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.
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. 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 150 people as approved by the USCG.
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 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’s a smoking area on the platform at the stern below the flag that can also be used for dancing. In addition, 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 two public tours in the 2021 season.
Tour #1 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 #2 is a delightful sunset cruise.
*You have the option of paying the boat minimum of $450 for either Tour #1 or #2, to secure a cruise.
In addition to the two 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 is Sidney. He is responsible for the dock lines when departing and returning to dock. Our deckhand doess what it takes to ensure a clean, sanitized, and well-maintained vessel. He will respond quickly to any concerns regarding safety. He will be very visible and available.
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 for those we have on board.
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.
Cassie is a 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.
In the fall season…
The plan is to run some color cruises as soon as the leaves start turning in October. It promises to introduce some offshore scenery seldom seen by the public.