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Apostle Islands Cruise Service

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Address: City Dock, Bayfield, WI 54814
Phone Number: 800 323-7619
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Good afternoon activity

My parents and I went on this cruise on a Thursday and we bought our tickets same day. The girl told us typically that doesn't work and they recommend booking a day before but... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
JonesFamilyDTJ
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Stockton, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We took the evening cruise and saw all the islands. It was windy but cruise was not very rough. Captain was very knowledgeable and communicate very well. If you want sit up top you need to get there 1 hour before sailing.

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mpls
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47 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We took the Grand Island cruise, which is a 3.5hr cruise. It began at 10am and we were back bu 1:30. The boat has a top deck that fits 37 people only, so arrive a little bit early as it is first come first serve for seating. The rest of seating is inside, with a small concession stand. The day... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Loved the educational information we recieved about the Apostle Islands on the Grand Tour. I was wondering if we would be able to hear the captian sitting on the upper deck, but we heard him just fine. The captian also appeared to really be interested in what he was telling us and did not act like it was "just a... More 

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Rhinelander, Wisconsin
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Seeing the Apostle Islands was on my bucket list (no I'm not dying but my husband and I live like we are). The Grand Tour far exceeded my expectations as well as my husbands. The captain was very knowledgeable about history, area and the islands. I would highly recommend this tour if you love nature and the beauty it has... More 

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Thank 90519jean
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19 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

My parents and I went on this cruise on a Thursday and we bought our tickets same day. The girl told us typically that doesn't work and they recommend booking a day before but because it was a Thursday, the tour wasn't full yet so we were able to get on. While I do think the $40 per person cost... More 

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Grafton, Wisconsin
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41 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

The captain of the boat, Frosty, has lived in the area and has personally set foot on every single island in the Apostle Island chain. He is so knowledgeable. The boat we were on was glass bottomed and we were able to see the wrecks, although the deeper wreck was a little difficulty because of the water conditions. What an... More 

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Cascade, Wisconsin
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4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Because of the flooding our cruise was not going to go as planned. Blaming no one for that, the cruise line offered a refund and warned us in advance prior to the cruise taking off that we were going to be unable to see through the water but they would give a full refund for the families that decided they... More 

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Texas
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341 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

There are several different cruises offered by this company, the official concessionaire of the National Park Service. We did want to get out to the Islands, but did not want to set for almost four hours with a narrated cruise. Plus, we wanted to set foot on at least one island, not see them from the boat. We chose the... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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94 reviews
40 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We booked a grand tour. There were two boats and we went on the newer of the two. We did get seats on the top where you had the best views. We were surprised we did since there was quite a line waiting to board the boats 30 minutes before departure. The captain's narration was good as he gave an... More 

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Waupun, Wisconsin
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46 reviews
29 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This ride is beautiful. Even today when the waves were very choppy, the Captain did an awesome job navigating us safely! I highly recommend this tour!

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