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Sunshine Charters Day Tours
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Owner description: Enjoy a short cruise around the south side of Round Lake while viewing amazing homes and boathouses on our way out to Lake Charlevoix where we pop the sails. After sailing Lake Charlevoix, take a break with a quick swim before heading back through Round Lake’s north side. Blow the horn to open the bridge as we pass the “mushroom houses,” travel through the channel into Lake Michigan and spend the rest of the trip sailing the Great Lake before returning to the dock.Help raise and trim the sails or take the wheel and feel the exhilaration of steering a 40 ft long, 24ft wide custom offshore sailing catamaran. Whether a short swim off the boat or catching a spectacular sunset, Sunshine Charters will provide a one of a kind experience. Sunshine II is a Coast Guard inspected catamaran built for blue water sailing, ensuring you a safe and smooth ride on her spacious open deck. Sunshine Charters has over 15 years of providing safe and memorable sailing around Charlevoix the Beautiful!Private charters are available for groups up to 29 passengers. We will customize a sail to meet any group’s needs and itinerary: bridal, company, family, memorial, or friends.Daily Sail Times and Fares: 11:30-1:30-$35, 3:00-5:00-$35, 7:15-Sunset $40.00 -- (Children under 12, $10.00 off) Tickets available at the “Go Sailing” kiosk, of the Charlevoix City Harbor Master’s office, near the big white catamaran. Purchase tickets 15 minutes prior to departure.What to bring: sunscreen, swimsuit, towel, camera, jacket, snacks, alcohol or otherwise (pop & water are FREE)Credit cards accepted (5% discount for cash) 15% gratuity for the crew is anticipated
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“Awful business man!!”
Reviewed June 9, 2013

Went on this cruise last year it was amazing. This year i made a reservation 3 months in advance, showed up no one was there. Had to call the owner, he sent someone else to take us out and that man refused unless we payed more money. Awful way to do business and poor communication, would not deal with them again!

Visited June 2013
1 Thank Bigtimetraveler101
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sunshinecharters, Owner at Sunshine Charters Day Tours, responded to this review, June 12, 2013
I am extremely sorry for the miscommunication. I trust any cruises in the future will be as "amazing" as the first experience. Our policy as is told to each customer before any reservation is we need 4 customers to go out sailing, or pay for the 4 customer minimum. The weather was not favorable on this day and the captain made the decison to shut the boat down after the 3-5pm charter. I made contact with the customer the next day and told them I would take them out in the evening and make up for the miscommunication they had just relayed to me. The customer was happy with our arrangements, I guaranteed a sail for the evening, and the customer thanked me for handling the issue.
Captain Joshua Mack Owner/Operator
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Flushing, Michigan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Awesome cruise!!”
Reviewed August 22, 2012

Sonia and Josh were incredible. Our cruise around Lake Charlevoix and Lake Michigan was the best. A wonderful boat and fantastic hosts. Fun and personable describe both of them. The cruise was almost 2nd in comparison to Josh and Sonia. They were full of knowledge and just fun to be with in general. Can't wait to do it again!!

Visited August 2012
1 Thank MerrySW
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Muskegon, Michigan
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47 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
“Awesome Sailing Experience”
Reviewed July 30, 2012

Our family went on the sunset cruise which takes you around Lake Charlevoix then out into Lake Michigan. The boat is beautiful. Capt. Josh and Sonya are wonderful. The price is totally reasonable ($40 per person) and they allow you to bring your own cooler with drinks and snacks. This is a must for locals and visitors alike.

Visited July 2012
1 Thank cabanna59
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed July 3, 2012

My family and I have been to charlevoix several times but this past weekend the sunshine charter was a first for us, HANDS DOWN the coolest thing we've ever done! Between the awesome "crew" my family and amazing sunset and sites the whole experience cannot be beat by anything else, if your a charlevoix resident or just visiting this cruise is an absolutely MUST!

2 Thank Alihoof11
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Best sunset cruise ever”
Reviewed June 28, 2012 via mobile

Our family of five set off for a sunset cruise with Captain Josh & crew. The sailboat was large & clean, & the crew could NOT have been friendlier! Our kids, ranging in ages from 12-4, absolutely loved helping steer the boat & hoist sails. After sailing around Lake Charlevoix for 2 hours, we motored through the draw bridge out onto Lake Michigan to watch the sun set. Spectacular! Highly, highly recommend this sailing venture. Bring blankets & your own refreshments. Just a great, entertaining, informative tour.

4 Thank Prkr5
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