Even folks who aren’t driving vehicles are walking onboard the S.S. Badger Lake Michigan Car Ferry just to enjoy the ride. Located in Ludington, Michigan, the Badger carries passengers and vehicles from Ludington to Manitowoc, Wisconsin, and vice versa.
The relaxing four-hour, 60-mile cruise takes passengers, autos, RVs, motorcoaches, motorcycles, bicycles, and commercial trucks across Lake Michigan. But the Badger is much more than just a way to get from point A to point B.
“The S.S. Badger is a moving destination,” said John Merchant, S.S. Badger commercial sales spokesman. “What that means is, while it does serve the purpose of simple transport across Lake Michigan, her size allows passengers the freedom of movement throughout the public areas of the vessel.”
Contained within those areas are two eateries, cocktail service, free bingo, free games, an area with some maritime artifacts, movie lounge, game room and kids’ playroom. Private staterooms are available for rent and there is seating throughout both interior and exterior.
“Because of all these features, the Badger serves as transportation and destination,” Merchant said. “Just another one of several unique features that make her one of a kind.”
For passengers who just want to cruise, the S.S. Badger offers discounted “mini-cruise” rates that allow passengers to ride across Lake Michigan without a vehicle and return within 48 hours.
“This means one can simply ride over and back and enjoy a day on Lake Michigan with views few others ever get to experience while enjoying all of our onboard amenities,” Merchant said. “Or spend an evening in one of our two great port cities of Ludington or Manitowoc and return home the next day.”
The S.S. Badger also offers group rates and welcomes being added to a group travel itinerary. “Not only will the Badger be sailing between the two port cities, but she is providing entertainment, relaxation and a completely unique experience to group travelers,” Merchant said. “Truly she is ‘point A to point B’ with so much in between.”
For more information on S.S. Badger, call 800-841-4243 or go to ssbadger.com.
Article by Jackie Sheckler Finch