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“efficient ferry off island”

Shepler's Mackinac Island Ferry
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$15.00*
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Lumberjack Show Tickets
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Owner description: Shepler's offers 5 different Lighthouse Cruises through the Straits of Mackinac. Each cruise is narrated by the Great Lakes Lighthouse Keepers Association. A portion of the proceeds from each cruise go to help with upkeep and restoration of area lighthouses. See the full schedule and buy tickets online.
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Lockers / storage, Food available for purchase, Wheelchair access
Reviewed July 14, 2013

Ran on time, personable crew, efficient. Sailed to the island with friends, took the ferry off to get back to our car. How 'on time' were there? Scheduled to leave at 1pm and we were underway at 12:50---they had told us to be there a half hour ahead of time and they weren't kidding.
As we were underway to Mackinaw City, one crew member came through the rows of passengers, asking about our day, did we enjoy the island, etc, and truly seemed interested.
A note re one-way tickets: there's no info on the website about purchasing one-way tickets, I had to make a phone call, and learned you purchase them on the island. Can get them in advance for the specific ferry time you need.
And, they had a cart we could borrow to use to transport our bags from the boat to the ferry pier. How many places do that? 'Sure, here's a cart, take it off premises but just bring it back....'
We also needed to use the Mackinaw Shuttle service, and they were right there as the ferry docked, to take us to the airport nearby to get our car. The ferry and this shuttle service run like a Swiss clock, they have it 'down' !

Date of experience: July 2013
Thank 5Martini5
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Reviewed July 12, 2013

Free parking (single-day only), coffee, clean restrooms, electronics charging station in a comfortable waiting room; all before you even get aboard the ferry. They had the most ferries running (about every 1/2 hour). The trip was quick and comfortable. The staff was friendly and professional. We got on in St. Ignace. The signs were very clear and the staff very helpful.

Date of experience: July 2013
Thank Erin B
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Reviewed July 12, 2013

We purchased our round trip the night before our trip to the island. The lady was very helpful, and gave us discount even though we did not have any coupons.
The boats were fast. We sat on the top deck and watched the straights and bridge.
Kids loved it.

Date of experience: July 2013
Thank Max R
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Reviewed July 11, 2013

Quick ride to the island right from downtown Mackinac City. Like being able to walk around the city and then catch the ferry. Great to sit on the top deck, view the bridge, and take pictures as you head to the Island. Get your tickets online and like them on Facebook to get discounts.

Date of experience: July 2013
Thank Bill B
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Reviewed July 11, 2013

Our first trip out to the island. We chose Shepler's because they have great convenient parking. You can choose daily or overnight. You are greeted at the gate by a very friendly person who guides you where to park. We bought a buy one get one package, $10, at our hotel so we saved $15. The staff and crew was very good and made it a nice trip over. If you take the early cruise they take a side trip over to the Straits Of Mackinac bridge and go underneath and stop for everyone to take pictures. It was a beautiful day so we got some great pictures. The return trip was just as nice. If you have a bike and you want to bring it they will transport it for an additional $8. Rentals on the island are around $25-$30 a day.

Date of experience: July 2013
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