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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Other Portland Attractions
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 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