Sightseeing Day Sail for Two in Camden, Maine

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Why we included this experience:

  • Laidback, leisurely sightseeing at its best 
  • Sail on an iconic schooner 
  • Chance to see whales and porpoises

experience rating

9.8
211 Reviews
Overall rating

Experience description

The iconic Maine coast is as beautiful a place for a sailing trip as you can imagine. With the wind ruffling your hair, board the Surprise, a traditional fishing schooner first launched in 1918. This gorgeous vessel has a proud maritime heritage, restored several times over nearly a century, and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, so a voyage on the Surprise through Penobscot Bay is one of sheer elegance. May Tinggly suggest bringing along a bottle of chilled wine and maybe even some lobster rolls to enjoy as the scenery drifts by?

A typical tour may take in the Penobscot Bay, and the Camden Hills, “where the mountains reach the sky”, see luxurious summer estates along Rockport coast, or head toward Islesboro Island. It’s common to spot seals and porpoises basking in the dappled sunlight, and even bald eagles and whales, so if you have binoculars or a camera, be sure to bring them along. Your crew will also be happy to illuminate the history of lobster fishing in the region, and ensure you are comfortable at all times. This gift experience in Maine is truly sublime.


Highlights:

  • Cruise the stunning Maine coastline 
  • Your chance to sail on a beautiful old schooner 
  • See the diverse wildlife of Penobscot Bay

What's Included:

  • Sailing trip

Good to know:

  • Duration approx 2 hours, starts at 10pm, 12:30pm, 3pm, 5:15pm
  • All cruises are non-smoking 
  • Feel free to bring your own lunch, snacks and drinks including beer or wine 
  • Hats, sunglasses and suncream are a good idea 
  • Please wear white-soled shoes if possible to avoid marking deck
  • There is two-hour parking at the harbour parking lot and pretty much everywhere in town, which is enforced
  • There is a marine head (toilet) on board

Experience details

For 2 persons
Warm season
Multiple times a day
2h

Reviews

Experience reviews: (1)

Chapin and Olga

A fantastic seafaring adventure! My wife and I were booked on the 10 a.m. sail. Once the schooner Surprise made it out of the harbor, the crew (our skipper Laird and his mate, the college-age granddaughter of one of the previous owners) raised the sails, cut the engine and we were underway. A brisk breeze pushed our speed up to almost 6 knots, thrilling all on board. Laird, barefoot and bearded, treated us and our fellow passengers to a fascinating, and humorous, history of the 100-year-old vessel, lobstering and other nautical tales, never missing a beat even when his cell phone fell into the bay. After an hour heading away from Camden, we came about for the one-hour return trip. Even though the wind died down, it was still glorious. Highly recommended!


Location

Camden, ME 04843, USA
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