Lake Express carefully opens season June 4

Jun e, 2020

The Lake Express high-speed ferry across Lake Michigan opens its 2020 season June 4 with regulations designed to protect the health of passengers during each 2 ½ hour crossing.

 “We’re doing extra cleaning and requiring that passengers and crew wear face masks when inside the ship,” said Aaron Schultz, senior vice president of the Lake Express. “In addition, we will check passengers’ temperature before boarding the ship and limit the number of passengers on each trip to ensure social distancing.”

 Face masks will not be required to be worn on the outside decks of the ship where passengers frequently enjoy cool breezes on even the warmest days of the year.

Other features of the 2020 season:

•  The Lake Express is waiving all 2020 change and cancellation fees to accommodate travelers who made reservations before the COVID-19 virus limited travel.

•  Fares remain the same as 2019 and the Kids Ride Free program (2 children from 5-17 when accompanied by an adult) continues throughout the season.

•  The season starts with two round trips daily to Muskegon and may extend that schedule into the summer period when it normally provides three round trips. “We’re uncertain at this point and urge travelers to  check for updates,” Schultz noted.

 One of the first catamaran-style auto/passenger ferries in the US, the Lake Express is a state-of-the art vessel positioned to meet or exceed health standards imposed by the corona virus.

 A two-year renewal of the ship was completed in 2019, its 15th season. Renovation of the exterior and interior of the Milwaukee terminal was completed during the 2019-’20 off-season.

Cross in 2 ½ hours on a sun deck, classic or premier seating

Art & Culture

Long known as “the art coast of Michigan,” this community traces its creative roots back 100 years to the day when The Art Institute of Chicago established its Ox-Bow School here.

Nature & Recreation

Sun. Sand. And water, as far as the eye can see. With 10 spectacular miles of Lake Michigan shoreline, one of Condé Nast Traveler’s “Top 25 Beaches in the World,” and inviting places to hike, boat, fish, and golf.

Muskegon & surroundings

Cross in 2 ½ hours

on a sun deck,

classic or premier seating