Crew gives inside look at new pirate ship in Mackinaw City

Crew gives inside look at new pirate ship in Mackinaw City

MACKINAW CITY, MI (WPBN/WGTU) -- A new pirate ship is making waves in the Mackinac Straits.

The Star Line ferry service to Mackinac Island partnered with Navis Cruises to bring a 65 foot, fully functioning pirate ship to northern Michigan.

The crew has a few finishing touches to do, but they plan to have their first excursion Memorial Day weekend.

“We just knew it would be a great addition to our fleet and to the area," said Michael North, assistant CEO at Star Line. "It’s a really cool thing and it’s very unique."

The ship is fully equipped with water cannons, speakers and a bar downstairs.

During peak summer days, the Good Fortune will head out on six cruises a day, under the Mackinac Bridge and back.

“When they get on the boat, we’re going to have the pirate music blaring and we’re going to start with pirate dancing," said Deidre Phillipson, the manager of the Good Fortune. "Of course there’s safety as soon as we head out on the water, but from that point on we’re going to have a little treasure hunting for the kids. They have got to find certain things and they’ll get gold coins, and we may just throw a treasure off and find it for the kids.”

While it will be designed for families during the day, there will be an adult cruise at 8 p.m.

“We will have beer and wine on board, so we are looking for more of a ‘bring the inner kid or inner pirate’ to all adults and really go out and enjoy themselves,” Phillipson said.

It will also be available to rent out for parties.

While she looks old and authentic, she was actually built in 2014 and brought up from Pensacola, Florida.

The addition of the Good Fortune comes after Star Line acquired five new ferries.

“It will be busy all around," North said. "The pirate ship, our ferries. We have a new addition to our fleet, five other ferry boats, classic ferries, so I think over all it’s just going to be a great year.

Their goal is simple.

“Provide a good time to everyone," Phillipson said. "We want everyone to walk off this ship thinking they went on a unique family experience, the kids are happy, the adults are happy and we want everyone to walk off here with something just really new and really fun on the dock.”

The Good Fortune is still hiring staff for the summer.

They say they are looking for fun, energetic people who don't mind letting out their inner pirate.

You'll have a chance to ride on the Good Fortune soon enough, cruises start on May 26.

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