SS. Badger Lake Michigan Carferry

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In a Nutshell

Historic 410-ft. cruise ship transports guests across Lake Michigan to Manitowoc, Wisconsin, in four hours

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.

Traveling by boat lets people enjoy the freedom of open water and avoid driving through dangerous back roads that have fallen to the cow uprising. Float on by with this Groupon.

The Deal

$162 for a round-trip mini-cruise for two adults (a $325.95 total value)

  • Two adult mini-cruise tickets (a $178 value)
  • Complimentary tickets for up to four children ages 15 and younger
  • Round-trip use of a stateroom (a $98 value)
  • Two meals each way (four total, a $40 value)
  • Security fee (a $9.95 value)<p>

Two adults can enjoy the fresh lake air aboard the 410-foot steamer boat during a four-hour Lake Michigan crossing, from Ludington, Michigan, to Manitowoc, Wisconsin or vice versa. Trips are available on any date through October 13; see the full schedule. The return trip must be made within 48 hours of the departure trip. For an extra fee, guests can bring along a vehicle and return outside of the 48-hour window.<p>

"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

The Groupon made it possible for my whole family to experience the carferry, something we have wanted to do for years!
Tami M. · October 25, 2013
My four kids loved it! We can't wait to go back next season!!
Ellen T. · October 23, 2013
My wife and I had a romantic plan for a bread-and-breakfast in Manitowoc, WI. The SS Badger became our initial part of a wonderful weekend experience. The food on board was good. The state room was very nice. Our walks on deck were pleasant. Thank you to the SS Badger and crew for being a part of a great weekend adventure.
J. A. · October 9, 2013
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    Manitowoc Dock

    900 S Lakeview Dr.

    Manitowoc, WI 54220


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    701 Maritime Dr.

    Ludington, MI 49431


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