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Shepler's Lighthouse Cruises

556 E Central Ave, Mackinaw City, MI 49701-9695
+1 231-436-5023
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After reading TA reviews decided to book Sheplers for 5 hr Lighthouse Cruise. We set off at 1:30... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
EarleneBrad
via mobile
Enjoyable cruise

Amazing just how vast Lake Huron is and this cruise leaves no doubt as to why these light houses... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Gary C
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Benton, Kentucky
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Sail the Straits of Mackinac! Sixteen historic lighthouses lie within easy cruising distance of Mackinaw City. Travel in comfort and safety on Shepler's spacious vessels during these fascinating tours. For close to three centuries, the Straits of Mackinac has been a vital nautical thoroughfare, providing passage between Lakes Huron and Michigan. But traveling its famed blue waters has not come without risk. Over the many decades, lighthouses were built to protect mariners from dangerous shoals and reefs. Each has a story to tell. Shepler's exclusive Lighthouse Cruises are voyages of discovery. Guests are treated to awe-inspiring views and the fascinating history surrounding these Great Lakes guardians.
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  • Very good7%
  • Average4%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible1%
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“hour tour” (5 reviews)
“great cruise” (3 reviews)
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556 E Central Ave, Mackinaw City, MI 49701-9695
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+1 231-436-5023

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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

After reading TA reviews decided to book Sheplers for 5 hr Lighthouse Cruise. We set off at 1:30 for cruise and were immediately given box lunches that included turkey or ham sandwich, chips, cookie, apple and bottle of water. The narrator for the cruise was...More

Thank EarleneBrad
Ami W, Guest Relations Manager at Shepler's Lighthouse Cruises, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Hello EarleneBrad and thank you so much for choosing one of our lighthouses cruises! We're thrilled to hear you enjoyed and we thank you for the glowing five stars. Also we want to thank you for your suggestion about trash collection. This is an excellent...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

Amazing just how vast Lake Huron is and this cruise leaves no doubt as to why these light houses are so critical to safe navigation. Guides were very knowledgeable of each light house, the weather and its effects on water levels and the area in...More

Thank Gary C
Ami W, Guest Relations Manager at Shepler's Lighthouse Cruises, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Greetings Gary and happy to hear that you enjoyed! We appreciate the wonderful five stars and we hope to see you again real soon. Thanks for choosing Shepler's!

Reviewed 1 week ago

We lucked out and had a picture perfect day for this cruise. The water was unnaturally calm, the day was sunny and clear and it was worth every penny to be on the upper deck of the boat to take photographs of the lighthouses. For...More

Thank Kanda F
Ami W, Guest Relations Manager at Shepler's Lighthouse Cruises, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Greetings Kanda and thank you so much for posting! Sounds like you did in fact have the perfect day! Happy to hear you enjoyed and we look forward to seeing you again next summer!

Reviewed 10 August 2017 via mobile

This trip was great. The narrator shared a lot of historic information about the lighthouses as well as the greatlakes. He answered all question people asked. The ship would circle around the light house twice so each side of the boat would get a good...More

Thank mdman79
Ami W, Guest Relations Manager at Shepler's Lighthouse Cruises, responded to this reviewResponded 12 August 2017

Greetings and thank you so much for riding with us for one of our lighthouse cruises. We're thrilled to hear you enjoyed and we thank you for offering such a stellar five star review. We apologize for any disappointment with Cheboygan and hope you were...More

Reviewed 3 August 2017

Taking this 4-hour Extended Lighthouse tour was one of the highlights of our trip to the area. The tour took us to see 7 lighthouses, several which are not on land but on cribs in the water built to warn passing ships of shallow shoals....More

1  Thank Ohio Traveller
Ami W, Guest Relations Manager at Shepler's Lighthouse Cruises, responded to this reviewResponded 7 August 2017

Hello and on behalf of our entire team here at Shepler's as well as the Great Lakes Lighthouse Keepers Association, we THANK YOU not only for cruising with us, but for posting about your experience. We're thrilled to hear you enjoyed and we hope to...More

Reviewed 1 August 2017

the cruise was just great we had Joe as an tour guide he was awesome very informed we had a three hr tour

Thank loiska2002
Ami W, Guest Relations Manager at Shepler's Lighthouse Cruises, responded to this reviewResponded 7 August 2017

Hello Lois and thank you so much for taking the time to post about your cruise. We appreciate the lovely five stars and we hope to see you again very soon.

Reviewed 29 July 2017

I distinctly got the feeling this company had so many customers that they couldn't care less about any of them. For starters, upon arrival at the dock we were told that we would have to drive very far away to park and ride a shuttle...More

2  Thank HUSKERTRAVELER
Ami W, Guest Relations Manager at Shepler's Lighthouse Cruises, responded to this reviewResponded 1 August 2017

Hello and let us begin by offering a very sincere apology for the issues you experienced while visiting for one of our lighthouse cruises. Our motto "every guest, every day" is the foundation of our entire operation and it sounds as if we certainly fell...More

Reviewed 10 July 2017

We took the 4-hour extended eastern lighthouse tour. Long time on the water but the boat was comfortable and the crew competent. Our guide was excellent, lots of info about the straits area and the lighthouses. Some of the llights can only be seen by...More

Thank bobkaren76
Ami W, Guest Relations Manager at Shepler's Lighthouse Cruises, responded to this reviewResponded 13 July 2017

Greetings BobKaren and thank you not only for experiencing one of our cruises, but also for posting. We appreciate the wonderful five stars and your many compliments. We apologize for the delay with departures, but we're happy everyone was also to make it aboard. Thanks...More

Reviewed 21 January 2017 via mobile

Great tour with good staff who had lots of information and were very friendly, had a great time and would highly recommend.

Thank holjack
Ami W, Guest Relations Manager at Shepler's Lighthouse Cruises, responded to this reviewResponded 13 May 2017

Hello and thank you so much for taking advantage of one of our lighthouse cruises! We appreciate the feedback and we're thrilled to see the glowing five stars. Here's hoping we'll see you again soon!!

Reviewed 3 October 2016

We took the extended cruise that went under the "Mighty Mac". This is a MUST while in the area. The narrator was amazing and so knew his history of all the lighthouses. We were able to get some amazing pictures.

Thank Currier09
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Barbara C
5 September 2017|
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Response from bobkaren76 | Reviewed this property |
I seem to remember they had some snacks you could buy like pop and chips, granola bar, stuff like that but certainly no "real food" :)
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sheenagh
23 June 2016|
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Response from Bruce F | Reviewed this property |
Shepler's charges by the trip, with a round-trip ticket at $26 for adults. But it also offers multiple-day tickets that look to be a good bargain if you are going back and forth to the mainland. Almost any package you want... More
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Paulaspring
19 September 2015|
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Response from tgw51 | Reviewed this property |
The cruise I was booked on cost $49.50. On occasion, they also run a (somewhat longer) "extended" cruise that runs $61.00.
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