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.
Hot Dogs $4
Potato Chips $2
Nachos & Cheese $4
Candy Bar $2
Soft Drinks $2
Domestic Beer $4
Craft Beer $5
Mixed Drinks $8
Rum and Coke
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 10 or more adults booked.
Come alone, bring your best mates, or rally the whole crew and experience Lake Michigan’s shoreline from a whole new angle. The Princess will schedule a PUBLIC tour anytime we can book a minimum of 10 adults.
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 reunions, other events, or employee appreciation activities. 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.
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.
Tour #3 is a public sunset cruise to the Big Point Sable Lighthouse.
Tour #4 is a public day cruise to the Big Point Sable Lighthouse.
*You have the option of paying the boat minimum of $300 for either Tour #1 or #2, or $500 for Tour #3 or #4 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.
It has two Captains. They are Captain Dale Fitch, and Captain Jon Meyer.
Natalie Fisk will check in passengers when boarding and departing.
Our Cruise Coordinator is Shelly Anderson. She coordinates our trips with FareHarbor, the online booking service. Shelly is our Facebook Manager and monitors our website presence. She is responsible for maintaining an awareness thru Facebook and other media as to when the Princess has dates booked by FareHarbor. It will make it easier for people to secure a 10 adult minimum .
The Voice of the Princess is Dennis Miller. He will narrate the cruises pointing out landmarks and historical sites. He will make numerous announcements and control the musical selections.
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’ 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.
Our Assistant Food Director is Natalie Fisk who will perform in Camilles absence. She has a wealth of experience in bartending and serving.
Our event coordinator is AL LAAKSONEN, the ships owner. Al has chartered vessels on Lake Michigan for 37 years. He will do everything he can to make your event a success.
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.
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.