Shoreline Cruises on the S.S. Badger Carferry
Celebrate on the S.S. Badger carferry by taking one...or all six...shoreline cruises this year. It's a guaranteed fun time for all!
If you've never taken a trip across Lake Michigan aboard the S.S. Badger, start small and take a Shoreline Cruise! Six of these fun excursions are planned for this summer, each one lasting two hours. It's time to join in the festivities and celebrate this grand ship. For all cruises, tickets are non-refundable but are transferable. The ticket price does not include the security fee. Kids under five are always free. No passes will be accepted for the shoreline cruises, and they go on rain or shine. Tickets must be purchased in advance by stopping in at the Manitowoc or Ludington ticket offices or by calling (800) 841-4243.
2017 Shoreline Cruise Events. The 2018 schedule will be posted when it becomes available.
Manitowoc Caribbean Shoreline Cruise - June 3Live Caribbean music will be performed by Michael Drake & the No Tan Lines Band from Milwaukee. Passengers can board the S.S. Badger June 3 at 1:30pm and the ship will cruise the Manitowoc shoreline from 2-4pm (CT). The $39 ticket price includes the Badger Party Buffet with desserts and soft drinks. Two cash bars will be available with drink specials. Space is limited and event sells out fast. Tickets are available for purchase online in January or call (800) 841-4243 in March.
Ludington Pirates of the Caribbean Shoreline Cruise - June 17Originally scheduled for June 10, but due to high winds, was postponed until June 17. Take part in a shoreline Caribbean cruise to welcome summer on June 10. Wear your best pirate costume and learn some pirate lingo. Passengers board at 8:30pm and the Badger will cruise the Ludington shoreline from 9-11pm. Ticket price of $39 includes the Badger Party Buffet with desserts and soft drinks. Two cash bars will be available (including Buccaneer Buck-a-Beer specials). Live music will be provided by Two Dudes in Flip Flops and Brothers Greg and Jeff. Space is limited and this cruise typically sells out weeks in advance. Tickets are available online in January or by calling (800) 841-4243 in March.
Ludington Fourth of July Shoreline Cruise - July 4This annual July 4th cruise is popular because it gives you a spectacular view of the fireworks. Passengers board at 8:30pm and cruise starts at 9pm. The S.S. Badger will cruise along the Ludington shoreline until sunset, then get into position outside the breakwall just in time to experience the fabulous fireworks display. Ticket prices are $49 per person and includes the all-you-can-eat Badger Picnic Buffet with desserts and soft drinks. Two cash bars will be available with drink specials. Space is limited so get your ticket online in January or call (800) 841-4243 in March.
NEW! Final Days of Summer Cruise - August 9Say goodbye to summer with this new shoreline cruise in Ludington. Passengers board the ship at 8:30pm and the Badger will cruise the shoreline from 9-11pm. The $39 ticket price includes the all-you-can-eat Badger Party Buffet, desserts and soft drinks Two cash bars will be available with drink specials. Space is limited so get your ticket online in January or call (800) 841-4243 in March.
Manitowoc/Two Rivers Kite Fest Shoreline Cruise - September 2By popular request, this shoreline cruise over Labor Day weekend will be held September 2. Passengers will board at 1:30pm (CT) and the ship will cruise the shoreline from 2-4pm toward the "Kites Over Lake Michigan" festival in Manitowoc/Two Rivers. Entertainment will be provided by DJ Shimmy D. Tickets are $39 per person ($20 for kids; under five free) and includes the Badger Party Buffet and soft drinks. A cash bar will be available with drink specials. Get your ticket early online in January or by calling (800) 841-4243 in March.
Ludington Labor Day "Go Green, Go Blue" Shoreline Cruise - September 3This shoreline cruise takes place September 3 over Labor Day weekend, so come and celebrate "Go Green" or "Go Blue!" Wear your team colors and know your fight song to qualify to win free round trip passes aboard the Badger. DJ Shimmy D will be onboard keeping the spirit fun and festive! Passengers board at 8pm and cruise time is from 8:30-10:30pm. Ticket price of $39 and includes the Badger Party Buffet and soft drinks. A cash bar will be available with drink specials. This popular cruise will sell out early, so get your tickets online in January or call (800) 841-4243 in March.
Visiting Port Ludington, MichiganLudington is a top vacation destination in Michigan...due to the miles of beautiful beaches, first class fishing and the Ludington State Park. The S.S. Badger docks just a few short blocks from Ludington's vibrant downtown, filled with great shops, restaurants and galleries...or visit one of our historic lighthouses. Ludington has plenty of lodging facilities, from hotels/motels and resorts to charming bed & breakfasts. Any time of year, there's a fun event happening in the area.
Visiting Port Manitowoc, WisconsinManitowoc is a community of roughly 35,000 and rich in maritime history and is the lone Wisconsin port for the S.S. Badger carferry. Manitowoc was ranked #2 by Forbes Magazine for "Best Small Cities to Raise a Family." The downtown area is within walking distance of the carferry port where you can shop, catch a movie or dine in one of the local restaurants. Enjoy a leisurely bike ride or hike on the Mariner's Trail, a seven mile trail that runs along Lake Michigan. There are numerous other things to do in and around the Manitowoc area.
Contact Lake Michigan Carferry
Ludington: 701 Maritime Drive, Ludington, Michigan 49431
Manitowoc: 900 South Lakeview Drive, Manitowoc, Wisconsin 54220