The PRINCESS of LUDINGTON was built in 1973 in Bay City, MICHIGAN and was named the ISLAND PRINCESS. It is a sixty-five-foot all-aluminum passenger vessel licensed by the USCG to carry 150 passengers. It has a rich history carrying passengers to MACKINAC ISLAND and to the APOSTLE ISLANDs along the NATIONAL SHORELINE on LAKE SUPERIOR. It was brought to LUDINGTON MICHIGAN in MAY 2020 where It will continue to carry passengers OFFSHORE in LAKE MICHIGAN.
In addition to a ship’s galley, for snacks and beverages, a liquor license permits the selling of domestic and local brewed craft beer, wine, and mixed drinks.
PUBLIC tours are open for anyone to book online or just show up 15 minutes early and pay at the boat with credit card, check, or cash. Come alone, bring your best mates, or rally the whole crew and experience Ludington’s lakeshore from a whole new angle. The Princess will schedule a PUBLIC tour anytime we can book a minimum of 10 adults.
To enjoy a new level of entertainment, choose your own date and time for a PRIVATE cruise or event. This is a great option for reunions, other events, or employee appreciation activities. It is a great opportunity for those who want a more PRIVATE experience aboard the Princess of Ludington.
It is a venue on a great inland sea with the services you need for any occasion. The Princess of Ludington is a unique and ideal venue for all sized groups up to seventy-five people which is only half of the number approved by the USCG.
The main enclosed deck has custom counters crafted by the Amish that line the spacious interior. It is completely surrounded by large windows for unlimited viewing and plenty of fresh air. The lower deck was designed by an interior decorator to accommodate passenger comfort. There is open space on the stern that can be used for catering, food display, or other activities.
In the bow of the main deck is the ship’s galley with two spacious restrooms. It also has a one-of-a-kind Amish crafted table with the Princess logo and images embedded in the top. It displays the Great Lakes and the many sites that were viewed on recent cruises.
The open-air upper deck is accessible by stairs and contains bench seating for thirty-seven guests in rows from midship to stern, as well as plenty of room to walk around the entire ship to snap pictures or to take in the spectacular scenic view. There is a private viewing area on the bow of the Princess for sightseeing or photo shots.
Our first cruise on the Princess was a private family gathering celebrating anniversaries, birthdays, and reunions all at the same time. Catering was arranged and we were told it was a spectacular event enjoyed by all. Private cruises have been very popular. We’re getting requests for booking events into 2022.
Ludington Harbor Tours is scheduled to run three public tours in the 2021 season.
Tour #1 is a sunset cruise
Tour #2 is a day cruise that includes the Pere Marquette Lake, an offshore cruise to the south toward the Pump Storage Project, or an offshore cruise to the north toward the Ludington State Park. The winds and wave conditions will determine our direction.
Tour #3 is a sunset cruise to the Big Point Sable Lighthouse.
In addition to the three public tours, Ludington Harbor Tours schedules Private events for any occasion. You can select your own date and time and our event coordinator will work with you to ensure its success.
The Princess has assembled a trustworthy crew who will have your comfort, health, and safety in mind. It has four Captains. They are Captain Dale Fitch, Captain Jon Meyer, Captain Tony Lambert, and Captain Adam Lamb.
Our Social Director for the Princess is Shelly Anderson. She is a teacher in the Ludington School District. She has been the voice for presenting awards and announcing winners at the annual Ludington Offshore Classic Fishing Tournament. Shelly coordinates our trips from FAIRHARBOR, our online bookings service and is there to greet passengers during boarding. She manages our Facebook presence and monitors our website. She is the voice of the Princess who will be heard making announcements, giving life to historical sites, recognizing birthdays and other significant events for the guests on-board. Shelly is full of enthusiasm and you will enjoy her spirit.
Our event coordinator is Marie Fay. She works on a visitor’s Guide to Ludington. She was the reason for our first ever free Halloween cruise for the children in Mason county. It got rave reviews and Marie is already planning this year’s event. Marie will be kept busy assisting Shelly promoting social media and giving The Princess much needed exposure. As our event coordinator she will reach out to individuals, businesses, and corporations to schedule events to meet their needs.
Our deckhand is Larry Hathaway. He is responsible for the dock lines when departing and returning to dock. Larry does what it takes to ensure a clean, sanitized, and well-maintained vessel. He has been trained in Life Saving and is a knowledgeable seaman who will respond quickly to any concerns regarding safety. He has a wealth of experience on commercial net boats. He will be very visible and available underway.
The Princess has a food Director who is available for consultation or catering. Her name is Camille Shepler. She has sixteen years’ experience as head chef on a large passenger vessel. Camille is available for free food advice to any guest aboard the Princess. She is also a certified wedding officiant who can legally perform a marriage ceremony. She does them free of charge and any donations are given to COVE, a local women’s shelter. A wedding officiant is licensed to perform civil ceremonies. They are officers of the court such as a justice of the peace.
Ludington Harbor Tours has arranged for security, bar tenders, servers, photographers, ships carpenters, maintenance help and mechanics when their service is needed.
In the fall season the plan is to run some color cruises as soon as the leaves start turning. It promises to introduce some offshore scenery seldom seen by the public.