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“Scenic cruise on Lake Superior”

Apostle Islands Cruise Service
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 14 June 2014

My wife and I took the Grand Tour in late May on our first trip to the Lake Superior region. After reading many reviews about how you only see trees on the tour, we decided to take the boat ride anyway, since we had never been to the Apostle Islands or Lake Superior before. I can say that the majority of the islands do look the same, but it was still a very enjoyable cruise.
We arrived early like all the reviews said to do, and there were only a handful of people, although the boat did fill up before it left the dock. Although a lot of the reviews said that everyone ran up to the top of the boat, most people changed locations throughout the tour, primarily because it grew so cold outside.
Most of the people were very friendly, so it made the wait enjoyable on a cool morning. The boat left on time and the crew were very funny and informative. Captain Sherman was hysterical with a down-to-Earth personality, passionate voice, and an interesting man. He alone made the tour worth while, but just being on the Lake was fun, especially for a couple that had never been to this part of the country before.
Captain Sherman had stories of most every island, and when there were boats visible, knew what kind of boats they were and what those people would be doing. He not only told of the history of the islands, but many personal experiences which made the tour much more enjoyable than just a boring history lesson.
The Lake grew colder and colder the further out we went, and it was very obvious that we were from Florida, but it was all part of the experience, especially to see so much ice out on the Lake in late May! It did take about two hours to reach Devil's Island, but it was worth it, even seeing a bald eagle glide over the lake.
Because the water was so calm, Capt. Sherman maneuvered the boat right up to the sea caves to get an even closer look. We saw the lighthouse on Raspberry Island as well, before heading back to the warmer temperature of Bayfield.
The cruise was enjoyable because of the crew, the beauty of the Apostle Islands and Lake Superior, and the cold temperatures during late May.

4  Thank Matthew S
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Reviewed 11 June 2014

We took the Grand Tour of the Apostle Islands. It was a wonderful cruise of the islands and the Captain was awesome. Very knowledgable of the islands took the boat right up to the sea caves. Wonderful views of the caves! I highly recommend taking this cruise which left at 10:00 am. It's a 3 1/2 hour ride around the islands. Pick a sunny day for the true beauty of these islands.

2  Thank Kim K
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Reviewed 5 June 2014

A little over 3 hours. We had a great captain and crew. They were funny and knowledgeable. Bring a coat, maybe even a blanket, and binoculars. The sea caves were great to see. Our captain had stories of nearly every island. Expert maneuvering around the cliffs, we were able to get some spectacular photos. Our downstairs boat provided yummy hot chocolate, coffee and snack service for a very nominal fee. Then we played trivia games for snack prizes. Very worth the price of admission your first time around!

3  Thank Theesfield
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Reviewed 23 October 2013 via mobile

Although the crew was good this was extremely boring for over 3 hours. Besides Devils island(farthest 1out) and its sea caves and lighthouse there wasn't much to see. I would rather have done the Pictured Rocks again.

2  Thank seescokid
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Reviewed 4 October 2013

Great 3+ hour guided boat tour of 22 islands. End of Sept. is a bit early for Fall color tour. Informative and comfortable. Bring Jacket. Safe, fun, decent priced trip. A little redundant on way back. One aggravation was we waited in line on pier for an hour to board (no benches if handicapped), then a tour bus arrived 5 minutes till leaving and these people got to board boat right in front of all of us who were waiting. Plenty of unhappy murmuring in line. Otherwise a great worthwhile trip for young and old. (Young may get bored).

3  Thank Frank S
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