The SS Badger sails daily mid-May to mid-October between Ludington, Michigan, and Manitowoc, Wisconsin. And it saves some pretty harrowing driving around Lake Michigan through Chicago.
The Badger’s “Cruise and Learn” series as they sail includes experts with daily presentations about Great Lakes ships and shipwrecks, lighthouses, Lake Michigan fishery and ecosystems, tourism attractions and more. There are also presentations by the captain and officers about what it’s like to pilot and live aboard a piece of maritime history — the only passenger steamship on the Great Lakes.
The relaxing four-hour crossing has many special amenities. The SS Badger can accommodate 620 passengers and 180 vehicles (RVs, group tour coaches, motor homes and commercial trucks). Contact 888-CAR-SHIP (227-7447), www.ssbadger.com.