Lake Michigan Carferry Extends Sailing
The Lake Michigan Carferry Service, operators of the S.S. Badger between Ludington, Michigan and Manitowoc, Wisconsin, has announced it will extend its 2000 sailing season.
On May 12, the 410 foot, 4,200-ton steamer that carries up to 625 passengers and 180 automobiles, will depart its winter mooring for another busy sailing season. The summer season, with two round-trip cruises a day, has been extended one week. In addition, the fall schedule has been extended two weeks with daily sailings ending on October 29.
According to Thom Hawley, spokesman for Lake Michigan Carferry, survey data has indicated that car ferry passengers want a longer season.
``We've listened to our customers who have expressed their desire for an extended season and the added benefit of avoiding the hassles of driving around the Lake.'' He added, ``We've received a lot of interest in fall color tours through both states as well.''
Recognized as a spur route of the 1,100-mile Lake Michigan Circle Tour, the car ferry service links two popular Great Lakes shorelines. West Michigan boasts some of the country's most beautiful sand dunes, public beaches, resorts and camp sites, as well as some of the finest golf resorts found anywhere. To the west, travelers can discover the shores of excitement, including the popular Wisconsin Dells, the genuine American city of Milwaukee, and scenic Door County.
Aboard the Badger, passengers can enjoy many of the amenities of a large cruise ship with free family movies, shopping in the Badger Boatique, live entertainment, free Badger Bingo, or plenty of comfortable deck chairs to enjoy a good book. A variety of meal choices are available including buffet- style service in the Upper Deck Cafe or deli sandwiches and snacks from the Badger Galley on the main deck. Beverages are served from the Port Side Bar.
By itself the four-hour cruise is a splendid, affordable way to experience the majesty of the Great Lakes. And for many, the cross-lake service will eliminate valuable hours of drive time and traffic congestion, making weekend getaways possible. A discounted S.S. Badger mini-cruise, along with a variety of vacation packages that include one-way or round-trip fare are also available.
Passengers can also enjoy the convenience of spending a night in a stateroom aboard the Badger. The ``Badger Boatel,'' available during the spring and fall seasons, is offered in concert with several vacation packages for a small added cost and passengers should call for availability.
There are daily departures from Ludington each morning and Manitowoc each afternoon, May 12 through October 29. Additional daily sailings run June 15 to September 2, leaving Ludington each evening and returning overnight from Manitowoc.
For package, schedule, and reservation information, call 800-841-4243 or visit the Lake Michigan Carferry web site at www.ssbadger.com.