Experience an unforgettable narrated tour of the Great Lakes night sky aboard a Shepler’s Night Sky cruise! All aboard as we set sail under the natural beauty of the night sky. Enjoy a relaxing and educational cruise exploring the wonder and mystery in our galaxy and beyond. Our 2020 night sky cruise schedule includes ten (10) unique experiences scheduled around various events in the night sky, most timed to depart around sunset/moon rise.
All Night Sky Cruises depart and return to Mackinaw City
Each cruise features narration (unless noted otherwise) provided by night sky expert and star lore historian Mary Stewart Adams. Host of the weekly public radio segment, The Storyteller’s Night Sky, Mary was founder and program director for many years of the International Dark Sky Park at the Headlands near Mackinaw City, one of the first ten such parks in the world when it was designated in 2011. Mary has won numerous honors personally for her work, she travels extensively advocating for dark skies, and has helped protect thousands of acres of Michigan state land for its natural darkness.
We will have beverages available for sale – cash only – including beer, wine, soda and water. We are permitting outside snacks be brought on board but ask you limit it to concession stand items only (candy bar, small bag of chips or a cookie for example). We will not allow boxes of pizzas, popcorn, coolers, to-go boxes from restaurants and other items as such on board. Ultimately, it will be left to the crew’s discretion if a questionable item is allowed, taking into consideration if it may hinder the other guest’s experience.
2020 Night Sky Cruise Schedule:
Friday, July 3 – Sun & Moon Cruise
8:30 p.m.-10:00 p.m.
The Moon comes to its first Full Phase of the Summer this holiday weekend, and we’ve timed our cruise to catch it rising in the east over Lake Huron just as the Sun is setting west into Lake Michigan, with the elegant Mackinac Bridge draped between them.
WeDnesday, July 22 & Friday, July 24 – Giants in the Sky Cruise
9:00 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.
Saturday, August 1 – Cross Quarter Cruise
8:45 p.m.-10:15 p.m.
Sunday, August 2 – Full Moon Eve Cruise
8:45 p.m.-10:15 p.m.
Tues & Wed, August 11 & 12 – Meteor Shower Cruise
11:00 p.m.-1:00 a.m.
Sunday, August 30 – Wine Moon Cruise
8:00 p.m.-9:30 p.m.
Be sure to read important scheduled cruise FAQs on refunds, cancellations, dress, and more before completing your purchase.
Child (5-12): $17.00
Child Under 5: Free (ticket required; must sit on an adult’s lap)
Please note: Cruise Terms and Conditions have been updated as of June 23, 2020.