I was lucky enough to travel on the Lake Express Car Ferry as I was traveling from Michigan to Wisconsin. For me the idea of taking the Ferry from Muskegon, Michigan to Milwaukee, Wisconsin to be greatly intriguing as it cut down the time to my destination dramatically (as this was a high speed ferry) but it also cut out the stress of traveling through Chicago with the large amounts of traffic and longer driving times.
I took my car on the ferry, but not all people do, there are some that simply walk on and walk off and the overall cost is less for these individuals. The process for driving into the ferry itself was easy and the individuals working on the ferry were pleasant to work with. Once we were on the ship, we were asked to enter the main cabin to find a seat (there was a premier class cabin but I was not in this). When I spoke to the crew about this they let me know that people in Premier Class were given free beverages, free headsets to watch the movie (In the main cabin these headsets cost $4.00/headset) and more comfortable seating. The overall cost was not that much different between the price of the cabins, in all the price difference was $12.50 one way and $30 roundtrip. Food was available throughout the trip too!
During the voyage, we did have quite a bit of pitching and rolling on the first leg of our trip but I was wearing a Seaband on each arm for the trip, and because of this I did not have any issues of motion sickness. I will suggest though that you should consider motion sickness remedies if you are considering passage on the Lake Express Car Ferry, as some days you will need this while others will be calm and serene and nothing is really needed to help your motion ailments.
The Ferry Ride that we went on went through some rain which made going outside a bit treacherous, so I decided to stay inside for the beginning of the trip. Once we got to the middle of the lake and it was sunny, I did go up to the sun deck and it was very windy and wet, but it was a beautiful view (even though it was windy). On the way back though Lake Michigan was crystal clear and we had no problems at all moving around or going above on deck, so it really depends overall on the day that you are traveling.
The trip otherwise was pretty uneventful, and we made it to Milwaukee and back. I would recommend this as a great alternative for those traveling between Michigan and Wisconsin and vice-versa. It does take a bit of time and money, but the lack of stress in driving is worth the effort and you can let someone else do the driving at least for part of your trip.
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