Up North Getaway: Pirate Ship Now Available for Summer Travel to Mackinac Island

Mackinaw City-based Star Line Mackinac Island Hydro-Jet Ferry has announced the addition of a pirate ship to its fleet. The Mackinac Pirate Adventure Tour with the Good Fortune will provide family-friendly excursions from Mackinaw City to Mackinac Island beginning June 19.
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the Good Fortune
The Good Fortune will be available for rides to Mackinac Island starting June 19. // Photo courtesy of Star Line Mackinac Island Hydro-Jet Ferry

Mackinaw City-based Star Line Mackinac Island Hydro-Jet Ferry has announced the addition of a pirate ship to its fleet. The Mackinac Pirate Adventure Tour with the Good Fortune will provide family-friendly excursions from Mackinaw City to Mackinac Island beginning June 19.

A high-speed hydro-jet rooster tail boat complete with water cannons for kids and a bar available on nightly cruises, the Good Fortune will make five daily trips during peak season as well as a nightly cruise under the Mackinac Bridge. The nightly cruises will begin at 6 p.m. on June 19 and move to 5 p.m. on Aug. 21, continuing through Sept. 6.

“The Good Fortune has been a popular excursion for Star Line guests who dream of being a pirate on the Great Lakes, firing a canon, or searching for hidden treasures,” says Jerry Fetty, CEO of Star Line Mackinac Island Hydro-Jet Ferry. “We knew that adding this fun, open-air trip to Mackinac Island would create an extra special memory for our guests.”

Star Line will be celebrating the start of the season with special events and giveaways online including a Pirate Festival via its website and social media accounts. Star Line has also added more ticket options such as the mackPASS, which includes a discounted roundtrip ferry ticket, a 1.5 hour narrated carriage tour, and entrance to Fort Mackinac and other attractions.

Classic ferry boats to Mackinac Island will still be available for passengers looking for a more budget conscious price.

Additionally, a new ferry tracker app available on iOS, Android, and PC download will allow passengers to track their boat arrival in real time using GPS installed on all Star Line boats. A new Tesla Super Charge Station has been added to the end of the dock in Mackinaw City. Tesla destination chargers are also available on Star Line’s St. Ignace dock.

Star Line also announced their COVID-19 pandemic protocol, which has already been in place for area residents using the Star Line ferry service. All the boats are sanitized with the Silver Bullet Tri-Jet ULV Non-Thermal fogging system, and all common areas of the boats are wiped down and sanitized. Passengers are also asked to wear masks and practice proper social distancing while on the boat.

Star Line Mackinac Island Hydro-Jet Ferry also serves customers in St. Ignace. More information about the company’s offerings is available here.

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