Hoffmann Marine Expands Fleet with Sip n’ Sail Acquisition

May 31, 2024

The Hoffmann Family of Companies (HF Companies), a US-based family-owned private equity firm, announced today the acquisition of Sip n’ Sail Cruises, a Mackinac Island-based company known for its diverse range of cruises and private charter options around the island. This acquisition enhances Hoffmann Marine’s portfolio, expanding their U.S. dinner cruise operations to a total of 22 vessels across seven states.

Dinner Cruise Leader Now Operates 22 Vessels Nationwide

"The Hoffmann Family's reputation in the marine industry is well known and the opportunity to take Sip n' Sail Cruises to the next level with such a nationally recognized company is a logical fit for us,” said Veronica Dobrowolski, General Manager of Sip n’ Sail Cruises. “We are excited and looking forward to growing their brand and providing greater opportunities for our guests."

Guests aboard Sip n’ Sail Cruises enjoy 90 minutes of breathtaking panoramic sea views. The fleet features the Robin E, a 55-foot vessel, and the Isle Royale Queen III, an 81-foot vessel equipped with multiple viewing areas, heated cabins, restrooms, a full-service cash bar and live entertainment. Sip n’ Sail Cruises elevates the sailing experience, offering unparalleled photo opportunities as customers glide along the shoreline of Mackinac Island.

Jenny Gezella, President of Hoffmann Marine, remarked, "As soon as Shepler’s Ferry brought me to Mackinac Island, I went straight to see the Sip n’ Sail fleet. Veronica Dobrowolski, Andrew Doud and their team have done an outstanding job delivering first-class cruise experiences, offering guests an intimate view of the island's beauty. Their operation is a perfect addition to our dinner cruise business, and we are thrilled to welcome Veronica and her team into our family."

To learn more about Sip n’ Sail Cruises, visit or call 844.906.9006.

About Hoffmann Family of Companies:

The Hoffmann Family of Companies (HF Companies), a multi-vertical family-owned company consisting of over 100 national brands, employs 9,000 global employees with businesses located in 30 countries and 250 locations around the world. The HF Companies’ verticals include Aviation, Agriculture, Financial Services, Hospitality, Business & Professional Services, Industrial, Manufacturing, Marine, Media & Marketing, Real Estate and Transportation. For more information, visit

About Sip n’ Sail Cruises:

Sip n' Sail Cruises is Mackinac Island's premiere attraction. Enjoy 90 minutes of panoramic views and an unforgettable evening aboard Robin E, a 55’ vessel or Isle Royale Queen III, an 81′ well-appointed vessel with multiple viewing areas, heated cabins, restrooms, a full-service cash bar and live entertainment. Take advantage of amazing photo opportunities as you skirt the shoreline of Mackinac Island, view the elegant Victorian, turn of the century homes, and enjoy a spectacular sunset as you cruise under the Mighty Mackinac Bridge. Whether you are by yourself, on a date or in a group you will have a memorable experience on a Sip n’ Sail Cruise with our experienced and friendly crew.

Cruise tickets are available for purchase online only at, and we are located at the Coal Dock, between the Taxi Office and Seabiscuit Cafe.

Private charters are also available. The lsle Royale Queen III and Robin E are the perfect venues to create a one-of-a-kind event for your special gathering. Please call for more information.

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