Frequently Asked Questions

These are the most popular questions we have received from those interested in experiencing Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary with us. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have more!

Where can I park?

There is free, ample parking available on-site, with the majority of spaces located across the street from the NOAA visitor center. This lot also includes space for RV parking.

Is the boat handicap accessible?

The Alpena Shipwreck Tour team works closely with customers to assist with any particular needs or special requirements. Our boats are ONLY equipped to accommodate up to 28” wide, non-motorized wheelchairs.

Please note that there are stairs to the upper deck; therefore, handicapped guest access is somewhat limited to the outdoor seating on the upper deck. The glass viewing wells are located in the lower deck, which is accessible by wheelchair. Limited seating is also available on the lower, outer deck, which is also accessible by wheelchair. Advance boarding and departures are available upon request. For inquiries and plans to best serve special needs, please email us at info@alpenashipwrecktours.com, or call 1-800-469-4696 72 hours in advance and we will do our best to accommodate you.

Are there restrooms on the boats?

Yes, the boat is equipped with restrooms.

Do you accept credit cards?

We accept MasterCard and Visa for purchases made in the gift shop and ticket office. Buy your ticket now!

How long does the cruise last?

The regular cruises are approximately two hours long.

Are there any specialty tours?

Yes! There are a number of specialty cruises.

How much does a cruise cost?

Adult ticket: $30
Child ticket (12 and under): $10

What are your refund and exchange policies?

If the tour returns early due to weather, you will be provided with a free future ticket. If Alpena Shipwreck Tours cancels a cruise, you will be provided a full refund.

Is the tour narrated?

Yes, Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary provides trained Sanctuary Interpreters who will provide you with an informative and interesting narration throughout your tour of Shipwreck Alley.

What if it rains?

We operate rain or shine. The boat has an enclosed cabin.

How can I find out about the weather in Thunder Bay?

Weather in Thunder Bay is unpredictable (they don’t call it Thunder Bay for nothing!) Find the most updated weather observations at http://www.glerl.noaa.gov/metdata/apn.

What should I wear, what should I bring?

Wear comfortable clothes and shoes. A light jacket and sunscreen is always recommended. Don’t forget your camera…it is possible to get photos of the shipwrecks through the glass bottom!

Are life jackets provided?

There are life jackets for every person on board (including children’s life jackets).

Can I bring my dog on board the cruise?

Pets are not allowed on board our cruises. In accordance with the American’s With Disabilities Act, we allow service animals aboard our boats. If assistance is needed in boarding the vessel, please contact us 72 hours in advance.

Are food and beverages available on board?

We offer a variety of sodas, bottled water, and assorted snacks for sale on board the boat. You are welcome to bring your own snacks and beverages; however, we do not allow large coolers or alcoholic beverages on board.

Are alcoholic beverages allowed?

No, alcoholic beverages are not permitted on board our cruises.

Is smoking allowed on board?

No, smoking is prohibited.

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Highlights

There are dozens of wrecks in the Thunder Bay area. Hover over a shipwreck below to see its facts and photos. Lake Huron and Mother Nature collaborate on which shipwrecks they're willing to share on any given day. Scroll over icons to view more details.
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