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Apostle Islands Cruise Service

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Address: City Dock, Bayfield, WI 54814
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This is the main attraction in Bayfield - and it should be. I think the cruise is a little too expensive, and a little too long. But it is beautiful to get out there on a nice... read more

Reviewed 24 October 2016
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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7 reviews
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This is a great way to see the islands! The ride was really comfortable and the crew were great. The caves, cliffs and clear water were really spectacular! We also saw several bald eagles, which for us was quite a treat. As a bonus, Bayfield is one of those charming low key small towns that is great for lowering your... More 

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Woodstock, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 March 2017

This was a magical place for us to visit and the Apostles Islands Cruise Service Captain did a GREAT job of telling about the history, culture, and geology of the 22 (or is it 23?) Apostle Islands. He and his First Mate were well versed in telling corny jokes and stories, and "quizzed" willing participants on what he had said... More 

Thank Lance B
Bayfield, Wisconsin
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117 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 January 2017 via mobile

We loved the relaxing cruise we took! The Apostle islands are lovely, and the beauty is unparalleled!

Thank charleshaycock
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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487 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 249 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 October 2016

This is the main attraction in Bayfield - and it should be. I think the cruise is a little too expensive, and a little too long. But it is beautiful to get out there on a nice sunny day and see the caves

Thank ilovecorndogs
Kimberly, Wisconsin
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50 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 October 2016

Great narrative by the ship's captain. Interesting stories regarding all of the islands and light houses, and provides opportunities for meeting and greeting others from all places on the globe. Great way to spend the morning.

Thank Bill P
Green Bay, Wisconsin, United States
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27 reviews
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Reviewed 18 October 2016

The tour was packed with information and the crew was awesome. We went on a rainy low visibility day, so we were told what we could have seen if it were clear. We were shown 21 of the 22 Apostle islands, and all had great fall foliage. I was a little disappointed that we only got up close to a... More 

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Reviewed 18 October 2016 via mobile

Phenomenal Tour! Captain Sherman; Bryce, Helmsman; and Lilly (cabin crew) were equally wonderful and very personable! Truly enjoyed the stories Sherman shared with us along the way, a perfect addition to the overall enjoyment of the cruise. The magnificent beauty of the Bayfield area, the islands, lighthouse, caves, etc. is beyond description. I was enthralled with every nuance of the... More 

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Reviewed 18 October 2016 via mobile

Captain Sherman, pilot Bryce and crewmember Lily made for a great cruise. Sherman's local history added color to the adventure

Thank dunchamp
Williamsburg, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 October 2016 via mobile

This was the perfect thing-to-do on a beautiful, sunny autumn day in this magical town. My wife and I came away breathless from the cruise -- awed by the scenery and the fascinating history of the Apostle Islands. Appreciated the captain's detailed account of local 'folklore' that made the trip that much more exciting. Highly recommended. This is a must-do... More 

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Royersford, PA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 October 2016 via mobile

The morning we booked our cruise for was 40 degrees with strong winds. The colors were all as brilliant as I would have thought for the time of year but it was changing. That day the wind was blowing so strong that the cruise had to be cut short but we received a partial refund. The Captain was great and... More 

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