SS. Badger Lake Michigan Carferry

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In a Nutshell

Traverse Lake Michigan on the largest car ferry ever to sail on it

The Fine Print

Promotional value expires Oct 13, 2013. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person, may buy multiple as gifts. Reservation required; subject to weather and availability. Must be 16 or older. Must arrive 60 minutes before departure. Extra $12 fee for bicycle. Extra $202 fee for car passage w/unrestricted return. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

The Deal

  • $162 for a round-trip mini cruise for two from Manitowoc to Ludington, Michigan (a $325.95 value)
  • Security fee included in value
  • Four-hour cruise each way

Up to four children aged 15 and younger can ride for free with paying adults, and the ticket grants parties four meals plus use of a stateroom for napping or providing a quiet space for children. Trips are available on any date through October 13; see the full schedule. The mini cruise requires a return trip within 48 hours of the departure. For an extra fee, guests can bring a vehicle or additional passengers.

"S.S. Badger" Lake Michigan CarFerry

While the S.S. Badger has been honored as a National Historic Landmark, its beginnings were humble. First setting sail in 1953, the Badger originally carried railcars, along with a few select passengers, across scenic Lake Michigan. Now the last of the Great Lakes's coal-fired steamships, the 410-foot vessel ships cargo of a different kind, transporting guests and their vehicles across Lake Michigan with the comforts and amenities of a modern cruise ship, with ongoing efforts to improve their ship environmentally.

While the boat sails between Ludington, Michigan and Manitowoc, Wisconsin, guests amble through the open deck for views of the scenic shorelines or set up shop on deck chairs, armed with a cool drink and a Mermaid-to-English dictionary. The ship’s shaded interior entertains with movies, guests shouting at celebratory bingo, and arcade games giving off musical tones as kids set new high scores. For a more muted ride, private staterooms let guests snooze away the hours, and a quaint museum elucidates the ship’s history in hushed solitude. An in-house bar blends, shakes, and stirs ingredients into a range of refreshing cocktails, while the café showcases artfully crafted sandwiches like a deli hall of fame.

Customer Reviews

Great staff and well maintained boat.
Larry B. · October 12, 2013
It was a lot of fun. Good for all age groups. I have recommended this trip to all my friends. I hope Groupon offers this deal again in the future.
Diane H. · October 9, 2013
They make it a very enjoyable trip. Would travel again via the SS Badger and recommend it as well.
Martha E. · October 7, 2013

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