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“The whole experience far exceeded our expectations!”

“Hidden Treasure”… “Undiscovered Paradise”… phrases that are well suited for the island wilderness areas, charming coastal villages and sailing routes traveled by the tall ship Manitou in these “fresh water seas.” Pristine deserted sandy beaches capped by beautiful rolling hillsides… Clear, sparkling, swimmer-friendly waters… Wonderful sailing breezes… All are typical of this area.

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.


“The entire crew and sailing on Manitou was an experience of a lifetime for me, and I would do it again in a  heartbeat!


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. A traditional

Our licensed captain has many years of experience and together with the professional crew you can rest BX6A2007assured 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.


“Best vacation I have ever had!  I would say this is great for almost anyone,  from 1st timer to “old salt.”

Manatou kks (1 of 1)-2Located 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. Surveying the ship at anchor from atop a historic lighthouse or stumbling upon an abandoned, turn of the century farm are likely possibilities on the remote Manitou Islands . Marvel at the towering beech trees during a hike on Power Island in Grand Traverse 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.


“The food was WOW!!”

Life aboard the Manitou is fun and informal. The object here is to slow down and takeBX6A1927 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 d inghy 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, “Cleo”, 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.

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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

2017 Windjammer Schedule

To Make Windjammer Reservations Please Call 800-678-0383 and Press Option 2

Cruise Dates Price*
3 Day Bay Getaway September 06* – 09, 2017 $595 per person
4 Day Stories of the Stars (Sold out) September 12* – 16, 2017 $769 per person
6 Day Explorer Cruise September 17* – 23, 2017 $939 per person
4 Day Wine Cruise  September 26* – 30, 2017 $769 per person

*Board between 6:00 and 8:00 pm on first day.

Prices based on double occupancy

3 Day Bay Getaway – This cruise is the perfect “get acquainted” windjammer, for those who are intrigued by the idea of a 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.

Stories of the Stars  – We’re excited to be joined by Mary Stewart Adams, director of the Headlands International Dark Sky Park, who 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.

“I describe myself as a star lore historian because it allows me to access the night sky and its stories in ways that are not confined to one singular approach. Much to my own surprise (because I am a land-lubber, after all!) nowhere is this as obvious as when I’m out on the great lake under the wide open sky. There’s a harmony in the rhythmic motion of a ship under sail that lends itself to understanding the larger rhythms of the sun and moon, planets and stars, whether it’s the scientific discovery that has resulted from centuries of explorers setting out to “follow their star” or the music and poetry inspired by the same, there is something quite specific in the cosmos that can only be known when you leave off from the shore and set your course toward an experience of the stars. It is hard to not wax poetic, but when you’re in this environment with wind and sail and waving water, it opens something within that allows the stars to enter, in a way that’s much different than when your feet are firmly on the ground. I love the unique experience that the astronomy cruise offers!”

– Mary Stewart Adams

6 Day Explorer Cruise –   Join us on a longer cruise and fully embrace the rhythm of wind, wave, and shipboard life. This one books quickly!

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.

 “The best thing about wine is that the more you learn, the more you realize that you’re never going to know. It’s always new; it’s always fresh; and you can be rest assured that you will never get bored of learning, teaching and drinking wine.”

 Amanda Danielson

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A deposit of $350 per person is required at the time of reservation.  The balance is due 30 days before the date of the sail. Reservations cancelled more than 30 days prior to sailing will be refunded, less a $25 per person processing fee.  If cancellation occurs within 30 days of sailing Traverse Tall Ship Company, LLC reserves the right to keep any funds collected.

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