Visitors say taking an Apostle Islands Cruises is the best way to experience the unique beauty that awaits you on the Apostle Island National Lakeshore. Enjoy a variety of guided boat tours filled with rich history while experiencing amazing views accessible by water. We’ve curated testimonials that showcase why a boat tour is worth it when visiting the archipelago. Here are 10 Apostle Islands Cruises reviews:


We rarely award five stars! The food, place or event must be. In our opinion, truly world-class to deserve such an honor.

On the way out, the journey with the Apostle Island Cruise service was good to very good. But when we reached the sea caves and the lighthouse it certainly earned that coveted firth star.

For a relaxing and peaceful break with great scenery, this is a trip to take. To see absolutely stunning scenes that can be seen only here, this is the MUST SEE trip

We HIGHLY recommend the Apostle Island Cruise Service of Bayfield, WI,

wijram from St. George, UT

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️, May 2024 TripAdvisor Review

Add this to your bucket list

We almost did not go on this tour. We were limited in time and focusing on area National Parks of Isle Royale and Voyageurs and then headed to Picture Rocks. However, I kept it as a possibility if we found the extra time to work it in. It became my favorite of all of the things we saw! It was gorgeous!! The tour guide was wonderful with great information and plenty of down time too. We loved this tour.

Lori K

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Did the Grand Tour at 10am. It was absolutely AMAZING! We had amazing weather. The captain gave a great tour and commentary. I learned so much about the islands and got to see Bald Eagles and great nature. HIGHLY RECOMMEND!

Amalia J

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Great family day out, awesome staff

Our captain Randy was great! He knew a lot and was very entertaining. We were on the Grand tour of the islands and even though we thought we were not making it to devils islands due to the waves, he got us out there. I would def recommend this tour, my young kids loved it and it was a great time with my family from out of state. Thank you!

Tamsin M

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️, August 2023 TripAdvisor Review

“Highly recommend the apostle island tour!”

Randy did a fantastic job!! We learned so much from him about all the islands and he made sure to include some funny jokes. Highly recommend the apostle island tour!


⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️, June 2024 Google Review

“Well worth the money.”

We really enjoyed our 3 hour boat tour of the island. The boat has both an upper outdoor and lower indoor deck. The captain narrates during the ride to provide history of the islands. The boat did get close to two of the light houses and some of the caves. Well worth the money.

Mike Abrams

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“Highly recommended if you’re interested in Lake Superior history.”

Great tour of the Apostle Islands in Lake Superior. Captain Randy was fun, friendly, and informative in his narration. Highly recommended if you’re interested in Lake Superior history.

Joe Hereth

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️, May 2023 Google Review

Lovely way to see the Apostle Islands!

Lucked out and just caught the 1:15 tour on a bit of a spontaneous day. Had a great time. This is a wonderful way to see lots of the islands. They take you to all the highlights: the sea caves, the lighthouses, the fish camps. We also saw multiple bald eagles and even eaglets in a nest! It was a very calm day on Superior with the sun out so a joy to be out on a boat. Take a sweatshirt as the breeze can get very cool! There is also the option to be inside. The captian was very informative and we all learned something! Definitely don’t miss this if in Bayfield.

Ripley from Waukesha, WI

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️, June 2023 TripAdvisor Review

Amazing, Gorgeous, Pristine

Capt Gordy was our man. He made the trip interesting with loads of local history! We went on the 4:30 cruise that was approx 2:45 minutes! Scenery is gorgeous. We are from Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore and I would compare the Island tour to Grand Islands East Channel! We were able to view Minnesota, Wisconsion and the UP Michigan all at the same time. Super cool! Elliot was our deck hand and is a starving college kid so please be sure to top him well! ❤️ Highly recommend this trip to anyone! It is a once in a lifetime experience!

Holly from Munising, MI

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Great way to spend 3 hours.

Took the cruise in late June in near perfect weather so we were able to fully enjoy the sea caves and lighthouse cruise on the catamaran. The captain provided a lot of narration that was informative and fun. Lots of Dad-worthy jokes. The scenery was beautiful and it was nice to learn about the various islands as we passed by. Saw two lighthouses and the captain was good to turn the boat around so people on both sides could get good views and picture. The sea caves were fascinating to see.

GoldyGopherGuy from Plymouth, MN

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️, June 2021 TripAdvisor Review

“tons of different bird species”

It was raining the day we did this. The boat was full!! The crew was amazing and accommodating to my daughter and I. We got to see a bald eagles nest, some beautiful cave formations, tons of different bird species and the islands. Very cool!!! Highly recommend this!


⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️, May 2024 Google Review

Best boat ride ever!

I had such a wonderful cruise today! The weather was perfect, the boat was fast and thrilling… the water was spraying up and into the open window. I was laughing out of the sheer joy of it all. The crew were incredible, the captain narrated so knowledgeably and humorously. He would circle and approach the beautiful formations from both sides so the passengers had an equally great experience. It was truly the very best cruise I have ever had and I definitely would go again and highly recommend others to go!!

Robynxna from Farmington, MN

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️, August 2022 TripAdvisor Review

Best way to see Apostle Islands

How to avoid mosquitos and ticks while enjoying Apostle Islands National Lakeshore? Take this cruise! The crew was friendly and the captain’s skill and narrative a perfect guide. We were up close and personal with beautiful scenery, nesting eagles and historic logging camps, lighthouses and buildings. The catamaran was sooth, with plenty of space to move around, stretching legs and avoiding chilly winds. The trip allowed plenty of time for photos and the captain often reversed so both sides had opportunities to see things closely. Don’t forget binoculars.


⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️, May 2023 TripAdvisor Review

Apostle Island Cruises offers a variety of cruises to fit all schedules. For those seeking exploration or exhilarating encounters, our meticulously crafted tours promise an unforgettable experience through the rugged beauty of Apostle Islands. Book yours today!