$9.50 for a Historical and Trivia Cruise or Sunset Happy-Hour Cruise from Milwaukee Boat Line ($19 Value)

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Boat captains must master nautical lexicon before sailing the seas to ensure that they can distinguish port, which means left, from starboard, which means launch the vessel into deep space. Count down to a sea launch with this Groupon.

$9.50 for a Historical & Trivia Cruise or Sunset Happy-Hour Cruise ($19 Value)

  • One adult cruise ticket (a $15 value)
  • One soft drink, wine, domestic beer or rail cocktail (up to a $4 value)

During 90-minute sightseeing tours, Historic Milwaukee trained docents divulge tales of city history as double-decker boats explore the lakeshore and harbors and the Milwaukee, Menomonee, and Kinnickinnic Rivers. They point out riverside landmarks such as the Milwaukee Art Museum, lighthouses, and the riverbank where Brewers players are often seen skipping baseballs. Happy-hour cruises follow the same route, but let passengers bask under the setting sun as they listen to reggae and island music while sipping soft drinks or cocktails.

Milwaukee Boat Line

Passengers on the Iroquois, Vista King, and Voyageur cruise ships have passed under century-old raising bridges and laid eyes on history-rich chunks of Milwaukee skyline. However, they've also sat under squadrons of F-18s performing barrel rolls over Lake Michigan. Licensed by the U.S. Coast Guard to perform tours and charters on the lake, Jake Chianelli and his captains offer their passengers a unique perspective on the city's waterside events. They also partner with the nonprofit organization Historic Milwaukee by using their trained docents to lead history tours, which include facts and anecdotes from the arrival of the first fur traders up to modern day.

With kitchen facilities and a full bar on board, each of the three double-decked ships are equipped for tours as well as a range of corporate events, wedding-rehearsal dinners, and Moby Dick-themed improv shows. Climate-controlled lower decks give passengers shelter in all weather, and open upper decks house a stage space where local indie-rock bands play during a summer concert series.


Reviews

The tour guide was very knowledgeable about the various buildings along the way.

Tooshortgirl, TripAdvisor, 7/29/12

Beautiful boats, friendly staff, decent bar, and excellent views!

ckopczyk, TripAdvisor, 2/10/13

Tips from Groupon Customers

  • “Really great trip!!! Friendly people ;)”

  • “Have your best camera ready. What a WONDERFUL trip to take in Autumn!”

  • “Had a great time seeing the harbor and enjoying a cocktail.”

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    Milwaukee

    101 W Michigan St.

    Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53203

    414-294-9450

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In a Nutshell

Ninety-minute tours feature docents divulging city history & key landmarks or house passengers sipping drinks & listening to island tunes.

The Fine Print

Expires Sep 30th, 2013. Limit 1 per person, may buy 5 additional as gifts. Reservation strongly recommended; subject to availability. Must be 21 or older with valid I.D. to receive alcohol. Operates in all weather. Tax not included. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

After-work activities, from bites and brews to bowling and bottle service