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Penobscot Bay: Historic Schooner Day Sailing Trip

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53 reviews

Penobscot Bay: Historic Schooner Day Sailing Trip

Activity provider: Schooner Appledore
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From US$ 59.95 per person

Enjoy a sightseeing sailing trip aboard the Appledore II, a legendary wooden schooner. Depart from picturesque Penobscot Bay and take in Maine's rugged coastline with its famous lighthouses, wildlife, summer estates, islands, and lobster boats.

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  • Sail past local Camden and Penobscot Bay landmarks
  • Take part in hoisting the sails and a turn at the wheel
  • Enjoy cocktails, beer, wine, and soft drinks available to purchase
Full description
Experience one of the top things to do in Camden sailing along Maine's magnificent rocky coastline. Climb aboard the elegant Appledore II, a historic schooner. Feel like an adventurer from the 19th-century while enjoying state-of-the-art accommodations onboard a modern windjammer. Stroll along the wide decks as you take in the sights without needing to duck beneath the rigging. With a capacity of only 49 passengers, there is abundant seating to make yourself comfortable for this intimate sailing trip. Enjoy the chance to sail your own wooden ship as the crew welcomes your participation. Offer to help raise the sails and take a turn at the wheel of this hard-working, seaworthy schooner. Ask your crew about the history of the boat which has sailed around the world, docking at many harbors along the way. Twice a year, she still sails the Eastern seaboard between her 2 home ports of Camden, Maine and Key West, Florida.  Start the tour by departing from Bayview Landing and heading out of Camden Harbor. Discover why Camden is often called the jewel of the Maine coast as you sail past the impressive lighthouse, Curtis Island Light, dating from 1836, and into Penobscot Bay. Considered to be one of the top cruising bays in the world, Penobscot Bay will amaze you with its uninhabited islands, wildlife, and views of Camden Hills and other coastal mountains dropping off into the sea. During the tour, look along the shore for Mount Battie, historic inns, and elegant summer mansions of the rich and famous with their million dollar yachts. Watch lobstermen hauling in their traps. On a typical day, you may see porpoises playing in the water, ospreys, eagles hunting for fish, and even the occasional whale. Watch for seals sunning themselves on rocks and cute guillernots (cousins of the puffin), with their bright red feet, wobbling as they walk along the rocky shoreline. Quench your thirst with cocktails, beer, wine and soft drinks, all available for purchase during your sailing cruise. As Camden Harbor comes back into view, relax and feel the wind sweep through your hair as your memorable sailing ship cruise draws to a close.
  • Sailing trip aboard a historic schooner
  • Blankets
  • Cocktails, beer, wine, and soft drinks (available for purchase)
  • Gratuities

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Meeting point

Next to Camden Town Landing, waterside of Peter Ott's Restaurant. 18 Bay View St, Camden, ME 04843, USA

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Important information

What to bring

  • Passport or ID card
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hat

Know before you go

  • Bring your hat, sunglasses, and a camera
  • Restrooms are available on board
  • Boarding starts 30 minutes before departure
  • Please bring a valid government-issued photo ID
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.7 /5

based on 53 reviews

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Excellent! Crew was very polite and helpful including the host checking in guests on the pier. Trip (voyage?) was everything our group wanted - comfortable, interesting, and well guided by Capt. Shawn. Shawn had a lot of knowledge about the vessel, the area, and the physics of sails and wind. Our group of seven enjoyed the entire excursion immensely! Thank you all for the great experience - Shawn, Andy, & Tristan.

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August 26, 2021

This was a wonderful experience. Andy, Maddy and Dan were terrific hosts. We were on the Appledore II. What terrific young people. They had great senses of humor and were very informative. They made every effort to ensure a good time by the guests. I do recommend checking the forecast. There wasn't a breath of air so all the effort with the sails was for naught. Most of the voyage was under motor.

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August 11, 2021

Great cruise. However they motored even though they had the sails up

October 8, 2021

Product ID: 231082