pivotal role in the War of 1812. Stand at her bow, feel the wind on your face, hear the crack of her billowing sails and her 6-pound pivot cannon. Do more than imagine how seamen felt as they set sail for uncharted courses - experience it for yourself. Available for dockside tours, passenger sails, and charters at the Michigan Maritime Museum.

For your next special getaway, why not book a dinner cruise aboard one of the following floating restaurants, tour vessels or party boats: 

Appledore Tall Ships 
Bay City Boat Lines 
Detroit Princess Riverboat 
Port City Princess Cruises 
Soo Lock Boat Tours and Dinner Cruises
Huron Lady River Cruises 
Shepler's Lighthouse Cruises 
Saugatuck Boat Cruises
Nauti-Cat Cruise
Traverse Tall Shio Co.
Captain Hook Charters and Party Time Cruise
Great Lakes Cruise Company