Apostle Island Cruises Frequently-Asked Questions & Policies

Frequently-Asked Questions & Policies List

Click the Apostle Islands Cruises frequently asked questions below to see the answers and find our policies.

Reservations, Refunds & Seating?

Reservations are highly recommended! We are anticipating a busy 2024! After purchasing tickets on our regularly-scheduled cruises you have up to 24 hours prior to departure to either transfer your tickets to another cruise or receive a full refund. If we cancel a cruise due to weather you will have the same options. All seating on all cruises is first-come, first-served.

Are there restrooms on the boats?

Yes, all boats are equipped with restrooms.

Where can I park?

Parking is available on all streets in Bayfield. Rittenhouse Avenue and Front Street provide 2 hour parking only, most side streets in downtown Bayfield offer free, daily parking.

What should/can we bring?

Typically, air temperature is about 10-15 degrees cooler out on the water. It’s always a good idea to have an extra layer of clothes.
We sell beverages on board the boat. We do allow passengers to bring their own food/beverages in a small personal cooler. Alcohol is allowed, we just ask that you behave yourselves!

How long do the cruises last?

The Grand Tour- approximately 3 hours.

Lighthouse Tours- customers are out in the islands for approximately 4 hours total. Approximately 2 hours at the Lighthouse.

Stockton Day Hiking- customers are out in the islands for approximately 4 hours total. Approximately 1.5 hours on Stockton.

Camping- based on your schedule!

Stockton Island Hiking & Michigan Island Lighthouse Tour: approximately 4.5 hours

Raspberry Island Lighthouse Tour: approximately 4 hours

*Please note that all tour routes and lengths can be modified due to weather.

Camping, Lighthouse & Shuttle questions

We will be operating the Camping and Lighthouse tours June 24th-September 2nd this season.

Do you Offer Madeline Island Ferries?

Apostle Islands does not offer ferries to Madeline Island. Visit the Madeline Island Ferry Line website for transportation between the scenic towns of Bayfield on the mainland and La Pointe on the island. 

Is the boat handicap accessible?

The Apostle Islands Cruises team works closely to assist customers with any particular needs or special requirements. The Lower Decks are handicap accessible on the Superior Princess & Archipelago.

*Please note that there are stairs to the upper deck. For inquiries to best serve special needs, please email us at [email protected] or call 1-800-323-7619 at least 24 hours in advance and we will do our best to accommodate you.

Can we bring our pets?

We do not allow any pets on board our cruises. In accordance with the ADA, service animals are allowed, however this does not include emotional support animals or therapy animals.

Do you accept credit cards?

We accept MasterCard, Visa, and Discover for ticket purchases. American Express is not accepted. Concessions on most of our boats only accept cash, with the exception of our new vessel, the Archipelago, which takes credit cards as well as cash for concessions.

COVID-19 Preparedness

Apostle Islands Cruises has worked diligently with local health officials to implement several COVID-19 preventative measures. Here are a few of the major changes we’ve made:

Frequently-touched surfaces on the boat will be disinfected before and during each cruise.
Several other measures are being taken by our staff before and after you visit us. For any specific questions or for more information on our plan please call our office or email us at [email protected]

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