Private Events Aboard the Harbor Princess

Elevate your experience in Petoskey with an exclusive private cruise aboard the Harbor Princess. Our boat offers a unique setting, providing the perfect backdrop for your special events, gatherings, and unforgettable moments on the water.

For an exceptional experience, we highly recommend scheduling your cruise to include the sunset. The journey through all three harbors on the Little Traverse Bay offers stunning views of the sunset and local waterfronts.


Private Cruise Highlights

Exclusive Charter Boat Venue: The Harbor Princess is not just a boat; it’s your private event venue on the water. Host your events with stunning views and the tranquility of the bay as your backdrop.

Our typical route, weather allowing, departs from Petoskey and cruises to Harbor Springs and Bay Harbor.

If you have a different route or a special location you would like us to cruise by, we would be happy to accommodate that. We can depart from Bay Harbor or Harbor Springs for an additional fee.


Why Choose Harbor Princess for Your Private Cruise:

Event Venue Rental: Make a statement with the Harbor Princess as your special event venue. Create lasting memories in a unique setting that will leave a lasting impression.

We highly recommend scheduling your cruise to include the sunset. The journey through all three harbors on the Little Traverse Bay offers stunning views of the sunset and local waterfronts.

Before planning your cruise, please keep in mind the sunset times for each month in Petoskey, Michigan:

June: ~9:30pm

July: 9:00-9:30pm

August: 8:30-9:00pm

September: 7:30-8:30pm


Dinner and Catering:

We currently do not offer dinner or catering services on board. However, we invite you to consider a box lunch-style catering with no open flame burners. Here is a list of our recommended local caterers: 

  1. Petoskey Cheese: Infinite Catering
  2. Vernales: Banquets & Catering
  3. Small Batch: Harbor Springs Catering
  4. Julienne Tomatoes: Catering Menu
  5. Sweetwater Catering: Whiski Inn
  6. Little Bay Gourmet
  7. Boyne River Grill
  8. Whi-Ski Inn

Bar Packages 

Our boat offers a cash bar. You can inquire pricing for open bar, drink tokens or an unlimited fountain drinks package. We’re happy to customize our services to best suit your needs.

  • Unlimited fountain drinks: $4.00/per person
  • Full Open Bar: please inquire for pricing

Private Cruise Pricing and Details:

All cruises can be customizable, please contact to learn more.

  • Duration: 90-105 Minutes (Boat access for setup 30 min before)
  • Includes: Captain, 1 Crew, 1 Bartender (additional bartenders $100)
  • Ships P.A. Equipment with narrated local highlights (if desired)
  • Music/Speaker System for custom playlists or announcements
  • TV with USB jump drive slideshow option
  • Easy boarding ramp for wheelchair access (Main deck only)
  • Standard benches and with tables and chairs (Rentals & décor available for an additional fee)

Sun – Wed Pricing:

  • Under 50 Passengers: $1650
  • 51-75: $1750
  • 76-100: $2000
  • Over 100: $20 per person

Thur/Fri/Sat Pricing:

  • Additional $250 Weekend Surcharge

Pick Up/Drop Off Charges:

We board and depart from Petoskey City Marina in Bayfront Park, Petoskey, but would be happy to coordinate pick up/drop off from other locations.

  • Pick Up/Drop Off Bay Harbor: $225 (Per approval of local municipality)
  • Pick Up/Drop Off Harbor Springs: $225 (Per approval of local municipality)

Payment Terms:

  • $500.00 or 50% deposit at booking
  • Remaining balance or 50% due 7 days prior to reservation
  • Nonrefundable deposit, but can be used for future purchases
  • Refunds only if the vessel is inoperable mechanically
  • Reschedule or refunds due to inclement weather

How to Reserve Your Private Event Cruise:

Send us an email to or call (231) 444-BOAT (2628). The more information you provide, the sooner it will be for us to give you a quote. Dates are booking fast for 2024, so please reach out soon!


Things to Do in Petoskey:

Explore a new dimension of leisure in Petoskey. A private cruise on the Harbor Princess tops the list of things to do, offering a blend of relaxation and picturesque views.


Yacht Charter:

Our Harbor Princess is not a yacht, but she has 68 years of classic cruising on the Great Lakes. Immerse yourself in the history on the original purpose-built ferry for Beaver Island as you cruise the serene waters of Petoskey.


Exclusive Charter Boat Venue Packages:

  1. Summer Cruise Soiree: Enjoy the warmth of summer with a daytime cruise, surrounded by the beauty of Little Traverse Bay.
  2. The Million Dollar Sunset: Experience the magic of a sunset like no other on the water, creating an enchanting atmosphere for your evening event.
  3. Customized Themes: Our exclusive charter boat venue can accommodate a range of event themes and styles.

Plan Your Private Cruise Today:

Escape the ordinary and set sail for extraordinary moments aboard the Harbor Princess. Reserve your private cruise today, creating memories that will last a lifetime.

For more information, please email:



Explore More Event Opportunities with Our Sister Vessels: Michigan Princess and Detroit Princess

While the Harbor Princess in Petoskey offers a unique and picturesque setting for private events, we’re delighted to also present our sister vessels, the Michigan Princess and Detroit Princess, for those seeking alternative venues in different locations.

Michigan Princess: Your Lansing Destination for Memorable Events

For those nearer to Lansing or looking for a venue in the heart of Michigan, the Michigan Princess provides an enchanting experience. Aboard this classic riverboat, you can host a range of events from corporate gatherings, weddings, to special celebrations. The Michigan Princess combines traditional charm with modern amenities, making it an ideal choice for an unforgettable event in Lansing.

Detroit Princess: Grandeur on the Detroit River

If your event calls for a larger venue or you prefer the vibrant atmosphere of Detroit, the Detroit Princess is your go-to destination. Capable of accommodating up to 1500 guests, it’s perfectly suited for grand-scale events and lavish celebrations. The Detroit Princess offers a majestic setting on the Detroit River, ensuring your event is both impressive and memorable.

Both the Michigan Princess and Detroit Princess provide unique experiences for your events, just like the Harbor Princess. Choose from these wonderful options to find a venue that best suits your occasion and guest list.