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The PRINCESS was built in 1973 in Bay City, MICHIGAN and was named the ISLAND PRINCESS.  It is a sixty-five-foot all-aluminum passenger vessel licensed by the USCG to carry 150 passengers. It has a rich history carrying passengers to MACKINAC ISLAND and to the APOSTLE ISLANDs along the NATIONAL SHORELINE on LAKE SUPERIOR. It was brought to Ludington Michigan in MAY 2020 and MANISTEE MICHIGAN in May 2021. The Princess will run cruises out of Manistee on Lake Michigan and navigate the Manistee River into the Manistee Lake

In addition to a ship’s galley, for snacks and beverages, a liquor license permits the selling of domestic and locally brewed craft beer, wine, and mixed drinks.


Popcorn $2
Potato Chips $2
Candy $1
Candy Bar $2
Soft Pretzels


Water 1$
Coffee/Tea/Hot Chocolate $2
Soda $2
Domestic Beer $4
Craft Beer $6
Seltzer $6
Wine $6
The Princes Mule $7

Mixed Drinks $8
Bloody Mary
Rum and Coke
and more..


PUBLIC tours are open for anyone to book online or just show up to 15 minutes before the tour starts. We highly recommend booking online to secure a seat on any of our cruises. You can show up to 15 minutes before the tour starts to pay onsite with card, check, or cash, but please check our schedule online first to make sure we have a tour scheduled for the time you are interested in. We only cruise if our tours have 15 or more adults booked (or $450).

Come alone, bring your best mates, or rally the whole crew and experience Lake Michigan’s shoreline from a whole new angle. To enjoy a new level of entertainment, choose your own date and time for a PRIVATE  cruise or event. This is a great option for any occasion.  It is a great opportunity for those who want a more PRIVATE  experience aboard the Princess.

It is a venue on a great inland sea with the services you need for any occasion. The Princess is a unique and ideal venue for all sized groups up to seventy-five people which is only half of the number approved by the USCG. This gives your event more space and safety for social distancing.

The main enclosed deck has custom counters crafted by the Amish that line the spacious interior. It is completely surrounded by large windows for unlimited viewing and plenty of fresh air. The lower deck was designed by an interior decorator to accommodate passenger comfort. There is open space on the stern that can be used for catering, food display, or other activities.

In the bow of the main deck is the ship’s galley with a custom-made bar and two spacious restrooms. It also has a one-of-a-kind Amish crafted table with the Princess logo and images embedded in the top. It displays the Great Lakes and the many sites that were viewed on recent cruises.

The open-air upper deck is accessible by stairs and contains bench seating for thirty-seven guests in rows from midship to stern, as well as plenty of room to walk around the entire ship to snap pictures or to take in the spectacular scenic view. There is a private viewing area on the bow of the Princess for sightseeing or photo shots. There’s a smoking area on the platform at the stern below the flag.

Our first cruise on the Princess was a private family gathering celebrating anniversaries, birthdays, and reunions all at the same time. Catering was arranged and we were told it was a spectacular event enjoyed by all. Private cruises have been very popular. We’re getting requests for booking events into 2022.

Harbor Tours is scheduled to run four public tours in the 2021 season.

Tour #1 is a sunset cruise

Tour #2 is a day cruise that can include Manistee Lake, Manistee River, or an offshore cruise to the south toward Big Sable Point or cruise north to Onekema and Portage lake. The winds and wave conditions will determine our direction.

*You have the option of paying the boat minimum of $450 for either Tour #1 or #2, to secure a cruise, and then be refunded when additional adults book on that tour if you want to guarantee the boat will run it.

In addition to the four public tours, Harbor Tours schedules Private events for any occasion. You can select your own date and time and our event coordinator will work with you to ensure its success.


The Princess has assembled a trustworthy crew who will have your comfort, health, and safety in mind.

The Princess has two Captains. They are Captain Dale Fitch, and Captain Jon Meyer.

Our deckhand #1 is Larry Hathaway. He is responsible for the dock lines when departing and returning to dock. Larry does what it takes to ensure a clean, sanitized, and well-maintained vessel. He has been trained in Life Saving and is a knowledgeable seaman who will respond quickly to any concerns regarding safety. He has a wealth of experience on commercial net boats. He will be very visible and available underway.

Our deckhand #2 is Tony Lambert. He has earned his captains license and is logging hours to be a ships operator, he is a very capable seaman.

The Voice of the Princess is Dennis Miller. He will narrate the cruises pointing out landmarks and historical sites. He will make numerous announcements such as safety information as well as announcing special occasions we may have on board with us. He also controls the musical selections.

Our private events coordinator is AL LAAKSONEN, the ship’s owner. Al has chartered vessels on Lake Michigan for 37 years. He will welcome all suggestions and do everything he can to make your event a success.

The Princess has a Food Director who is available for consultation or catering. Her name is Camille Shepler 231-301-5588. She has sixteen years of experience as head chef on a large passenger vessel. She is in charge of the Galley. All questions regarding food should be directed to her.

Anna Smith is the hostess on the Princess who will also check-in passengers when boarding.  She is our Assistant Food Director as well and will perform Camille’s duties in her absence. She has a wealth of experience in bartending and serving.

Ludington Harbor Tours has arranged for security, bartenders, servers, photographers, ships carpenters, maintenance help, and mechanics when their service is needed.

In the fall season…

The plan is to run some color cruises as soon as the leaves start turning. It promises to introduce some offshore scenery seldom seen by the public.