MANISTEE, MI – The historic Princess shoreline cruise ship is crusing Lake Michigan for the third season.

Proprietor and Capt. Albert Laaksonen is embarking on his second season working the 65-foot Princess out of the Manistee Municipal Marina located alongside the Manistee Riverwalk. New this yr are 5 vacation cruises.

Manistee Harbor Excursions kicked off its season final week providing two, 90-minute cruises every day. The ship traverses the Manistee River out to Lake Michigan for afternoon and sundown cruises.

“Many for the primary time are simply having fun with being on one of many best our bodies of recent water on the planet,” Laaksonen stated. “After all, the preferred viewing are the superior sunsets.”

Certainly one of this yr’s vacation cruises will embody not solely the sundown but additionally a unbelievable view of Manistee’s 4th of July fireworks show. That is the primary yr that these particular cruises are being supplied. Right here’s the line-up: Memorial Day weekend, Sunday, Might 29; Father’s Day, Sunday, June 19; Independence Day, Monday, July 4; Household Day, Sunday, Aug. 14; and Labor Day weekend, Sunday, Sept. 4. Apart from the Independence Day cruise, they may all be from 2-3:30 p.m. Wine, drinks, appetizers and treats for youngsters will likely be included for many who reserve tickets on-line. Tickets will likely be $50 for adults and $25 for youngsters.

Common cruise tickets are $35 for adults, $17.50 for youngsters 4-14, and free for infants and toddlers 0-3. The Princess accommodates as much as 148 passengers and will also be reserved for personal excursions. Ebook tickets right here.

The Princess is one thing of Up North royalty. She is a former Arnold Transit ferry for Mackinac Island earlier than heading to Lake Superior to be outfitted as a automotive ferry in Wisconsin’s Apostle Islands.

Laaksonen introduced the ship to Lake Michigan in 2020. He first supplied cruises out of Ludington earlier than transferring to Manistee in 2021. He was drawn to the city’s “secure and ample” docking services together with a welcoming native authorities and chamber of commerce, he stated.

In March, the Manistee Space Chamber of Commerce acknowledged Manistee Harbor Excursions with its Rising Enterprise Award. The award goes to a brand new enterprise that has proven entrepreneurial spirit, professionalism and integrity, and gives high quality services or products.


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