Seating is all first-come, first-served. Reservations are highly recommended.


These are the most popular questions we have received from those interested in experiencing Apostle Islands National Lakeshore with us.

Reservations & Seating?

Reservations are recommended & All seating is first-come, first-served


Where can I park?

Parking is available on all streets. Rittenhouse Avenue and Front Street provide 2 hour parking only. Visitor parking lot located on the 200 block of Manypenny Ave located 2 blocks from our office.



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.


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



Are there restrooms on the boats?

Yes, all boats are equipped with restrooms.



Do you accept credit cards?

We accept MasterCard, Visa, Discover & Amex for purchases made in our ticket office.



How long do the cruises last?

The Classic Grand Tour will take approximately 3.25 hours. With our new vessel, we anticipate our Express Grand Tour to take approximately 2.5 hours.

Wrecks, Rocks & Lighthouses Tour: approximately 2.5 hours.

The Sea Caves & Lighthouses Tour: approximately 3 hours.

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.



What are your refund and exchange policies?

A purchased ticket will be eligible for a full refund up to 48 hours before the scheduled cruise departure time. If Apostle Islands Cruises cancels a cruise, you will be provided a full refund. If an Island Shuttle is unable to land at an island due to waves and weather, we will refund ticket holders 1/3 of the total fare. Tickets are exchangeable up to 20 minutes before the scheduled cruise departure time. To exchange your ticket for another time, please call us at 1-800-323-7619.



Is the tour narrated?

Yes, your captain will provide you with an informative and interesting narration throughout your tour of the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore.



What if it rains?

We operate rain or shine. All of our boats have enclosed cabins. All portions of our cruises are “weather permitting”, relying on the experienced prudence of your Captain.



What should I wear, what should I bring?

Wear comfortable clothes and shoes. A light jacket and sunscreen is always recommended. Don’t forget your camera! There are countless opportunities to photograph scenic vistas and wildlife.



Are life jackets provided?

There are life jackets for ever person on board (including children’s life jackets).



Can I bring my pet on board the cruise?

Pets are not allowed on board our cruises with the exception of the Water Taxi. In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, we allow service animals that have been trained to perform specific duties, this does not include therapy dogs. To make sure we can accommodate you, please contact our office prior to your visit.

When bringing a pet on an island (via Water Taxi) in the National Park, please follow the park guidelines listed on their website



Are food and beverages available on board?

We offer a variety of sodas, bottled water, coffee, assorted chips, and a variety of candy for sale on board the boat. You are welcome to bring your own snacks and beverages; however, we do not allow large coolers on board.



Are alcoholic beverages allowed?

Yes, alcoholic beverages are permitted on board our cruises.



Is smoking allowed on board?

No, smoking is prohibited.



Additional Information

  • Our goal is to provide for your comfort and enjoyment. All cruise boats are diesel powered vessels, equipped with radar, sonar, and all required safety equipment, and are inspected annually by the U.S. Coast Guard. Our Captains have become experienced through thousands of miles of safe piloting and are licensed by the U.S. Coast Guard. Courteous crew members will assist to make your Lake Superior Apostle Islands experience memorable.
  • Scheduled cruise return times may vary due to the number of passengers and lake conditions.
  • Upper Deck passenger capacities are limited. Seats are given on a first come, first served basis.
  • Canoe/Kayak transport requires a $21.00 round-trip handling fee.
Seating is all first-come, first-served. Reservations are highly recommended.