Private Charter Information
2017 Rates and Reservations wil be released in mid to late October 2016
Full catering, bar and entertainment services provided for parties of up to 200 guests.
Hourly charter rates vary with vessel, length of charter, day of week and time of day.
In-house catering service
All beverages are purchased through Princess Wenonah or Islander.
List of recommended entertainers available upon request.
Charter may be scheduled upriver or downriver, see Routes page for more information.
Minimum daytime 50 passengers • Minimum evening 100 passengers • Maximum 150 passengers
Lower deck (boarding level) accessed via a ramp houses bar and catering
Upper deck accessed via stairwells houses entertainment area and restrooms
Catering and bar service (additional fee) required when booking weekend evening events
See Photos for views of the ship
Islander (not currently available for bookings in 2017)
Recommended for up to 100 passengers
Upper deck (boarding level) accessed via a ramp houses entertainment or seating area
Lower deck accessed via stairwell houses bar, catering and restrooms
See Photos for views of the ship
Pre- and Post-Cruise Events
Need a gathering place before or after your cruise?
Unique pre or post cruise gathering plance with an extensive domestic, import and craft beer and fine wine selection. Located in beautiful downtown Bay City. Shuttle service available through AAA Transport & Limousine.
Large riverfront hall located at our Middlegrounds Dock with space for up to 150 guests indoors, plus a future outdoor deck next to the boat boarding area.
We schedule private charters most afternoons and evenings. A minimum 2 hour charter is required for daytime and weekday evening events. Friday and Saturday evening charters are available with a minimum three hour reservation. Additional hours available at a discounted rate.
Afternoon charters are generally scheduled between the hours of noon and 4 p.m., and evening charters are generally scheduled between the hours of 6 and 10 p.m.
We regularly host weddings, receptions, class reunions, corporate parties, corporate presentations or programs and fundraisers. We reserve the right to limit the use of our vessels to charters deemed acceptable by management. Advance permission required for events planning to charge admission to chartered functions.
Catering, Beverage and Entertainment Services:
We are a licensed facility with soft drinks, beer, wine and mixed drinks available from our onboard bar. All bar supplies and bartenders are included in the drink price. Gratuity added to open bar tabs. We are licensed premise, and all beverages must be purchased and consumed on board. No beverages may leave the premises, nor may guests bring any food or beverage onboard the vessel.
Catering menus for onboard hors d'oeuvres, luncheon and dinner buffets available upon request.
Plenty of power is also available and live musical groups are welcome to perform for your function. Banquet tables are available for rent (the first six tables are provided at no charge). Seating is provided at no charge on boat decks. Additional charge for setup of tables (except for buffet line) for dinner seating.
The Princess Wenonah's capacity is up to 150 guests, including your entertainer, if any. The Islander's recommended capacity is up to 100 guests. We reserve the right to limit party size based on the function type, setup required and other factors.
Bay City offers many fine accommodations including downtown’s Doubletree by Hilton Hotel and other properties along the Euclid Avenue and Wilder corridor such as AmericInn, Holiday Inn Express and Fairfield Inn. See www.visitgreatlakesbay.org for complete visitor information.