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This is a common summer forecast in this area. The majority of time we will see little or no precipitation. We watch the weather radar carefully and will cancel in the event of extended periods of heavy rain.
There is no age limit for 2 hour cruises. The minimum age for bed and breakfast is 6. The minimum age for multi-day windjammer cruises is 12.
Manitou is handicap accessible. However, we cannot accommodate motorized wheel chairs due to weight issues.
Since Manitou authentically emulates a 19th Century schooner, seating is on cabin tops and deck boxes. There are no seat backs.
Yes. We encourage you to explore the vessel both above and below decks. You can even take a turn at the wheel!
We strongly recommend sunscreen and a hat. If you’re on the Noon Cruise feel free to pack a picnic lunch. Please leave beverages and coolers ashore. We do have a bar aboard with a variety of soft drinks and alcoholic beverages.
Even at the height of summer it’s usually cooler on the water. We recommend having a jacket or sweater with you. All passengers should wear rubber soft-soled sneakers/tennis shoes or sandals. No high-heels please!
Once purchased, tickets cannot be refunded. You may reschedule your tickets (subject to availability) only if you do so at least 24 hours in advance.
Tipping is customary, but should be based on your satisfaction with the service you receive. A 15% gratuity is appropriate if you are happy with the performance of the captain and crew.
If Traverse Tall Ship Co. cancels because of bad weather (thunderstorms, heavy rain for extended periods etc.) you may reschedule your sail or receive a full refund.
While we can sometimes accommodate last minute sign-ups, we highly recommend making reservations in advance.
Per USCG regulations all guests must be counted as passengers.
Manitou meets or exceeds all U. S. Coast Guard regulations for construction, stability, safety equipment, and electronics for vessels in passenger service. The U. S. Coast Guard licensed captain has many years of experience and you can rest assured of being in good hands.
You are unlikely to get seasick. Manitou’s size and construction generally translate into an easy motion. In addition, our sailing grounds in Grand Traverse Bay are well protected from most wind directions.