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Penobscot Bay: Historic Schooner Day Sailing Trip

4.7 / 5

95 reviews

Activity provider: Schooner Appledore

Penobscot Bay: Historic Schooner Day Sailing Trip

Activity provider: Schooner Appledore

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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Duration 2 hours
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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 95 reviews

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The 2 hour sailing trip was quite enjoyable. The schooner is well appointed, in good repair, and performed without a hitch. Captain Matt was engaging and informative, and clearly was an expert sailor and knew this craft intimately. The other crew members were engaging and informative and served as the servers for the full bar. Overall, a very enjoyable experience in an extraordinarily scenic part of the country. I thought that the experience was very fairly priced.

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September 22, 2022

Wonderful experience aboard Schooner Appledore. The crew was great, friendly, working hard, very informative about the Schooner's history and adventures. We learned a bit about the history of American sailing vessels and overall had a fantastic smooth sailing experience. It's a short sail and not wildlife centric so for this particular one expect a chill ride out to sea.

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August 29, 2022

The sailing crew were pleasant and informative! The captain was knowledgeable and approachable. We got to participate in hoisting the sails. The fact that there is a container filled with “adult” beverages makes the trip a memorable experience. Be sure to bring your sun hat, sun block, and sunglasses. A pair of binoculars would hurt either. The crew are always willing to take selfies.

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August 6, 2022

Product ID: 231082