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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 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.
“Best vacation I have ever had! I would say this is great for almost anyone, from 1st timer to “old salt.”
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. 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 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 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.
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:
|6 Day Explorer Cruise||September 3* – 9, 2014||$889 per person|
|4 Day Wine Cruise||September 11* – 15, 2014||$739 per person|
|4 1/2 Day Great Lakes Schooner Festival||September 19* – 23, 2014||$749 per person|
|4 Day Astronomy Cruise||September 25* – 29, 2014||$739 per person|
|4 Day Photography Cruise||October 2* – 6, 2014||$659 per person|
|3 Day Fall Foliage||October 9* – 12, 2014||$529 per person|
*Board between 4:00 and 6:00 pm on first day.
Prices based on double occupancy
Explorer Cruise - Wow! The 2013 cruise was one for the history books! Not only did it sell out in short order, but everyone had such a fantastic time that some have already put their names in for the 2014 trip. Join us on a longer cruise and fully embrace the rhythm of wind, wave, and shipboard life.
Astronomy Cruise - Astronomer Mark Nussbaum will be our guide to the moon and stars as we study the brilliant northern Michigan heavens.
Wine Tasting Cruise – Explore the great wine regions of the world with expert host Tim Tebeau. Each evening aboard Manitou we will discuss the winemaking histories and taste the varietals of different countries. Dinners will feature paired wines chosen by Tim as a perfect complement to our meals.
Great Lakes Schooner Festival – Join us as we gather with tall ships from around the Great Lakes! Board Manitou between 2:00 and 4:00 pm on Friday, September 19. After dinner aboard we will set sail and parade around lower West Grand Traverse Bay, together with a fleet of visiting schooners! Following the procession we will dock in company with the other vessels, giving everyone a chance to stroll the pier and view these majestic sailing ships. We will depart Traverse City after breakfast the following morning, setting a course for…..who knows where? We’ll let the wind and weather decide our itinerary! This is a rare opportunity to step into the pages of history!
Photography Cruise - Imagine a fantasy vacation where you relax to the gentle rhythm of Lake Michigan’s waves; or the feel of crisp fall air on your cheeks and breath; or the sight of the dark heavens above with the moon and stars piercing the sky; or the sounds of birds readying their mates for the next season. Go further and imagine capturing your “feelings” through pictures. Chronicle your “once in a lifetime” trip for memories many years from now.
This Cruise will offer you the extraordinary experience of traveling with a seasoned photographer. A photographer who appreciates whatever camera skills you may have or equipment you bring, and will work with you in capturing your unforgettable vacation story through camera management and photo composition. Chris Bickes has been hosting photo-walks and photo workshops in Northwest Michigan for the past three years. Workshops have included Ansel Adams Black and White Winter Sculpture, Sunset & Evening Photography, Classic Car Photography, and Wild Flower & Nature Photography. Previous to that Chris was a summer instructor at the Ansel Adams Gallery in Yosemite California and is a former student of Ansel Adams.
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.