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Specialty Cruises & Events

What could be better than a sail on Grand Traverse Bay on a tall ship? How about sailing on Grand Traverse Bay while enjoying the Best Scoop of Ice Cream in America? Sampling local beer and wine along with with regional cuisine? How about singing along to traditional sea chanteys with a Northern Michigan flair? All of these opportunities are available all summer long aboard the Manitou on one of our Specialty Cruises. Check out the listings below and find your new favorite activity. Make sure you book early, however – The specialty sails tend to fill up fast!

Manitou Specialty Cruises

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Microbrew Tasting

Join us on Sunday evenings (mid-June through Labor Day) for a hosted tasting of superb local beers from Short’s Brewing Company, paired with fresh, hot pizza.

$55 per person.

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Guided History Cruise

Step into “the age of sail” aboard this majestic replica of an 1800’s coasting cargo schooner. Our knowledgeable narrator from the Traverse City History Center will guide us through the fascinating bygone days of this bustling northern Michigan hub and the surrounding region.  This sail is offered on the Monday Noon Sail in July and August.

$42 per adult, $22 per child

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Entertainment Nights

Wednesday evenings in July and August are our entertainment nights, featuring the popular music group “Song of the Lakes” playing lively jigs, chanteys and ballads of sailing and life on the sea!

View video of the band performing aboard Manitou:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s9mYNrAQQDQ

$60 per adult, $41 per child.

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Moomers Ice Cream Sails!

Now available 7 days a week! Join us afternoons (3-5 sail) and bring the whole family out for a glorious sail on the bay and the best ice cream in Northern Michigan…Moomers! VOTED #1 SCOOP OF ICE CREAM IN AMERICA ON “GOOD MORNING AMERICA!” We’ll sample a couple flavors, and have a great time out on the water.

$42 per adult, $22 per child.

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Wine Tasting Cruises

Sample a medley of local wines and enjoy specially catered Mediterranean cuisine from Silver Swan Homemade Foods as we ply the sparkling waters of Grand Traverse Bay. Tuesday nights feature Leelanau Cellars, while Thursdays we will taste the offerings of Left Foot Charley. (Please call for specific dates)

$60 per person.

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Scout Specialty Cruises

To make a reservation please call 800-678-0383

Power Island Package365

(6-7 hrs.)

Enjoy a spectacular sail to Power Island, where you may go ashore to enjoy hiking, picnicking, sunbathing, rock hunting and swimming. A relaxing sail back to “civilization” completes this memorable experience. This option is an ideal family adventure!

$725

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Wine & Water Package:  Available Sunday through Friday

Traverse Tall Ship Company and Traverse City Tours have partnered to make these memorable packages available for340 you.

NEW-FLEET1-300x182Four hour wine tour on Leelanau Peninsula beginning at 2 p.m., with a pick up at CenterPointe Marina (home of Sailing Yacht Scout) in Greilickvile, just two miles north of downtown Traverse City.  Following your wine tour we return to the marina for an evening sail from 6 – 9 p.m.  This package is available May 25 through October 19, 2014.

2 guests  $520
4 guests  $570
6 guests  $620

Add on an overnight bed and breakfast package aboard Scout for an additional $250 (maximum 4 guests overnight)

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Fireworks Viewing

July 04/7:00-11:30 pm – Celebrate our nation’s birth with a relaxing sunset sail aboard the Sailing Yacht Scout, followed by a festive fireworks display.  We will cruise the bay until sunset. We’ll then anchor in a prime fireworks viewing location and enjoy the show! 

$700

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Cherry Festival Air Show

July 5/12:00-5:00 pm – Enjoy the best seats in the house for this spectacular event, featuring the BLUE ANGELS!  Kick back with lunch and drinks as we watch the air show from our anchorage in the bay.  Afterwards we hoist anchor and set sail for a relaxing cruise.

$700

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Cherry Festival Air Show

July 6/12:00-5:00 pm – Enjoy the best seats in the house for this spectacular event, featuring the BLUE ANGELS!  Kick back with lunch and drinks as we watch the air show from our anchorage in the bay.  Afterwards we hoist anchor and set sail for a relaxing cruise.

$700

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Fireworks Viewing

July 12/7:00-11:30 pm – Sunset Sail and Fireworks Viewing. This display marks the end of the National Cherry Festival! Scout will cruise the bay until sunset. We’ll then anchor in a prime fireworks viewing location and enjoy the show!

$700

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