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Pirates Seen in Every Cove – ‘Attacks’ Reported Likely      Those Mid-Lakes marauders are at it again!   Aug. 8 is Pirate Day aboard all Mid-Lakes Navigation cruises sailing Skaneateles Lake and the Erie Canal. Be on the lookout for takeovers, treasure heists and tons of water play.   Continuing his antics from last year, Capt. Jack will make a return appearance on the Judge Ben Wiles. “I’ll read to the kids, teach them about pirates, and prepare them for imminent attack,” he says, noting that he ad libs a lot and stays in character as a “goofy, crazy, fun-loving pirate” throughout the day.   Crew members will dress the part, and passengers are encouraged to do so, too. Prizes will be awarded for best boy’s costume and best girl’s costume on each of the sightseeing and lunch cruises, and for best boy’s, girl’s and adult costumes on the dinner cruises.   So that everyone can get in on the fun, pirate mugs, bandanas, eye patches, skull rings, earrings and swords will be for sale, and children will receive a free tattoo, trinket and pirate hat. A pirate menu will be available on the lunch cruises, and pirate drinks (both alcoholic and non-alcoholic) will be offered on all cruises.   The mailboat and lunch cruises on Skaneateles Lake are already booked, but space remains on the following:   • Lunch Cruise – 11 a.m. -1 p.m., on the Erie Canal (leaves from Dutchman’s Landing, 7490 Hillside Road, Baldwinsville). $29 adults; $24 children. Reservations required.   • Capt. Hat’s Mighty Sights (sightseeing cruises) – 2, 3 and 5 p.m., on Skaneateles Lake. $12 adults; $8 children; $40 family.   • Pirate Dinner Cruises – 6-9 p.m., on Skaneateles Lake and on the Erie Canal. $50 adults; $40 children. Reservations required.   • Take-Out Cruise – 6:30-8 p.m., on Skaneateles Lake. $15 adults; $10 children.   “We’re asking the entire shoreline community to help us keep the marauders at bay,” says Sarah Wiles, a co-owner and director of marketing at Mid-Lakes Navigation, tongue firmly in cheek.   For more information, call Mid-Lakes Navigation at (315) 685-8500 or go to www.midlakesnav.com.

Posted: Monday, July 23rd, 2012 @ 9:06 pm by Curt
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Music, Moonlight Set Stage for Mid-Lakes Navigation Theme Cruises
Pirates return, too!

As if champagne, a prime rib dinner, and Central New York’s majestic waterways weren’t reason enough to take a Mid-Lakes Navigation cruise, now there are a few more.

Throughout the summer, Mid-Lakes Navigation will offer a variety of special events and theme cruises.

“We’ve been in business many years, and we know that people are looking for different kinds of experiences,” says Sarah Wiles, a co-owner of Mid-Lakes Navigation. “So, to keep things fresh, we’ve added new sightseeing and dinner options.”

Included among them:

DJ Dinosaur Dinner, July 23 and Aug. 6

This three-hour dinner cruise along the Erie Canal, departing at 6 p.m., features entertainment by the Great Music Company and catering by Dinosaur Bar-B-Que. Tickets are $53 adults, $38 children.

Full Moon Cruise, July 25, Aug. 24 and Sept. 23

This one-hour sightseeing cruise on Skaneateles Lake, departing at 9:30 p.m. in July and August and 8:30 p.m. in September, offers a romantic nightcap aboard the Judge Ben Wiles, with “moon music” in the background. Tickets are $12.

Glen Haven Excursion, Aug. 1 and Sept. 5

This four-hour cruise, departing at 10 a.m. aboard the Judge Ben Wiles, visits the south end of Skaneateles Lake, recounting the Glen Haven Water Cure and other historical attractions. Tickets are $50 adults, $38 children, and include a continental breakfast and buffet lunch.

Donna Colton Live, Aug. 2

This two-hour cruise on Skaneateles Lake, departing at 7 p.m., features musical entertainment by Donna Colton and Sam Patterelli. Tickets are $30 per person and include one cocktail.

Dixieland Dinner Cruise, Aug. 4

This three-hour dinner cruise, departing at 6 p.m., travels the Erie Canal and features entertainment by Dick Sheridan’s Soda Ash Trio. Tickets are $50 adults, $41 children.

Pirate Day, Aug. 11

All cruises throughout the day, on both Skaneateles Lake and the Erie Canal, will have a pirate theme. Prizes will be awarded for best costumes, and drink specials and pirate loot will be offered, along with lots of other surprises.

Reservations are required for most theme cruises, and may be made by calling 315-685-8500.

For more information on Mid-Lakes Navigation cruises—and coupons—go to http://www.midlakesnav.com or become a fan on Facebook.

Posted: Thursday, July 15th, 2010 @ 6:19 pm by Curt
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Mid-Lakes Canal Cruises Offer Idyllic Way to Explore Upstate New York

Summertime, and the living is easy.

That’s particularly true if you’re cruising the New York State Canal System at about 7 mph on the Emita II.

Mid-Lakes Navigation offers all-day, two- and three-day cruises aboard the Emita II, a double-decked tour boat that accommodates up to 42 passengers. Tours depart from Syracuse, Oswego, Amsterdam, Buffalo and Macedon.

Doug Wilson, of Macedon, recently took the daylong cruise from Syracuse to Oswego along the Oswego Canal, which runs 23.7 miles and connects Oswego to the Erie Canal at Three Rivers, where the Seneca, Oneida and Oswego rivers converge. The cruise passes through seven locks and includes a side trip to the H. Lee White Marine Museum in Oswego.

Wilson started taking Mid-Lakes Navigation canal cruises in 1994, and found them so relaxing that he has taken close to a dozen since. His original goal was to traverse all four canals—the Eastern Erie Canal, the Western Erie Canal, the Oswego Canal and the Cayuga-Seneca Canal. Once he did that, he began to retake the cruises in reverse.

“The different sections of the canal system offer very different experiences,” he says, noting that the eastern section, which runs along the Mohawk River, is his favorite.

“Along the eastern section, the river gets wider the further east you go, so there are massive dam structures at each lock,” he says. “The central section passes through some small towns and undeveloped areas—the edges of the canal there are often irregular. The western section, which is man-made, is uniform in width. It passes through 11 canal towns and has a 60-mile stretch with no locks, but 15 lift bridges that must be raised to allow boats to pass.

“If you haven’t done them all, you haven’t gotten the full experience.”

The Emita’s captain is Dan Wiles, now in his 31st year at the helm. Wiles notes that almost 30 percent of his passengers have sailed previously with Mid-Lakes.

“With the wide-open spaces, the wildlife and the scale of the canal system, these cruises are a lot more picturesque than first-time passengers expect,” he says. “It keeps them coming back for more.

“The biggest charge I get is from hearing passengers say this was the best vacation of their life, and so much more than they expected.”

Mid-Lakes Navigation was founded in 1968 by Dan’s father, Peter Wiles Sr., and remains a family business. In addition to the one- to three-day canal cruises, Mid-Lakes offers self-skippered canalboat charters, and sightseeing, dinner, jazz, brunch and lunch cruises on both the Erie Canal and Skaneateles Lake.

For more information on Mid-Lakes Navigation cruises, which run through early October, go to http://www.midlakesnav.com or call 315-685-8500 or 1-800-545-4318.

Posted: Tuesday, June 15th, 2010 @ 11:33 am by Curt
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Mailboat Cruises begin on Skaneateles Lake
Mailboat Cruises begin on Skaneateles Lake
Wednesday, July 1, 2009 First day of Mid-Lakes newest cruise, “Take Out” (or just go
for a boat ride) Monday – Thursday, 6:30 – 8:00. Bring something to eat or just
enjoy the view – and the bar! $12 adult/$8 child.
Mailboat Cruises begin on Skaneateles Lake. Monday –
Saturday 10 am Perfect 3 hour sightseeing cruise.

Mid-Lakes Navigation Co., Ltd.
11 Jordan St., PO Box 61
Skaneateles, NY  13152

315-685-7566  fax

Posted: Tuesday, June 30th, 2009 @ 5:07 pm by Curt
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