We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“Missing commentary?”
Review of Ride The Fireboat

Ride The Fireboat
Ranked #2 of 16 Tours in Sturgeon Bay
Certificate of Excellence
More attraction details
Attraction details
Owner description: Originally designed as a City of Chicago Fireboat, the “Fred A. Busse” was built in Bay City, Michigan in 1937 and is similar to two other fire fighting vessels, the Victor Schlaeger and the Joseph Medill, constructed in Sturgeon Bay shortly after World War II. It served the Chicago Fire Department for many years and now houses a small museum dedicated to Chicago’s firefighting efforts.
Reviewed August 1, 2013

We had a lovely day for a cruise. The staff was friendly, but we were with a group and we all felt as though we went through the channel, to Lake Michigan and back, the sound system was not up to speed. At one time someone came through and said "is that better?" so we did learn about one lighthouse. We were really expecting to have someone talk throughout much (not all) of the trip. They could also change the music that they played. This was far clearer than the narration.
My advise is that if you don't hear narration, say something right away, maybe they can increase the volume...
Also, ditch the dancing firehouse dog...a lot a people don't like to be approached and hugged without an invitation...the two or three kids on the cruise liked it, but there were lots of people who could have done without it.

2  Thank M T D
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a Review
Reviews (80)
There are newer reviews for Ride The Fireboat
See the most recent reviews
Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
Language

72 - 76 of 80 reviews

Reviewed July 30, 2013

Hopped on the sunset cruise last night and what a great time. The crew was friendly and always there with a drink when you were empty. Sunset was amazing as usual. I would reccomend this highly for tourists and locals alike. Its a great way to start a night out with friends or end a perfect Door County day with your family.

Thank Helby99
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed July 12, 2013

We were on the morning ride. It was a pleasant and informative ride. It was an excellent value for the money.

1  Thank ML1702
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed July 11, 2013

Just the right amount of time (2 hours) to go out and see Sturgeon Bay from the water. It's an old fireboat from Chicago built in the 30's. Kids would love it. The service by the crew is wonderful. Very informative.

1  Thank AZTraveler6504
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed July 8, 2013

We had a lovely time with our family on the Fireboat Sunset Cruise. Since the Sturgeon Bay Odyssey sunset cruises ceased operation last year, I believe the Fireboat is successfully filling that void. The staff was very friendly and checked with us multiple times that everything was going well. There are drinks and snacks available on board. The trip is about 90 min long, and the views of the sunset were breathtaking. I'd recommend this to anyone visiting Sturgeon Bay that wants a lovely trip on the water. My only request would be that they upgrade the music, it reminded me of the music on the booze cruises in Mexico and this is not quite the same atmosphere (in a good way!).

Thank travel_junkie3000
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Travelers who viewed Ride The Fireboat also viewed

Sturgeon Bay, Door County
Sturgeon Bay, Door County
 
Sturgeon Bay, Door County
 

Been to Ride The Fireboat? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing