path cleared for mc cruises

Tuesday, January 30, 2018 16:14 PM
Written by Stan Maddux
Category: Local News

Don't be surprised to see a cruise ship along the shoreline in New Buffalo this summer.

Unanimous approval has been given for a 65 foot, 20 deck sight-seeing boat to dock at the harbor in Michigan City.

Harbormaster Tim Frame told the Michigan City Port Authority on January 23 the plan is for cruises to places like New Buffalo to begin as soon as Memorial Day.

Cruises would be open to individuals, groups, corporate events and special occasions like weddings, said Frame.

The Port Authority also approved the serving of food and alcohol on the vessel called ''Friendship'' now docked in Detroit.

''It brings another attraction down here to the lakefront,'' said Frame.

Behind the proposal is Victor Terry, owner of Harbor Country Adventures that provides services like speed boat rides on Lake Michigan and winery tours.

Final approval to the docking agreement is still needed from Terry before tickets for cruises can start being sold primarily online., said Frame.

A ticket booth could also be established at the Michigan City Harbor.

Frame said Michigan City was chosen for the boat to dock because the harbor in

New Buffalo doesn't have enough room to accommodate the large vessel.

Cruises were last offered in Michigan City during the 20's and 30's.

Sam Ferguson, president of the Port Authority Board, said the return of a cruise ship here has been discussed for a long time.

He said Terry just came forward with idea before the holidays.

''It's kind of evolved more in the last couple of weeks. We think it's a pretty good idea. It's just a good direction to go,'' Ferguson said.