Storyteller’s Night Sky Cruises on the Great Lakes

Every Summer, you can join Star Lore Historian Mary Stewart Adams for a series of unique cruises along the great fresh waters of Northern Michigan during which she narrates the drama of the sunsets, moonrises and celestial phenomena with her engaging blend of observational astronomy,

Using the south pier of the Mackinac Bridge, Mary helps a curious passenger identify Venus in the evening sky during the June 28, 2018 evening sky cruise with Shepler’s Ferry service. Photo by PaulJoseph Newman

literature, history and mythology, bringing the stories of the night to life against the amazing backdrop of the great lakes’ dark skies.

Below you will find information on: Shepler’s Mackinac Island Ferry evening sky cruises along the Straits of Mackinac; Drummond Island Tall Ships cruises on Lake Huron; and the Traverse City Tall Ship “Stories of the Stars” cruise along Lake Michigan.


The Shepler’s Mackinac Island Ferry Cruises are 1.5-2 hrs and disembark from Shepler’s Mackinaw City Ferry Dock. The cruises head west under the elegant Mackinac Bridge into the setting Sun over Lake Michigan, and there await moonrise over Lake Huron, or the evening planets and falling stars overhead.

Here are the tickets and information here:

Shepler’s Mackinac Island Ferry cruises are June 28, July 15, July 26, August 10 (SOLD OUT), August 12 and September 9.

In addition to evening sky cruises, Mary Stewart Adams also narrates several windjammer cruises, including the very exciting inaugural season on the Huron Jewel with Drummond Island Tall Ship Co.
Drummond Island Tall Ship Co LLC cruises are July 16-18 and August 14-16

Mary’s “Stories of the Stars” four-day windjammer cruise with Traverse City Tall Ship regularly sells out, and here you can get information of future dates:

The September 11-15, 2018 “Stories of the Stars” windjammer is SOLD OUT, but you can click here for information of future dates: Tall Ship Manitou

The Strawberry Moon rising over Lake Huron and under the Mackinac Bridge, during the June 28 evening sky cruise with Shepler’s Ferry Service. Photo by PaulJoseph Newman

“For in their interflowing aggregate, those grand freshwater seas of ours,–Erie, and Ontario, and Huron, and Superior, and Michigan,–possess an ocean- like expansiveness, with many of the ocean’s noblest traits; with many of its rimmed varieties of races and of climes.”

~Herman Melville, from his epic “Moby Dick”