2017 Windjammer Cruises


As we write this, a cold October rain is beating down on the roof and a stripped down Manitou rolls at her dock in a big north swell. Within a week the winter house will be secured and she’ll be snug in her winter berth, waiting for the season to come.

We have a great line up for the 2017 Windjammer cruises, starting with the 3-Day Bay Getaway, September 6-9 ($595 per person). This cruise is the perfect “get acquainted” windjammer, for those who are intrigued by the idea of an overnight sailing trip but leery of a big time or money commitment. We’re confident you’ll be hooked after this! We’ll explore the beauty of well protected Grand Traverse Bay and its variety of anchorages. This three day experience is also a terrific option for anyone who wants to fit in a September cruise but is short on time.




By popular demand our newly renamed 4-Day Stories of the Stars (thanks for the suggestion Don DeMotte!) cruise is back from September 12-16 ($769 per person). Mary Stewart Adams, director of the Headlands International Dark Sky Park, will guide us through a journey of the night sky. Mary is a star lore historian, storyteller and author who has been immersed in the history of star knowledge for nearly 30 years. She led the initiative that resulted in International Dark Sky Park designation for the Headlands property in Emmet County, MI, which later resulted in the State of Michigan passing legislation to protect the night sky over an additional 23,000 acres of state park and forest land. Mary writes and speaks extensively to local, national and international audiences on our relationship to the night sky and its cultural consequences, and has received numerous honors for her work. In addition, she is a member of the International Dark Sky Places Committee of the International Dark Sky Association, protecting and designating dark sky sites around the world. Mary’s weekly radio program “The Storyteller’s Guide to the Night Sky” airs during Morning Edition on Interlochen Public Radio every Monday. Mary makes her home under the starry skies of Harbor Springs, MI.

Our biggest cruise of the season, the 6-Day Explorer, sets sail September 17-23 ($939 per person). This one is what windjamming is all about, taking the time to really immerse ourselves in this magical experience that takes us away from the frenetic pace of our daily lives. Join us on a longer cruise and fully embrace the rhythm of wind, wave, and shipboard life.

Finally, after a three year hiatus, we’re very excited to announce the return of the 4-Day Wine Cruise. Explore the great wine regions of the world with sommelier and restaurant proprietor Amanda Danielson. Each evening aboard the Manitou we will discuss the wine making histories and taste the varietals of different countries. Dinners will feature paired wines chosen by Amanda as a perfect complement to our meals.




Amanda and her husband Paul moved to Traverse City in 2000 with the intention of opening a restaurant. Their dream came true in July 2004 when Trattoria Stella in the Village at Grand Traverse Commons welcomed its first guest. In 2014 Amanda and Paul expanded their culinary presence to downtown Traverse City with the opening of The Franklin. Amanda was raised in restaurants and driven toward hospitality education early in her career. Her passion for training took her around the world to open new restaurants and upon arrival in Northern Michigan, worked for Grand Traverse Resort and Spa first as its training manager and then as fine-dining operations at the Trillium Restaurant and management of the Resort’s wine program. Amanda strongly believes in educating the community through a series of wine and service classes. She continues to pursue her own education and more certifications in the vast field of wine.

Whatever cruise you choose, you’ll enjoy new friends, the beauty of northern Michigan, a great sense of relaxation, and superb home cooked meals, made from scratch on our wood burning stove.

Call us at 800-678-0383 to make reservations.
All returning passengers receive a 10% discount on your reservation!

We look forward to sailing with you!

Captain Dave and Brett & The Tall Ship Manitou Crew