The Good Fortune pirate ship will run five daily trips and one special nightly cruise to Mackinac Island from June 19 to September 6. And they’ve got all kinds of fun on deck. 

MACKINAW CITY, MI — ‘Ganders know that pirates used to be no strangers to our Great Lakes. But avast, mateys — get ready to see the Jolly Roger whipping in the wind high above the Straits of Mackinac once again. 

New to Mackinac Island this year, the Good Fortune pirate ship will ferry landlubbers to and from the island in style starting June 19. 

Located at 801 S. Huron St. in Mackinaw City, the ship will run five daily trips and one special nightly cruise to Mackinac Island through September 6. 

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A High-Seas Adventure For the Whole Family

The Detroit Free Press reports that the family-friendly Mackinac Pirate Adventure Tour will feature eight usable water cannons for the kids as well as a bar for nightly cruises, and a signal cannon, which one guest will be chosen to shoot off on each tour. 

“What better of a place to be — out in the open fresh air on a Great Lake in times like these,” said Jerry Fetty, CEO of Star Line Mackinac Island Hydro-Jet Ferry, speaking to the Freep. 

“Whether a person has been to Mackinac Island one hundred times before, or this is their first time, the thing about the pirate ship is you can get a unique experience traveling over to Mackinac Island.”

But you don’t have to wait ‘til you step foot on deck to join in on the fun. 

To kick off Good Fortune’s season, the Great Lakes Pirate Festival will take place at noon on June 20 at the Star Line Mackinac Island Hydro-Jet Ferry dock. 

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Stockhouse also reports that Star Line Mackinac Island Hydro-Jet® Ferry, the ferry boat company launching Good Fortune this year, will feature online giveaways on their website, Facebook page and Instagram account leading up to the kick-off. 

Photo courtesy of Star Line Mackinac Island Hydro-Jet Ferry

What You Need to Know Before Setting Sail

There is one element of Good Fortune that (thankfully) won’t remain authentic to pirate ships of the olden days: hygiene.

In a press release, Star Line addressed sanitation concerns surrounding COVID. 

“All boats are sanitized with the Silver Bullet Tri-Jet ULV Non-Thermal fogging system – the same used by many major airlines – to sanitize down to a micron, even in corners,” it read. “All common areas on the boats are also wiped down and sanitized. All passengers are asked to wear masks and to “social distance” on the boat … Star Line has also serviced the island throughout COVID-19 by helping to transport needed supplies and groceries to its residents.”

A PiratePass for adults costs $35 and $20 for children ages 5 to 12, and the Star Line website suggests the ship as an ideal venue for birthdays and special events. 

Passengers are encouraged to dress like pirates when they board Good Fortune, so remember to tie a swarthy sash ‘round your waist and grab your tricorn hat (and face mask) before you head off to experience Mackinac Island like never before. 

And while you’re waiting to shove off, why not read up on some of the salty sea dogs that used to terrorize the very straits you’ll be sailing? WKFR’s list is a great place to start — you might just have to brush up on your pirate lingo first. 

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