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All aboard the Tall Ships cruises

The Goodtime cruise line is offering a unique perspective of the Battle of Lake Erie, which begins next week.
John Benson
Aug 19, 2013

The Battle of Lake Erie Bicentennial celebration is nearing with one local operator offering folks an opportunity to see the amazing Tall Ships coming to the area with various excursions Aug. 29 through Sept. 2 to Put-in-Bay.

Specifically, the Goodtime Lake Erie Island Cruises has four trips to South Bass Island to experience the numerous special events: the Tall Ships Welcome Cruise (Aug. 29); the Tall Ships Festival Cruise (Aug. 31), the Bicentennial Fireworks Cruise (Sept. 1) and the Battle of Lake Erie Reenactment Cruise (Sept. 2). The latter two are sold-out.

The majestic Tall Ships will be providing plenty of tourist opportunities to board the vessels, as well as offer insight into the War of 1812. Funcoast.com talked to Goodtime Lake Erie Island Cruises Office Manager Brooke Chamberlain.

So what exactly does Goodtime Lake Erie Island Cruises have planned for the Battle of Lake Erie Bicentennial celebration?
We’re going to be cruising over to Put-in-Bay to watch the tall ships parade in as kind of the beginning of all of the festivities and ceremonies that will be going on in remembrance of the Battle of Lake Erie. This will be the first time we ever did a cruise with the Tall Ships.

Tell us about the expected highlights from each of the cruises.
We’ll watch The Tall Ships Parade [Aug. 29] and then we’ll dock at Put-in-Bay for a couple of hours just to enjoy the festivities there and then come back once we anchor at Put-in-Bay. We’ll have appetizers on board. On our Aug. 31 cruise, we’ll have somebody dressed as Commodore Perry himself, as well as an entertainer singing songs of Lake Erie. For the fireworks cruise [Sept. 1], we’ll have the Commodore Perry gentleman and entertainer again. That’s the cruise where we’ll be spending time on the island. Also, the Ohio State Marching Band is playing at 8 p.m. we’re leaving around 8:45 p.m. because they’re having a fireworks show. Finally, we’ll be going out to see the reenactment of the Battle of Lake Erie [Sept. 2].

In your opinion, how big of a deal is The Battle of Lake Erie Bicentennial celebration?
This is huge. The one thing that people aren’t quite kind of realizing yet is that it’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see anything like this. We’ll be able to remember how lucky we are as a country. And people are excited. We’re getting calls everyday from people wanting to come on the Goodtime and to see what’s going on. Not only are you getting a unique cruise to go see the ships, but you’re also seeing the boats that you’ll probably never see again in your life. It’s all just one big unique package.

The cost of The Battle of Lake Erie Bicentennial celebration cruises are $30. For more information, call 800-446-3140 or visit goodtimeboat.com.