About Maine Coast and Harbors Cruise

People have been drawn to the spectacular coast of Maine throughout history. As your small ship winds through scenic rivers, sparkling bays and historic harbors you’ll discover the undeniable magic found along Maine’s coast. From Boothbay to Bar Harbor, Camden to Castine, your journey brings you to charming ports famous for their shipbuilding, beautiful national parks and quaint historic districts.

Stroll the charming village of Belfast, famous for its beautiful Greek revival architecture, marvel at the granite mountains of Acadia National Park, and admire the classic schooners in Camden harbor. Come discover what makes Maine one of the most popular destinations in America.

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Cruise Itinerary

Day
Ports of Call
1
Portland, ME
2
Bar Harbor, ME
3
Castine / Belfast, ME
4
Camden, ME
5
Rockland, ME
6
Boothbay Harbor, ME
7
Bath, ME
8
Portland, ME

Maine Coast and Harbors Cruise

Your journey through the Maine Coast and Harbors will showcase the beauty, history, and culture of incredible areas like Bar Harbor, Camden, and Boothbay.

Ports of Call

  • Portland, ME
  • Bar Harbor, ME
  • Castine / Belfast, ME
  • Camden, ME
  • Rockland, ME
  • Boothbay Harbor, ME
  • Bath, ME
  • Portland, ME

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Day  1
Portland, ME

Begin your adventure with a calm afternoon on the sun deck looking for whales and enjoying the stunning natural beauty of Maine’s rugged coast. Portland Harbor offers spectacular views of the Old Port district and you'll see Cape Elizabeth that marks the entrance to the harbor.

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Day  2
Bar Harbor, ME

Nestled on the east side of Mt. Desert Island, Bar Harbor enchants visitors with its natural beauty, cultural traditions, and endless opportunities for recreation. Visit Acadia National Park and witness breathtaking vistas and an abundance of wildlife in unspoiled habitats. End your day by taking a leisurely walk along the “Shore Path,” where you will be treated to views of the Atlantic Ocean and gorgeous, sprawling homes.

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Acadia National Park

Nestled on the east side of Mount Desert Island and surrounded by Acadia National Park, Bar Harbor has welcomed visitors for centuries. During the 1800s, the breathtaking mountains and seascapes were a source of inspiration for many artists and writers. Prominent figures like Joseph Pulitzer and William Proctor built magnificent cottages in this beautiful coastal community. This bus tour of Acadia National Park includes stops at the summit of Cadillac Mountain, the first land in the United States touched by the morning sun, and Thunder Hole, an inlet naturally carved out of rocks where the waves spout water as high as 40 feet.

 

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Nature Cruise

Cruise past some of the most breathtaking scenery in New England while you get up close and personal with the indigenous wildlife that inhabits the area. An expert naturalist will narrate as you meet the native harbor seals and seek out nesting eagles. Along with the wildlife, highlights will include views of magnificent summer homes, Egg Rock Lighthouse, and Acadia National Park.

 

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Other Bar Harbor Activities

Atlantic Brewing Company
Come see how Bar Harbor's #1 local beers, wines and sodas are produced. Free tastings are offered every day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day. There is an onsite gift shop and tasting room, plus the Knox Road Grille Restaurant.  Website

Abbe Museum-Maine Indian Heritage
The most fascinating journey in Bar Harbor begins at the Abbe Museum. Discover the story of the first people of Maine through exhibitions and programs that span 10,000 years of history, art and archaeology. Learn about the Native people of Maine and enjoy their songs and stories, arts and crafts. Visit the Museum Shop for handcrafted gifts.  Website

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Onboard Entertainment - Jazzou Jones

Jazzou Jones is the composer and performer of toe-tapping piano music.  Prepare to be thrilled by original 1920’s ragtime songs and charmed by some of Jazzou’s own compositions like “High Water” and “Paddlewheel Rag”. Dressed in his ragtime best with a debonair tux, Jazzou brings vintage all-American music to life as soon as his fingers touch the keys!

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Day  3
Castine / Belfast, ME

Home to the Maine Maritime Academy, Castine offers both spectacular harbor views and an area rife with history. Enjoy the town’s many examples of early 19th century architecture. Spend the afternoon exploring Belfast, a quaint coastal community. Stroll through Belfast’s historic district, which showcases magnificent sea captains’ mansions. Art enthusiasts will enjoy visiting this area’s many art galleries.

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Castine Walking Tour

During your walking tour, you will learn about the town's history while enjoying the architectural beauty of its quaint seaport. This tour will cover approximately a 1/2 mile; terrain is both flat and hilly. Comfortable shoes are recommended for this tour.

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Belfast Walking Tour

Located on a hill overlooking the tidal waters of Penobscot Bay, Belfast's history of creativity, innovation and tradition are witnessed throughout the city. The 1800s were a time of great prosperity in Belfast, mostly due to the town's shipbuilding and commerce. The historic district of Belfast proudly showcases magnificent sea captains' mansions in Greek revival and Italianate architecture that have been included on the National Register of Historic Places. Join a local Belfast historian on a one-hour walking tour through the city's Historic Districts, ending at the Belfast Museum, which features exhibits telling the city's fascinating story.

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Day  4
Camden, ME

Full of classic schooners, this charming village is considered the "tall ship capital of Maine". Enjoy the warm summer sun and refreshing sea breezes as you relax and watch beautiful ships sail into the harbor. Walk Camden’s streets lined with shops and art galleries. Bring your camera to capture sweeping ocean vistas, placid coastlines, and panoramic views of Camden, Penobscot Bay and the surrounding islands from atop Mount Battie.

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Narrated Bus Tour

Camden is proud to call itself the "Jewel of the Coast." A quaint seaport town, Camden features 19th century architecture, a harbor full of classic schooners and a beautiful backdrop provided by Camden Hills. A narrated bus tour takes you through Camden Hills State Park, with a stop at the top of Mt. Battie, where you'll have panoramic views of glistening lakes, Camden Harbor, and the islands of Penobscot Bay.

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Other Camden Activities

Old Conway House and Museum
The Old Conway House was built in the 1770s. The antique furniture and farm equipment on display reflect the time period.

Camden Hills State Park
If recreation is on your list, you've come to the right place. Camden Hills State Park offers unlimited hiking opportunities with incredible views of Penobscot Bay and Megunticook Lake atop Mt. Battie and Mt. Megunticook. If you are not into hiking, then consider the auto road to the top of Mt. Battie.  Website

Maine Sport Outfitters Sea Kayaking Adventures
Just across the street in Camden Harbor, Maine Sport Outfitters offers professional sea kayaking tours of Camden Harbor and beyond, led by registered guides. Enjoy two- and four-hour tours that take you out around Curtis Island where you'll see a working lighthouse and great views of the Bay and Camden Hills.  Website

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Onboard Entertainment - Steve Hale

Expert Steve Hale joins the cruise to give guests a glimpse into the life of a real Maine Lobster Man.  He gives a very informative talk on the basics of the Maine Lobster industry and explains the lobster-catching business from start to finish - everything from painting buoy’s to baiting traps to bringing in the final haul.

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Day  5
Rockland, ME

Rockland is an exciting town with a vibrant art culture and thriving lobster industry. Spend your time touring one of Rockland's unique museums, including the Owls Head Transportation Museum and the Farnsworth Art Museum. Explore downtown Rockland that features an eclectic collection of art galleries, or relax on a park bench and watch classic schooners sail through the harbor.

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Lobster Bake Luncheon

Enjoy the flavors of local lobster, clams, and mussels right on the shore of beautiful Penobscot Bay. Dine under a covered tent while listening to fabulous musical entertainment. This event truly encapsulates everything wonderful about the Maine experience.

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Captain Jack’s Lobsterboat Tour

During this memorable tour, board an authentic, 30-foot lobsterboat and learn firsthand about catching lobster on the shores of Maine. Watch as the Captain hauls in traps and see all of the delightful creatures these traps can capture.

 

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City Tour / Farnsworth Museum

Famous for its mountainous and rugged shore, Rockland is one of Maine's unique treasures. Enjoy a narrated tour of Rockland, which will make frequent stops around town, including the famous Farnsworth Art Museum where you will enjoy a one-hour tour. The Farnsworth Art Museum pays homage to Maine artists throughout its permanent collection, "Maine in America." Moreover, it is one of only two centers in the country dedicated to the three generations of Wyeths. 

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Owls Head Transportation Museum

Take a step back in time at the Owls Head Transportation Museum, where pioneer-era aircraft and automobiles from the late 19th century and early 20th century are on permanent display. Enjoy a guided tour of the museum's outstanding collection. Also, don't miss out on your chance to ride in a Model T.

 

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Other Rockland Activities

Waldoborough Historical Society Museum
Waldoboro was once host to shipyards, which launched fleets of schooners in the great age of sail. Now it is a well-preserved village that reflects such early prosperity. The museum includes an array of antiques, unusual hooked rugs, quilts, toys, early firefighting engines, an 1857 one-room schoolhouse with books, quill pens and bell, a furnished Victorian bedroom, and a 19th century farmhouse kitchen.  Website

Breakwater Kayak Co., LLC
Join our Registered Maine Guides for a safe and fun kayaking adventure on Penobscot Bay, local lakes, and beyond. Explore the marine life and learn about the area's rich history.  Website

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Day  6
Boothbay Harbor, ME

Known as the “Boating Capital of New England,” Boothbay Harbor overflows with fishing vessels and pleasure craft in equal numbers. Walk along Boothbay Harbor’s flower-lined streets, dotted with art galleries, antique stores and specialty shops. Don't forget to visit the famous Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens.

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Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens Tour

The Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens is one of the most distinguished botanical destinations in the country, and one of Maine's top attractions. Its exquisite gardens, dramatic and compelling natural landscape, stunning Visitor Center, and waterfront make it unique, charming and totally captivating. A guided tour will introduce you to the history, horticultural details, and colorful explanations of these gardens. Included will be the visitor favorite, the Lerner Garden of the Five Senses, a garden designed to appeal to each sense. After the tour, visit the gift shop or stroll the gardens on your own.

 *Photo by Barbara Freeman, Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens.

 

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Day  7
Bath, ME

Long known as the “City of Ships,” Bath finds its identity in shipbuilding. From its architecture and cultural offerings to its urban downtown, Bath’s shipbuilding roots define its character. Walk Bath’s streets and admire the seaport’s tree-lined avenues, graced with classic examples of American architecture or explore the nationally acclaimed Maine Maritime Museum, which offers a variety of exhibits about Maine’s nautical history.

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Maine Maritime Museum

Long known as the "City of Ships," Bath has a centuries-old shipbuilding tradition. Shipyards line its river's edge and Bath-built vessels sail the seas of the world. Bath is home to the nationally acclaimed Maine Maritime Museum, which offers a variety of exhibits on Maine's nautical history. Take a guided or self-guided tour of the museum and experience Maine's rich seafaring history. From watercraft and lobstering to shipbuilding and sea trade, hear stories about dangerous voyages to distant lands, see how a shipbuilder's family lived during the 1890s, and discover the fascinating lore surrounding Maine's maritime culture.

 

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Onboard Entertainment - Roberta DeMuro

Roberta DeMuro moved to Maine in her early 20’s, and has been entertaining audiences for most of her adult life. On the Maine Coast and Harbors Cruise, Roberta provides guests with an unforgettable music experience with a sampling from a repertoire of thousands of songs.  Roberta performs a fun set of old favorites and loves taking song requests as well!

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Day  8
Portland, ME

After a refreshing and relaxing week of cruising Maine’s coast and harbors, enjoy a day exploring the city of Portland. This charming area is located in the heart of Casco Bay and offers something for everyone. Visit one of Portland’s many museums and art galleries or peruse the many specialty boutiques in the city’s celebrated Old Port.

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Other Portland Attractions

Old Port
Portland's Old Port is one of the most successful revitalized warehouse districts in the country. Seamlessly connected to the waterfront, the Old Port is a working waterfront and a chic shopping, dining, and entertainment district. Taking a walk at the water's edge along Commercial Street provides a window into the latter. Just steps from the water, one can stroll down the cobblestone streets and experience the quaint charm of this district. The boutique shopping, one-of-a-kind stores, lobster-serving restaurants or the latest nouveau cuisine, and a vibrant nightlife are all unparalleled by any other New England city. Website

The Wadsworth-Longfellow House
The Wadsworth-Longfellow House has both historical and literary importance It is both the oldest standing structure on the Portland peninsula and the childhood home of famous American poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807–1882). Within this home's walls lived four generations of one remarkable family that made significant contributions to the political, literary, and cultural life of New England and the United States. After growing up here, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow went on to become one of the most famous men of his time. Website

Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad Company and Museum
Take a trip back in time at the Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad Co. & Museum. Enjoy magnificent views of Portland's waterfront aboard antique rail cars pulled by hard-working steam and diesel locomotives. Don't miss the unique two-foot gauge trains that linked rural Maine to the rest of the world. Website

Portland Harbor Museum
Founded in 1987, the Portland Harbor Museum is an exciting place to explore and celebrate the rich maritime history of Portland Harbor. Located on the South Portland waterfront, the museum lies within the granite walls of Fort Preble, adjacent to Spring Point Ledge Light. Other points of interest like Bug Light and the Liberty Ship Memorial are less than a mile away. Website

Portland Museum of Art
As the largest and oldest art museum in the state of Maine, the Portland Museum of Art serves as a vital cultural resource for all who visit. The Museum's collection of more than 17,000 objects is housed in three historic and remarkable buildings showcasing three centuries of art and architecture. Website

The Portland Observatory
The Portland Observatory, built in 1807, is the last surviving maritime signal tower in the United States. Using both a telescope and lantern, two-way communication between ship and shore was possible several hours before an incoming vessel reached the docks. Greater Portland Landmarks, a non-profit organization, maintains the building. Guided tours with discussion about the history of the building and the neighborhood are provided by volunteers. Website

Victoria Mansion
Victoria Mansion is one of the finest examples of residential design from the pre-Civil War era in America. With superb architecture and well-preserved original interiors among the most lavish and sophisticated during this era, this mansion is an unparalleled document of America’s highest aspirations in architecture, interior design, and the decorative arts. The history, a quick tour, and present-day efforts aimed at restoring the Mansion convey the significance of this unique site. Website

Downeast Duck Adventures
Splash into history on this fun and fully-narrated 65-minute adventure through Portland. As you twist and turn through the Old Port, we'll tell you about the legends and lore that have shaped Portland into one of the most historical cities in the nation. Learn about places of interest to visit and many little known facts about the city that is nicknamed 'The Phoenix.' Then, hold onto your tail feathers as you drive into the waters of Casco Bay to view Portland's working waterfront, Calendar Islands and marine wildlife. Website

Eagle Island Tours
Casco Bay, one of the most beautiful waterways in the United States, lies just beyond Old Port. Eagle Island Tours offers you the opportunity to see all of the beautiful sights the area has to offer on our seasonal daily sightseeing cruises and trolley tours. Whether you are looking to relax and unwind on a sunset lighthouse cruise, see Portland's landmarks by trolley or embark on an adventure to Eagle Island, you've come to the right place! Website

Independence

The Independence is equipped with the largest staterooms in the industry with most suites featuring private balconies. Featuring the latest in navigation and safety technology, the Independence is fully stabilized, allowing American Cruise Lines to reach even more fascinating destinations in smooth comfort. Complete with an exercise area and putting green, the Independence offers guests a relaxed and casual atmosphere.


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Owner's Suite (Private Balcony)

Deckplan

At 350 sq. ft. the Owner’s Suite is an oversized room for guests looking to enjoy complete comfort in their own private sanctuary. Featuring a large sitting area you’ll enjoy the passing scenery from your private walk-out balcony. This suite also features a full hotel-sized bathroom, generous closest space and a writing desk.

AAC (Private Balcony)

Deckplan

These staterooms are centrally located on the top deck which provides stunning panoramic views. Enjoy 283 sq. ft. of comfortable living space, comparable to fine hotel rooms. These staterooms also offer private walk-out balconies and a generously sized bathroom.

AAL (Private Balcony)

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The AAL staterooms are designed to offer the most space and modern amenities. With 263 sq. ft. of living space, these rooms offer a private walk-out balcony to enjoy the passing scenery, writing desk and full hotel-sized bathroom.

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These comfortable staterooms located on the main deck offer 258 sq. ft. of living space and are a perfect place to unwind after a day of exploration. They feature hotel size bathroom, interior entrances, and large opening picture windows for scenic views.

Single (Private Balcony)

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Single staterooms offer the solo traveler a quiet enclave to rest and relax. Our single suites feature Twin sized beds, spacious bathrooms and your very own private balcony.

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Located on the main deck, our single staterooms offer guests 207 sq. ft. of space with premium beds, spacious bathrooms, and an opening picture window with private views.

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American Glory

The American Glory offers discerning travelers the most unique and modern style of small ship cruising. In each port it visits, the American Glory gives guests a glimpse into the cultural heritage that is the fabric of our great nation. The casual atmosphere onboard allows guests to relax and enjoy the company of fellow travelers who share their interests in American history and culture. The spacious public lounges and observation decks offer amazing views of the passing scenery.


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AAC (Private Balcony)

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These 283 sq. ft. staterooms are located on the top deck which provides privacy and great panoramic views. The living space is comparable to that of a fine hotel room and offers a writing desk, a closet, a full-size bathroom and a private balcony.

AAL (Private Balcony)

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AAL staterooms are a spacious retreat with all the amenities a modern traveler expects. Each room offers 263 sq. ft. of space encompassing a hotel size bathroom, a private balcony, and a large opening picture window.

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AA Category staterooms are the perfect place to unwind after a day of exploration. Each 258 sq. ft. room has a large opening picture window with views of the passing scenery. The room also offers a hotel-size bathroom and plenty of closet space.

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Our category A staterooms are comfortable and functional rooms that offer two Twin beds or one King sized bed, writing desks with stationary, satellite TV and a private bathroom with full shower.

Single (Private Balcony)

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The intimate atmosphere of each single stateroom is ideal for the solo traveler. At 248 sq. ft. each room has a twin bed, a full bathroom, a private balcony, and plenty of room to spread out and make yourself at home.

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Enjoy modern amenities and the comforts of home in each single stateroom. Each room is a spacious 207 sq. ft. and has a twin bed, a full bathroom, closet space, and plenty of room to spread out.

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American Constellation

American Constellation is the latest cruise ship from American Cruise Lines. Uniquely designed to navigate the inland waterways of the East Coast, American Constellation brings guests to beautiful ports the larger ships can't access. In the intimate atmosphere onboard, guests will find the largest staterooms in the industry, spacious lounges and observation decks and private balconies that offer spectacular views of the passing landscapes.


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Owner's Suite (Private Balcony)

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At over 450 sq. ft. the American Constellation Owner's Suites are both spacious and elegantly appointed. Located on a private deck, each secluded suite offers our distinguished travelers amazing views from the private walk-out balcony. The well-furnished suites come fully equipped and offer a sitting area, writer’s desk, sliding glass door and full hotel-sized bathroom.

Veranda Suite (Private Balcony)

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With a generous 450 sq. ft. of relaxing space, each Veranda suite includes a private walk-out balcony to enjoy the panoramic views. Considered one of the finest staterooms on any cruise ship, guests will enjoy full hotel-sized bathrooms and large living area with sliding glass door.

AAM (Private Balcony)

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Our AAM staterooms are designed to offer the privacy you desire while cruising. Located on the fourth deck, these spacious staterooms are elegantly furnished and feature floor to ceiling sliding glass doors that lead to a private walk-out balcony where the grandness of the Northeast, Hudson, and Southeast scenery can be enjoyed.

AAC (Private Balcony)

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Featuring the most modern amenities, our spacious AAC staterooms offer the perfect retreat for travelers. With over 350 sq. ft., each stateroom offers all of the comforts of a fine hotel and is configured to maximize the interior living space. These stateroom also feature full sliding glass doors and a private walk-out balcony which provides spectacular panoramic views of the surrounding scenery.

AAL (Private Balcony)

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Our AAL staterooms offer all the comforts of home and amazing panoramic views. At 350 sq. ft. each room includes an interior entrance, expansive private walk-out balcony, and a large sitting area. These staterooms are the perfect sanctuary to relax in after a day of exploration.

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Centrally located, these 302 sq. ft. staterooms offer amazing views and easy access to the lounge areas. You’ll enjoy the expansive views out of your own large opening picture window. Each room comes equipped with a large closet and hotel-size bathrooms.

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The class A stateroom offer guests quiet and comfort during their cruise. Featuring a desk, satellite TV, large oversized picture window and a spacious living area at 260 sq. ft., these relaxing staterooms are ideal for coastal cruising.

Single (Private Balcony)

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Solo travelers will find relaxing comfort in our single staterooms complete with a walk-out private balcony. Enjoy one of the largest single staterooms in the industry at 250 sq. ft., featuring a comfortable Twin bed, large sliding glass door, and spacious full-sized bathrooms.

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Find modern amenities and relaxing comfort in our 226 sq. ft. single staterooms. With a large picture window, Twin size beds and sizable bathrooms, these single staterooms are perfect for solo travelers.

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Maine Lobsterbake Cruise


Mention New England and one of the first things that comes to mind is lobster. Long known for having the tastiest lobsters in the world, the waters around the Maine Coast and New England Islands are full of amazing seafood that highlights these cruises.

We offer two intriguing cruises that feature traditional lobsterbakes; the Maine Coast and Harbors cruise and the New England Islands cruise. Both feature guided shore excursions to some of New England's more famous destinations and American Cruise Lines' acclaimed personalized service.

On this cruise, indulge in many flavorful lobster dishes including tenderloin and stuffed lobster tail, Cape Cod lobster pot pie, and whole steamed lobsters. 

 

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Eagle Society Cruise


With spectacular coastlines, quaint and charming seaside towns and the  freshest lobster, Maine is the ideal summer cruise itinerary. Our Maine Coast & Harbors cruise is an 8-day journey through the pristine waterways, hidden islands and historical destinations of this beautiful region. Eagle Society members will enjoy fascinating maritime museums, guided shore excursions and an authentic New England lobsterbake.

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