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Join us aboard Manitou for a unique adventure back in time. You will discover the beauty of northern Lake Michigan from the deck of this majestic sailing vessel while enjoying a level of relaxation rarely experienced in today’s frenzied world.


Please note: Until further notice, in order to ensure everyone’s safety and provide the memorable experience we’ve always delivered, passengers and crew are required to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination in order to sail. Medical exceptions will be made for those providing documentation, as long as they test negative for COVID-19 within 24 hours of boarding the vessel. Please call our office with any questions.

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Cruise Dates Price*
5 Day Explorer  September 6* – 11, 2022 $1,170 per person
4 Day Michigan’s Historic Lighthouses Cruise September 13* – 17, 2022 $975 per person
4 Day Explorer September 20* – 24, 2022 $895 per person

*Board between 6:00 and 8:00 pm on first day.
Prices based on double occupancy


5 Day Explorer

4 DAY Michigan’s Historic and Haunted Lighthouses Cruise

September 13-17: Michigan is home to nearly 130 lighthouses – more than any other state in America. The first built here was Fort Gratiot in Port Huron, before Michigan even became a state. Over the years, these towering beacons have guarded the Great Lakes shorelines and guided mariners traveling through these freshwater seas. The stories of their keepers are fascinating and while the profession may seem romantic, it was often dangerous and lonely. Throughout this excursion, you’ll be introduced to many of these keepers and their families, including a handful of women who served in the male-dominated, government-run industry. You’ll also hear a few ghost stories and tales of death and despair, all from the pages of Dianna Stampfler’s books “Michigan’s Haunted Lighthouses” and “Death and Lighthouses on the Great Lakes” (both published by The History Press).

A special tour of Grand Traverse Lighthouse is included, and each guest will receive an autographed copy of one of Dianna’s books. Additional copies will also be available for purchase.

Dianna Stampfler has been researching Michigan’s lighthouses and their families for 25 years, her interest first piqued while working on the Lake Michigan Circle Tour & Lighthouse Guide published by the West Michigan Tourist Association. She has penned countless articles and presented hundreds entertaining and educational programs to thousands of people around the state. As the president of Promote Michigan, Dianna spends her days highlighting the people, places and products of her home state – with a focus on travel, outdoor recreation, historic sites and haunted attractions.

September 20-24: Immerse yourself in the rhythm shipboard life. Relax, read a book, engage in the lost art of conversation with you new shipmates, or hop in and help with the working of the ship. Like our 5 Day Explorer, these cruises give you a lightly structured opportunity to unplug and tune in to the shipboard world around you, but with less of a time commitment.


Manitou is one of the largest sailing ships on the Great Lakes, constructed with modern materials, but similar in design to vessels that sailed one-hundred years ago. She was built specifically for passenger service, making her one of the most comfortable windjammers afloat.

Our licensed captain has many years of experience and together, with the professional crew you can rest assured you’re in good hands. Manitou meets or exceeds all U.S. Coast Guard regulations for construction, stability, safety equipment and electronics for vessels in passenger service. If the wind should fail, the sturdy diesel engine powers her swiftly to the next destination. Because of her size and design she ensures a comfortable relaxing sail for all.two-masted, gaff rigged, topsail schooner, she measures 114 feet in length with over 3,000 square feet of sail and displaces (weighs) over one hundred tons. Up to twenty-four passengers can enjoy the pleasure and thrill of sailing aboard Manitou.


Located at the base of beautiful West Grand Traverse Bay, Traverse City, MI is the vibrant homeport for Manitou. Traverse City’s unique shops and galleries, as well as its many high quality restaurants, are sure to enhance your sailing adventure.

Remove yourself from the trappings of modern life while aboard Manitou : no TV, phone (cell phones are discouraged), or email, and definitely no itinerary. The wind and weather conditions help determine our course, and after a good day of sailing we drop anchor at one of a variety of possible destinations. We may take in a little local color at a historic fishing village such as St. James on Beaver Island , or visit one of Michigan ‘s oldest general stores (est. 1839) while at Old Mission Harbor. The storekeeper will recount its fascinating history while serving up a genuine fountain soda or ice cream. Enjoy a little wine tasting in Omena Bay, or hunt for the ancient Petosky Stone while beach combing in Cathead Bay. A wealth of islands, bays, anchorages and coastal villages are within our reach.


Life aboard the Manitou is fun and informal. The object here is to slow down and take things as they come. Discover the lost art of conversation with new found friends, read a good book, marvel at the breathtaking array of stars, get back in touch with yourself. Many folks have told us that this is the best stress reliever they have ever found. While underway, you are free to leave the sailing to our experienced crew or lend a hand and learn the arts of the sailor. After Manitou tucks into a snug anchorage for the evening, take out our sea kayaks or rowing dinghy for a little exploration. Beach combing is special fun for those who would like to further enjoy the beauty of many of our destinations.

You’ll love the food on Manitou. Our healthy menus will satisfy the heartiest of seagoing appetites, with emphasis on Manitou specialties, fresh fruits, and produce of the region. Our team of cooks will delight you with bountiful home cooked meals turned out of the ship’s galley. All of the cooking is done on our wood fired stove, and is served either family style in the main cabin or as a wonderful buffet on deck. Beverages such as juice, tea, and coffee are provided during meals. Soft drinks may be brought on board and stored in your cabin or in ice chests provided on deck.


Manitou accommodates twenty-four passengers in twelve double cabins. Each is nicely appointed but simple and rustic with two sturdy built-in bunks and electric lighting. They are clean, cozy, comfortable, and supplied with fresh linens, towels and warm blankets. All of the cabins and entries have plenty of headroom and windows which can be opened for ventilation. Passengers look after their own cabins and keep them “shipshape.” Skylights and seating areas around the ship’s various cabin sections add to the overall comfort for conversation or an intimate encounter with a good book. The ship’s marine heads (toilets) and hot showers are conveniently located on deck.


Pack comfortable casual clothes in soft luggage instead of suitcases for easy stowing. Bring layers of clothing so you can be prepared for cool and cold nights as well as warm or hot sunny days. Rubber soled shoes, bathing suites, sunglasses and rain gear, cameras and musical instruments are items to be remembered. For those who might like to sleep on deck during nights with bright stars and the Northern Lights, a sleeping bag and cushioned pad should be packed as well. For the comfort of all on board:

  • Radio/MP3 players with headphones only please
  • Smoking is permitted on deck only
  • Excessive drinking is prohibited
  • Minimum passenger age is 12