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, 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, known 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.

Ask about Savings and our exclusive Portland Pre-Cruise Package which includes a stay at the Marriott Residence located in the heart of downtown, steps from the dock, and a city tour.  See the Schedules & Rates tab for Current Savings.

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Cruise Itinerary

Ports of Call
Portland, ME
Bar Harbor, ME
Castine / Belfast, ME
Camden, ME
Rockland, ME
Boothbay Harbor, ME
Bath, ME
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

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

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Daily excursions subject to change.

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Premium Package

Our custom Premium Pre-Cruise Package provides you with a seamless way to experience Portland and easily board the ship. Arrive the day before your cruise and American Cruise Lines will handle the rest. The package includes a 1 night stay at the Marriott Residence, located in the heart of downtown and steps away from the dock.

On the morning of your cruise enjoy breakfast and a guided city tour of Portland. Immerse yourself in the maritime heritage of Maine’s largest city-by-the-sea, as you view Longfellow’s boyhood home and the elegant Victorian Mansions that overlook the islands of Casco Bay. Stop at the famous Portland Head Lighthouse, a historic landmark and the most photographed lighthouse in America.

The tour concludes at the ship, where your luggage will be waiting for you in your stateroom. Enjoy a relaxing afternoon cruise out of Portland Harbor as you begin your amazing journey with us.

Pre-Cruise Packages must be reserved at least 30 days before your cruise date. Please call (800) 460-4518 for pricing and availability.


Pre-Cruise Tour of Portland

Meet in the hotel lobby after breakfast to begin your exploration of Portland, Maine’s largest city-by-the-sea.

Immerse yourself in its rich maritime heritage, as you view Longfellow’s boyhood home and the elegant Victorian Mansions that overlook the islands of Casco Bay. Stop at the famous Portland Head Lighthouse, a historic landmark and the most photographed lighthouse in America.

The tour concludes at the ship in time for embarkation and an afternoon cruise out of Portland Harbor.

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Day 1
Portland, ME

Portland is a region that perfectly blends the present with the past. The Old Port waterfront is made up of working fishing wharves and converted warehouses that now host a variety of eclectic restaurants and shops. 

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. Cape Elizabeth marks the entrance to the Portland Harbor where you can witness spectacular views as you start your journey with us.

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Day 2
Bar Harbor, ME

The natural beauty that surrounds Bar Harbor is accented with ocean cliffs, glacier‐formed lakes and valleys, stunning mountain vistas, and pine forest. This beauty has been captured in the works of Thomas Cole, Frederic Edwin Church, and many other great artists.

Lobstering is a centuries‐old industry that continues to thrive in Bar Harbor as well as boat building, another traditional business that is an important part of the economy.  Though Bar Harbor region is best known for its outdoor activities, it is also home to small museums, cultural attractions, and historically significant landmarks.

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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 1800's, 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 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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Onboard Entertainment - Jazzou Jones

Jazzou Jones is the composer and performer of toe-tapping piano music. Prepare to be dazzled by original 1920’s ragtime songs and charmed by some of 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!

Entertainment times, days, and performers are subject to change.

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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 its historic district, which showcases magnificent sea captains’ mansions. Art enthusiasts will enjoy visiting this area’s many art galleries.

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Castine Historical Walking Excursion

Castine was a significant military site through the American Revolution and War of 1812.
Join a local guide on a walking exploration of Castine’s Historic District with a stop at the Historical Society.

Learn about the town’s rich history and enjoy its scenic waterfront, architecture, gardens, and elm trees. Visit the nearby boatyard and Maine Maritime Academy’s waterfront training area, before exploring Castine’s historic district. After, enjoy free time strolling through the unique shops and galleries. 


Belfast Historical Walking Exploration

Located on a hill overlooking the tidal waters of Penobscot Bay, Belfast's creativity, innovation, and tradition are demonstrated throughout the city. The 1800s were a time of great prosperity in Belfast, mostly due to the town's shipbuilding and commerce.

Proudly showcased throughout its streets are former sea captains' mansions in Greek revival and Italianate architecture, which have been included on the National Register of Historic Places. End the tour at the Belfast Museum, featuring exhibits which illustrate 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.


Camden Historical Walking Exploration - Complimentary Excursion

Join a local guide for a walking exploration of Camden, the prettiest harbor on the Maine Coast. The tour highlights the history of Camden from its industrial beginnings through its current status as the hub for yachting in Maine. Enjoy the beautiful architecture and landscape design as you weave through the streets of this quaint port.

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Lobstering & Lighthouse Cruise

Board the Lively Lady for a cruise of Camden Harbor. Watch a live lobster fishing demonstration presented by Captain Dominic during which you may see lobsters, baby lobsters, star fish, sea urchins, crabs, mussels, and an occasional surprise from the deep! Along your journey, view Curtis Island lighthouse, traditional sailing vessels, Maine's scenic coastline, and seaside mansions only visible from the water. In addition to seagulls and cormorants, you may also often see harbor seals, porpoises, bald eagles, osprey, and guillemots (a cousin to the puffin).

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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 which 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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Rockland City Museum Exploration - Complimentary Excursion

Explore the museums of Rockland with visits to Owls Head Transportation Museum and Farnsworth Museum. The Owls Head Transportation Museum has one of the finest collections of pioneer-era aircraft and automobiles in the world. More than 100 historic aircraft, automobiles, bicycles, carriages, and engines are on permanent display.Enjoy the museum’s outstanding collection, view late 19th-century automobiles, or even ride in a Model T.

The Farnsworth Museum features the permanent collection, “Maine in America,” which focuses on Maine artists and The Wyeth Center. The Farnsworth Art Museum is one of only two centers in the country dedicated to the three generations of Wyeths: N.C., Andrew, and James Wyeth.


Schooner Sailing Adventure

Sail aboard the Schooner Boyd N Sheppard, a historic oyster freighter. As you travel along the Maine coast, nature will provide a serene, picturesque backdrop as the crew points out points of interest. Participation is encouraged during this “hands-on” experience.


The Sail Power & Steam Museum

Just before enjoying the Lobsterbake Luncheon at Sharp’s Point South, visit the Sail, Power, and Steam Museum, a working “hands on” museum with sail making and rigging rooms. Enjoy “make ‘n break” gas stationery and steam engines, old ship building tools, hand tools, and architectural builder’s half models.

The museum has a complete boat shop with caulking tools, a working sail maker’s bench, and a navigation room with two working radars. Also in the museum is a shipwreck room featuring wrecks of 1898, a real working lime kiln, and an extensive model display of schooners and steam boats of the Penobscot.

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Lobsterbake Luncheon - Complimentary Excursion

One of the highlights of our New England itineraries is the traditional Lobsterbake. This tradition pre-dates America itself, beginning thousands of years ago with the Native Americans. 

Our version of this long held New England summer tradition is very much the same, featuring fresh lobsters, steamed clams and mussels, warm corn on the cob, and baked rolls, prepared on a fire along the beach. In addition to the finest seafood in the area, we also feature live music presented by talented local musicians.

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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 crafts 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

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 natural landscape, and scenic will captivate you. A guided tour will introduce you to the history, horticultural details, and colorful explanations of these gardens. Included will be a guest favorite, the Lerner Garden of 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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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

A Maine native, Roberta DeMuro provides guests with an unforgettable music experience performing a sampling of songs from her repertoire of thousands. She performs a fun set of old favorites and loves taking song requests as well!

Entertainment times, days, and performers are subject to change.

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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 specialty boutiques in the city’s celebrated Old Port.


Explore the coastal treasures of Maine on this amazing 8-day journey. Savor locally sourced seafood, visit the most sought-after destinations, view the amazing wildlife, and immerse yourself in the scenic beauty of the region.

Your Cruise Includes


With 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.

The ship is equipped with the largest staterooms in the industry, most featuring a private balcony. 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)


Experience complete comfort in this spacious private sanctuary where you can feel right at home.  At 350 sq. ft. the Owner’s Suite is quite roomy and features a full-size bathroom. Enjoy a large sitting area, writing desk, closet, and a private balcony offering expansive views from a stunning vantage point.

AAC (Private Balcony)


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

AAL (Private Balcony)


AAL staterooms are a spacious retreat with all the amenities a modern traveler expects. Each room offers 263 sq. ft. of space encompassing a full-size bathroom and a private balcony with scenic views.



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 full-size bathrooms, interior entrances, and large opening picture windows for scenic views.

Single (Private Balcony)


Single staterooms offer the solo traveler a quiet enclave to rest and relax. At 248 sq. ft., our Single suites feature twin beds, spacious bathrooms, and your very own private balcony.



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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Lobsterbake Cruise

Mention New England and one of the first things that  to mind is lobster. Enjoy a traditional Lobsterbake on our Maine Coast & Harbors cruise and 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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