Lake Michigan High Speed Ferry Readies for 2008 Travel Season

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The Lake Express high speed auto ferry readies for its fifth season of service on Lake Michigan. The 2008 schedule has been released and online reservations are now available at http://www.lake-express.com.

Entering its fifth season of operation, the Lake Express Ferry announces today its schedule for the 2008 travel season. Online and phone reservations have been opened for travelers eager to make plans to get outdoors and experience ferry travel on the Great Lakes.

Traveling from Milwaukee to Muskegon, Mich., the high-speed catamaran's season begins May 1 and runs through November 2. It includes a new "prime time" schedule for spring which leaves Milwaukee at 8 a.m. with a second cruise departing at 2:30 p.m. Trips from Muskegon are scheduled for departure at 12:15 p.m. and 6:45 p.m. EST.

According to Ken Szallai, president of Lake Express, the changes to the ferry's schedule are a response to rider feedback and will allow riders to leave Milwaukee later in the morning with the 8 a.m. first trip of the day, or extend their Milwaukee visit into the afternoon. The new schedule means more time in Michigan as well, which should also be popular with riders.

"Historically, springtime has been very popular with our riders," said Szallai. "After such a long winter, we're sure people will want to get out as soon as possible and enjoy outdoor recreation immediately. We anticipate this spring will be particularly strong for us, especially with our new hours of travel."

Summer Unchanged
Szallai quickly notes that the Ferry's travel schedule during the summer months will remain the same. Beginning June 11 and continuing through Sept. 1, the ferry makes three daily trips, leaving Milwaukee at 6 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. and returning at 10:15 a.m., 4:45 p.m. and 11 p.m.

He says September's schedule includes a mixture of the traditional and prime time schedules. From Sept. 2-Sept. 30, the schedule drops to two trips on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays and three trips on Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays. From Oct. 1 until the end of the season on Nov. 2, the ferry offers Milwaukee departures at 8:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. and return trips at 12:45 and 7:15 p.m.

"The Lake Express service was designed to provide a unique experience, while meeting the needs of the traveling public," said Szallai. "Our riders place a high value on their time aboard our ship, and we will continue to make the necessary enhancements to better serve our customers."

About Lake Express
Entering its fifth year of service, the Lake Express Ferry transports more than 100,000 pleasure and business travelers across Lake Michigan from Milwaukee, Wisconsin to Muskegon, Michigan each year.

Owned and operated in Milwaukee, the high-speed auto ferry is the only one of its kind operating within the continental United States. It is equipped to comfortably transport nearly 250 passengers, 46 vehicles and 12 motorcycles. Conversions may be made to accommodate a total of 114 motorcycles.

Powered by four 3,000 hp diesel engines, the 192-foot-long catamaran crosses Lake Michigan in 2 ½ hours - a fraction of the time it would take to drive the 300 miles around.

Phone reservations can be made by calling 866-914-1010 Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. The Lake Express Internet booking system is available 24 hours a day at http://www.lake-express.com

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