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Shoreline Cruises Aboard the S.S. Badger Carferry

After a mechanical failure of its ramping system in July of 2023, the Badger had to cancel rest of the 2023 sailing season. It has since been announced that reservations for 2024 may now be made online for crossings starting on Friday, May 17th, 2024. Work to repair the dock continues, so earlier crossings in May could open up. Stay tuned for updates!

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Celebrate on the S.S. Badger Carferry by taking one or all of the shoreline cruises offered during the summer months. 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! Each summer cruise lasts approximately 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. 

Here's the schedule for shoreline cruises in Manitowoc in 2024:

Saturday, June 15th, 2024
Saturday, July 20th, 2024
Saturday, August 17th, 2024

Entertainment for the cruises is yet to be announced. Passengers board the ship at 1:30pm CST and the cruise along the Manitowoc shoreline takes place from 2-4pm CST.

Here's the schedule for shoreline cruises in Ludington in 2024:

Thursday, July 4th, 2024 – Patriotic Theme
​Wednesday, July 24th, 2024- Theme TBA
Wednesday, August 21st, 2024- Bon Voyage to Summer Theme

Entertainment for the cruises is yet to be announced. Passengers board the ship at 8:30pm EST and the cruise along the Manitowoc shoreline takes place from 9-11pm EST.

For more information on the S.S. Badger Shoreline Cruises, please contact the Lake Michigan Carferry:

Ludington: 701 Maritime Drive, Ludington, Michigan 49431
Manitowoc: 900 South Lakeview Drive, Manitowoc, Wisconsin 54220

(800) 841-4243

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