Development of Discovery Pier Ties Cruise Ships to Traverse City

The transformation of a former coal dock on West Grand Traverse Bay is opening the door for more cruise ships to come to Traverse City.

A long term plan is underway for the development of the publicly accessible Discovery Pier in Greilickville.

In December it was designated as a cruise port by the U.S. Coast Guard.

Local officials who want to grab a piece of growing Great Lakes cruise ship activity have organized as the Traverse City Cruise Ship Consortium.

Discover Pier’s certification will allow smaller cruise ships to tie up to shore, making it easier for passengers to come ashore for day activities.