S.S. Badger

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S.S. Badger

701 Maritime Drive
Ludington, MI 49431
Regions: Central
Toll Free: (800) 841-4243
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The S.S. Badger is the last coal-fired passenger steamship in operation in the United States. She has provided a fun, reliable and affordable shortcut across beautiful Lake Michigan for more than 60 years and has transported millions of passengers since her re-birth in 1992. In 2016 she received the nation’s highest historic honor when the Department of Interior officially designated the Badger as a National Historic Landmark. Additionally, the Badger is extremely unique in that she is an NHL that moves.

The 410ft. S.S. BADGER can accommodate 600 passengers and 180 vehicles, including; RVs, motorcycles, motor coaches, and commercial trucks during her sailing season. Originally designed primarily to transport railroad cars, this grand ship and the people who serve her have successfully adapted to the changing world since she first entered service in 1953.

Her unique and bold character takes you back to a period of time when things were simpler – offering valuable time to slow down, relax…and reconnect with those you love. She is the continuation of a unique and vital maritime tradition, and we celebrate that heritage on board in fun ways that educate, and entertain. Her mission has changed from the days of carrying railroad cars 365 days a year, and the Badger’s role in the hearts of the areas she serves has not.

The Badger’s commitment to a fun experience offers traditional favorites including free Famous Badger Bingo, free movies, lounge areas and designated quiet space, a kid’s play area, onboard gift shop, game room, private staterooms, two separate food service areas, two bars that includes a Bloody Mary bar, and sprawling outside decks for lounging or walking. Perhaps a romantic night crossing is more fitting for your style with spectacular sunsets and sparkling constellations for stargazers - making the Badger experience extra special.

A trip aboard the S.S. Badger offers passengers fun & treasured memories. Professional travelers have shared their experiences aboard the Badger with the world and this grand ship has received great praise. The Badger has been awarded Certificates of Excellence from TripAdvisor for 5 consecutive years and has a five star rating with Travelocity!

The Badger experience allows a rare opportunity to explore a little history - and a lot of fun by taking a step back into the past on a journey that’s as important as the destination!

From mid-May to mid-October the Badger sails daily between Ludington, MI and Manitowoc, WI. For additional information, call (800) 841-4243 or visit www.ssbadger.com

Offering a wide variety of modern amenities for all ages, the four-hour crossing can be as relaxing or busy as you want it to be.

- Famous Badger Bingo
- Private Staterooms
- Wi-Fi
- Free Movies
- Lounging
- Kids’ play Room
- Fun Kids Activities
- Upper Deck Cafe
- Badger Galley
- Full Service Bar
- Bloody Mary Bar
- Shopping in the Badger “Boatique”
- Open Deck Space for walking and fresh air
- Live Entertainment
- Quiet Areas

All dining areas feature local items from Michigan and Wisconsin

Kid's Activities:
- Scavenger Hunt
- Face Painting
- Coloring Contest
- Video Arcade
- Movie Theatre

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