Please be sure to read all cruise related FAQs prior to purchasing tickets.

  1. Lighthouse cruises are narrated by members of the Great Lakes Lighthouse Keepers Association and donates 10% of all cruise profits to assist with their mission and preservation efforts.
  2. Dark Sky cruises are narrated by dark sky expert Mary Stewart Adams.
  3. Scheduled cruises may operate in inclement weather including rain or fog.  Please plan to wear layers (including a jacket and/or windbreaker), dressing for a variety of wind and sea conditions.
  4. All scheduled cruises depart from and return to our Mackinaw City dock unless otherwise noted.
  5. Guests with Lighthouse cruise paper gift certificates, are required to present their certificates at the Mackinaw City dock office in exchange for a boarding voucher.  To book a cruise using a gift certificate, please call 231-436-5023.
  6. Guests purchasing a cruise ticket are assigned a boarding number at time of purchase.  Boarding number dictates the order in which guests board.  Once boarded, guests may choose any seat they prefer.
  7. Boarding for all cruises begins 30 minutes prior to departure time.
  8. Direction and duration of all scheduled cruises is subject to change at the captain and crew’s discretion due to unforeseen circumstances such as weather.
  9. Only trained service animals are permitted on our scheduled cruises.
  10. Outside food or beverages of any kind are not permitted on Shepler’s scheduled cruises.
  11. Parking for our scheduled cruises is located in our Day Lot at 311 S. Nicolet Street in Mackinaw City.  To access the lot from I-75, use Exit 338.
  12. Please plan to arrive one (1) hour prior to the cruise departure time.
  13. Shepler’s reserves the right to cancel a cruise at any time, or return to port early due to any unforeseen circumstance such as weather or a change in sea conditions.  Should Shepler’s cancel a cruise, a full refund will be provided within one week to all ticket holders.
  14. All Night Sky Cruise and 4th of July Cruise tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable.
  15. Lighthouse Cruise tickets are refundable up to 48 hours prior to your departure date and time.