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“Really fun- take the earlier sailings if you have children”

Tall Ship Manitou - Day Tours
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Owner description: Join us aboard the 114' SCHOONER MANITOU as we ply the sparkling waters of Grand Traverse Bay. Sailing out of Traverse City, MI, Manitou offers three two hour sails per day as well as an adventurous "Floating Bed and Breakfast" package.
Reviewed September 3, 2011

The Manitou was a great experience- the crew is terrific and really knowledgable and everyone loved the trip. My only advice to add to the other reviews is that the evening cruise (6:30 to 8:30) really seemed to be more "adult" oriented- meaning it was pretty much a booze cruise. Our kids did not notice and we did not mind, but if you are bringing small children on the ride then you might consider one of the earlier sailings. All in all a great time, though- I really recommend it. You will be hard pressed to find more beautiful views of the bay.

2  Thank Elizabeth M
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Reviewed August 26, 2011

The whole experience was fantastic. The captain and the crew were wonderful, they made us feel at home immediately. Riding that ship under full sails is an experience we will remember forever. Thank you. Mary and Jim

1  Thank jmmkpaulson
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Reviewed August 17, 2011

On a recent trip to Traverse City we were looking for something to do and on a whim decided to sign up for an afternoon sail on the bay. None of us had been on a tall ship before and the forecast called for rain, so we weren't sure what to expect. It turned out to be a beautiful afternoon (after some morning rain) and the experience was a highlight of our week trip around Lake Michigan. The staff was excellent-- very knowledgeable, professional, and friendly. We spent 2hrs on the water and enjoyed every minute of it. Would highly recommend it for all able adults and older children. Considering going back for a longer trip.

2  Thank William S
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Reviewed August 14, 2011

This is the kind of attraction that you HAVE to do once when visiting the Travese City area. But you probably would not ever do it again. We went on a Sunday night which is the beer/pizza cruise. The beer was provided and served by Short's Brewery in Belaire, MI & it made the trip worth it! You get to sample 4 micro-brews, and they were not stingy with the beers. We each had 4-6 oz of each kind and if there was extra after everyone was served, you could have how ever much you wanted. The pizza was probably very good, but by the time it was served it was cold. Not a real problem for us, but we didn't get the real flavor of a hot out of the oven pizza.
The cruise itself was sort of uneventful. The schooner sailboat leaves the dock in Greilickville, just up the coast from Traverse City, and goes out into the bay. After turning around a couple of times to give you different views of the bay, it goes back to dock. Not very exciting. On a very calm day without the benefit of beer, this could be boring! The only fun part, if you choose to participate is that they ask for volunteers to help raise the sails. This is for adults, although they let kids hold the rope and pretend they are helping. ;-) The crew was fun college aged young adults who don't act like they are bored even though the make this same cruise every day 3 times a day.
For what the trip is, I think it's a little overpriced. We paid $50 each for the beer cruise, with regular evening cruises at $42. You don't really go anywhere or see much of anything.
Oh well, we did it once, and if we are ever in the area again, we won't be tempted to do it again. Been there, done that, as they say.

2  Thank ladylynnea
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Reviewed August 13, 2011

My wife and I had a very enjoyable Noon Sail on August 8. The crew and captain were very skilled and made the sail enjoyable! Highly recommend this activity for all who come to Traverse City.

2  Thank PietownTraveler
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