3rd Annual Great Lakes Pirate Festival June 18, 2022-Mackinac Island
Shiver Me Timbers!
Free event to feature costumes, competitions, and Good Fortune Pirate Cruises!
Star Line Mackinac Island Ferry Company, a ferry boat company serving Mackinac Island from St. Ignace and Mackinaw City, Mich., and owner and operator of the Good Fortune pirate ship – the only pirate ship traveling to Mackinac Island, is hosting the third annual Great Lakes Pirate Festival on Saturday, June 18 from noon to 5 p.m. at their Mackinac Island Main Dock.
The Great Lakes Pirate Festival is a free event and will kick off the summer season with a pirate party including a live pirate band, pirate trivia, family-friendly photo opportunities, food and drinks, pirate contests, and more.
Festival participants of all ages
are encouraged to wear pirate-themed outfits. The Good Fortune pirate ship will ferry passengers to the island from Mackinaw City in the morning and will conclude the day with evening pirate cruises at 5:45 pm and 7:15 pm – departing from the Mackinac Island Main Dock.
The night cruises will include pirate music and dancing, crew members in character dressed and talking like pirates, water cannons for kids, and the ride will culminate with the firing of the Good Fortune’s cannon.
This year the Good Fortune
will have a liquor license and Pirate Cruises will feature snacks, drinks, and adult refreshments available for purchase. For photos of Star Line’s Good Fortune pirate ship, click here. For Great Lakes Pirate Festival details and Good Fortune Pirate Ship cruise tickets and information, click here.
The Great Lakes Pirate Festival will feature the Black Murray Band, Pirate Contests (Ex. Dress like a Pirate, Talk Like a Pirate, Walk the Plank), Captain Brown Beard Entertainment, Pirate Trivia, Pirate Storytime, and more. This year the Good Fortune has added an evening cruise entitled Nauti 21+, which goes under the Mackinac Bridge departing from Mackinac Island.
“We are always looking for ways to enrich our guests’ experiences to Mackinac Island, and the Great Lakes Pirate Festival and the Good Fortune pirate ship are family favorites,” said Jerry Fetty, CEO of Star Line Mackinac Island Ferry Company. “When guests of all ages see the Good Fortune at our dock they get excited to take a cruise, and now with the liquor license we have also added nightly adult-only cruises to provide cruise options for pirate enthusiasts of all ages.”
Pirate cruises on the Good Fortune ship this summer will include up to 80 people, while trips to and from Mackinac Island will hold up to 100 people.
For tickets and information go to www.mackinacferry.com.
About Star Line Mackinac Island Ferry Company
St. Ignace, Mich.-based Mackinac Island Ferry Company and its acquired lines of ferries began serving Mackinac Island in 1878 and have since been ferrying families and islanders from Mackinaw City and St. Ignace to Mackinac Island. The company is best known for its high-speed hydro-jet rooster tail boats, family-friendly atmosphere, and most frequent number of trips to and from Mackinac Island and underneath the Mackinac Bridge.
In addition to five classic ferries, Mackinac Island Ferry Company ferry boats include the Mackinac Express catamaran, Marquette II, Radisson, Cadillac, Joliet, LaSalle, and Anna May, and the pirate ship Good Fortune. Mackinac Marine Services is located in St. Ignace, Mich., and provides boatyard and services for commercial and recreational boat needs.
Mackinac Marine Services currently has a 200 metric ton marine travel lift, winter and summer boat storage, fiberglass repair, fabricating and mechanical work, welding, power washing, and shrink-wrapping services. Mackinac Marine Services is owned and operated by Star Line Mackinac Island Ferry Company.
Photo images courtesy of Star Line Mackinac Island Ferry Company