Manitou Moomers Ice Cream Sail

Traverse Tall Ship Company

Zerve Seller: TravTallShip
Activity #6964
  • Set sail for a 2-hour adventure of spectacular views on the sparkling waters of Grand Traverse Bay on our beautiful tall ship Manitou.

  • Come dance and enjoy drinks on Grand Traverse Bay with the band playing lively jigs, chanteys and ballads of sailing & life on the sea!

  • Join us for a relaxing 2-hour evening sail aboard our tall ship Manitou, as we cruise the breathtaking waters of Grand Traverse Bay.

  • Spend a night aboard the beautiful ship Manitou and wake up to a homemade full breakfast - best way to enjoy the Grand Traverse Bay!

  • Sail out of Traverse City on our majestic tall ship, learn about the rich history of the region and enjoy its picturesque landscapes!

  • Sail aboard the tall ship Manitou for an evening of amazing views of Traverse, refreshing lake air, superb local beer and hot pizza!

  • Board the majestic tall ship Manitou for a relaxing sunset cruise while sampling a medley of local wines as well as a delicious meal.

  • Hop aboard our sailing yacht Scout for a 2-hour luxurious private sail and enjoy the magnificent view of Traverse City Riverfront.

  • Set Sail from downtown Traverse City for a 3-hour private sunset cruise of wonderful views aboard our gorgeous sailing yacht Scout!

  • Enjoy a 3-hour romantic sunset cruise followed by an overnight stay in the cozy double cabins aboard our classic sailing yacht Scout.

  • Board our gorgeous yacht Scout for an exclusive sail and enjoy Fireworks Show or the Cherry Festival Air Show in the best viewing area!

Our season typically runs May-August. Please check back soon for next season's schedule of events!

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Sometimes the best thing to do in the afternoon is to just sit back and relax with the family or friends and enjoy a cool dish of ice cream. Take this summer ritual to the next level with a glorious sail and two scoops of the finest ice cream (voted #1 in America on Good Morning America!) you'll ever eat....Moomers! 

On this afternoon 2-hour sail, you’ll enjoy: 
  • The finest ice cream scoops available: Moomers
  • Breathtaking views of the Traverse City shoreline and Old Mission Peninsula
  • Views of the great historic Park Place Hotel
  • A unique perspective of the Great Lakes Maritime Academy
So bring the family or a group of friends and come set sail with this afternoon delight, and savor the flavors! 

Your kids will be left wondering when you became so cool!

What Is Not Included?

Gratuity is not included in the price of your sail. However, tips are greatly appreciated by our hard working crew!

Meeting Location

M-22, just north of downtown Traverse City (Traverse City, MI) (Exact meeting location details will be provided immediately upon purchase of tickets.)
127 Reviews Rating: 4.8 4.8 out of 5.0
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Rating: 5
Great time had by all!
Sun, Sep 6  3:00 PM Female 50-59 Local Group of Friends
In a group with four adults, of which, two were from IN. We all had an awesome time!
Rating: 5
Fantastic boat, friendly crew
Sun, Sep 6  3:00 PM Female 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
We thoroughly enjoyed our afternoon on the Tall Ship Manitou. The crew was friendly and efficient. We enjoyed the ice cream and chatting with the captain and cook. We highly recommend this beautiful boat for those looking to enjoy a peaceful afternoon in the bay!
Rating: 4
End of Summer Fun
Sun, Sep 6  3:00 PM Female 60-69 Local Family With Children
Moomer cruise was perfect for our group. Weather was perfect, length of sail was good. Good value for our money. Only 1 reservation: literature should inform that there is no comfortable seating. Had 1 person in party over age 85 and difficult to find place for him to sit.
Rating: 5
Great crew!
Fri, Sep 4  3:00 PM Female 30-39 Local Family With Children
We took our 4 year old son on the Manitou Moomers Ice Cream Sail. The crew was fantastic and really engaging with the kids on the ship.
Rating: 4
Pleasant but not exciting
Sat, Aug 22  3:00 PM Female 70+ Domestic Tourist(s) Other
Crew was friendly, but ride just didn't have great scenery or anything exciting. I've had better sailing experiences in Maine and Mystic, CT. Ice cream was good, but cherry is not one of my favorite flavors. Probably not worth the money. Tedious to have to wait for bus to take us across the highway between the ship and parking area.
Rating: 4
Great sailing
Fri, Aug 21  3:00 PM Male 50-59 Unspecified Unspecified
Beautiful day out on the water with perfect weather. One issue with the ice cream though - it was cookie dough - we we could not enjoy as we are gluten intolerant.
Rating: 4
Uneventful sail
Fri, Aug 21  3:00 PM Female 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Other
The sail was pleasant, but a little boring. It would have been nice to have had some type of narration or music or entertainment of some type. The crew was personable and very helpful. We are glad that we took the sail, but would probably not do it again.
Rating: 5
great experience
Thu, Aug 20  3:00 PM Male 60-69 Unspecified Unspecified
Friendly, informative, professional crew. Enjoyable sail on a tall ship in beautiful waters.
Rating: 5
I Couldn't Recommend the Manitiou More!
Thu, Aug 20  3:00 PM Male 50-59 Local Couple on a Date
When I called to ask questions about the Ice Cream trip, I wanted to know if my wife who has a disability would be okay on the boat. After describing my wife's issues, cerebral palsy and needing to use a walker to get around, the nice lady assured me that she would be well taken care of. I purchased the tickets for a trip yet a month away. A few days before our trip, I called again just to make sure. Again she promised that she would be just fine. When I got there they were so accommodating that I didn't have to help my wife one bit, they did all the work. The crew was so outstanding and friendly that they made us feel right at home and that we would be well taken care of. When it started to rain they offered my wife a blanket and a rain poncho (the poncho's they offered to everyone, not just my wife). The ice cream, being Moomers, was of course outstanding. This cruise was worth every penny. I highly recommend you put this on your bucket list. Thank you, Manitou and crew. You made our 21st anniversary something truly special.
Rating: 5
Fantastic experience
Wed, Aug 19  3:00 PM Male 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Couple on a Date
Capt. Dave and the crew were amazing. They attended to all ages and ensured everyone had an amazing time on board. Moomers ice cream is delicious!
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Do I need to book tickets in advance?
While we can sometimes accommodate last minute sign-ups, we highly recommend purchasing your tickets in advance in order to guarantee your space. Book online or over the phone using a Visa, Mastercard or American Express.
The forecast says 30% chance of rain, will it rain on my sail?
This is a common summer forecast in this area. The majority of time we will see little or no precipitation. We watch the weather radar carefully and will cancel in the event of extended periods of heavy rain. However, we will sail in light rain or showers.
What happens if there is bad weather?
If Traverse Tall Ship Co. cancels because of bad weather (thunderstorms, heavy rain for extended periods etc.) you may reschedule your sail or receive a full refund.
What is your cancellation policy?
Once purchased, tickets cannot be refunded. You may reschedule your tickets (subject to availability) only if you do so at least 24 hours in advance.
What should I bring with me?
We strongly recommend sunscreen and a hat. Please leave beverages and coolers ashore. We do have a bar aboard with a variety of soft drinks and alcoholic beverages.
What should I wear?
Even at the height of summer it’s usually cooler on the water. We recommend having a jacket or sweater with you. All passengers should wear rubber soft-soled sneakers/tennis shoes or sandals. No high-heels please!
How much ice cream is included in this sail?
Each person over the age of 2 will receive 2 scoops of the day's flavor options from none other than Moomer's!
Is there an age limit for these sails?
While there is no age limit for the sails, all attendees under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Are children and infants allowed to attend? Do I need to purchase a ticket for them?
Per USCG regulations all guests must be counted as passengers and have a ticket to sail. Keep in mind, we have a reduced rate available for children ages 3-12 and children ages 2 and under may attend for free but be sure to also book a free infant ticket for them.
Is your sailboat safe?
Manitou meets or exceeds all U. S. Coast Guard regulations for construction, stability, safety equipment, and electronics for vessels in passenger service. The U. S. Coast Guard licensed captain has many years of experience and you can rest assured of being in good hands.
Will I get seasick?
You are unlikely to get seasick. Manitou’s size and construction generally translate into an easy motion. In addition, our sailing grounds in Grand Traverse Bay are well protected from most wind directions.
Is there a bathroom on the boat?
Yes, the boat is equipped with two bathrooms that are accessible at all times. We call them "marine heads" and they are unlike the bathrooms you use at home. Using a marine head involves pumping, and there are simple directions posted in the bathroom on how to use it.
What happens if it starts raining when we're out on our sail?
Don't worry, we won't melt! Trips with a little wetness have proven to be some of the most memorable bonding experiences for our guests. (This all depends on attitude of course...) We have ponchos available for all of our guests in the case we are caught in a rain-shower.
Is the ship handicap accessible?
Manitou is handicap accessible, although we cannot accommodate battery powered wheelchairs due to the excessive weight. We do have a manual wheelchair on the premises. There are two steps at either end of our boarding ramp. The crew is quite adept at lifting you over these two minor obstacles.
Are any food or drinks included in the sail?
Yes, the afternoon sail includes two scoops of Moomers Ice Cream. We also have additional snacks and beverages available for purchase on board.
Can I bring my own food and drinks?
You may bring your own food, but space considerations do not allow coolers to be brought aboard Manitou. Alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks may be purchased by cash or credit card. Please refrain from bringing beverages with you. It is illegal to bring alcoholic beverages aboard Manitou. Please leave beverages and coolers ashore.
What sort of drinks do you have available on board?
We offer soft drinks, lemonade and bottled water for $1. We also have beer and wine available for purchase on board. Our bar features local craft beer for approximately $4, or Bud Light for $3. We also have 375 ml bottles of wine available for approximately $10, or 375 ml bottles of champagne for $14.
Do you accept both cash and credit cards on board?
Yes, we accept Visa, Mastercard, Discover or cash on board.
Is there a place to sit? Is seating assigned?
Seating is on the cabin house tops and on deck boxes. This is backless bench seating. Seating is not assigned, and you are free to move about the vessel, including touring below decks, during the sail.
Is smoking permitted?
No. Smoking in not permitted anywhere on our vessels or property.
Do you have life jackets?
Per U. S. Coast Guard regulations, adult and child life jackets are available. You are not required to wear life jackets, but are welcome to if you like. If you would like your child to wear a life jacket, and you have a recreational vest style jacket, we recommend you bring it. The USCG required jackets that we keep aboard offer excellent flotation, but are somewhat bulky.
Are pregnant women allowed to attend the sail?
Yes, pregnant women are welcome aboard.
Should I tip the captain and crew?
Tipping is customary, but should be based on your satisfaction with the service you receive. A 15% gratuity is appropriate if you are happy with the performance of the captain and crew.
Can I stow anything on the boat?
We have space below if you have items you need to stow. However, Traverse Tall Ship Co. cannot be responsible for any valuables stowed out of your sight.
Do you allow strollers onboard?
Strollers may be used on the Tall Ship Manitou as long as the wheels lock. However, there is not space available for strollers on the Sailing Out Scout.
Where do I park?
Parking is at our ticket office, located across the road from Manitou's dock. After parking, you will check in at our office and take our shuttle bus to the dock. Parking is free. Please note: Per Elmwood Township ordinance, all passengers must use the shuttle bus to cross the road.
Can I bring my dog or pet?
Pets, other than documented service animals, are not allowed aboard the vessel.
Are gift certificates available for this sail?
Yes, gift certificates are available and they make a perfect gift for holidays, birthdays or any other occasion! To purchase a gift certificate for this sail, please click on the "Gift Certificates: Purchase" link in the box above.
Can I book a private charter?
Yes, private cruises on the tall ship Manitou can be a unique and elegant event for your group. If you are interested in booking a private sail, please contact us directing by clicking the "Contact TravTallShip" link to the left of the page.


Refund/Rescheduling Policy

Non-refundable, can be rescheduled with 24 hours notice.
Once purchased, tickets cannot be refunded. You may reschedule your tickets (subject to availability) only if you do so at least 24 hours in advance.

Other Policies

Activity may be cancelled due to severe weather.
The activity usually runs in light rain and other moderate weather conditions, but the seller may cancel the activity up to an hour before the start time in the event of severe or unsafe weather conditions. If the seller cancels the event, ticket-holders will be allowed to reschedule tickets (subject to availability) or receive a full refund.
All participants, including infants and toddlers, are required to have tickets for this event.
According to U.S. Coast Guard capacity rules, all passengers including infants and toddlers must have a ticket.

Traverse Tall Ship Company

Captain Dave McGinnis has been sailing traditionally rigged passenger vessels for 30 years, and has owned Traverse Tall Ship Co. for over 10 years.  He has dedicated his life to sailing and introducing people to the world of tall ships.

Manitou Captain, Brendan O'Donnel, has been involved with Traverse Tall Ship Co. since 2008.  He has risen from the rank of deckhand all the way to licensed captain. Manitou is Dave's baby, and he trusts Brendan completely.  There can be no higher endorsement!

Scout Captain, Brett Derr, enters his fifth year with Traverse Tall Ship Co.  He is the perfect host for your private group and will ensure that you have a most memorable experience.

Traverse Tall Ship Co. has been featured in countless media including:  Midwest LivingThe Chicago TribuneUnder the Radar Michigan,  and The Grand Rapids Press. We are proud recipients of the TripAdvisor "Certificate of Excellence" award for 2013.

“This was our first experience with sailing and we both just loved it.” - saphire812

“The crew was super friendly to adults and children and it was a lovely view.” – Noel 
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