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.

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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 sundeck 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 wil see spectacular views of the Old Port district. 

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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 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 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 Historical Walking Tour

During your guided 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 on terrain that is both flat and hilly. Comfortable shoes are recommended.

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Belfast Historical 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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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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Camden Historical Walking Tour

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

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Schooner Appledore II Cruise

One of the top things to do in Camden is to sail Maine’s magnificent rocky coast aboard the elegant Appledore II, a modern windjammer. On this cruise through Penobscot Bay, witness uninhabited islands, views of coastal mountains dropping off into the sea, and abundant wildlife. Watch for seals sunning themselves on rocks and cute guillemots, cousins to puffins, with their bright red feet, wobbling as they walk along the rocky shoreline. Along your journey, look for Mount Battie, historic inns, elegant summer mansions of the rich and famous, and lobstermen hauling in their traps. Sail past the impressive lighthouse, Curtis Island Light, and discover why Camden is often called the “Jewel of the Maine Coast.” If you always wanted to sail your own wooden ship, this is your chance. The crew welcomes your participation! Offer to help raise the sails and take a turn at the wheel.

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Camden Hills State Park 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 will have panoramic views of glistening lakes, Camden Harbor, and the islands of Penobscot Bay.

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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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Lobsterbake 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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Lobstering & Lighthouse Cruise

Board the Lively Lady for a cruise from Camden Harbor with Captain Dominic. Watch a live lobster fishing demonstration and enjoy scenic views of lighthouses, idyllic landscapes, and abundant wildlife.

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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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Rockland Exploration & Farnsworth Art 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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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 waterfront will captivate you. 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 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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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 of songs from her-repertoire of thousands. 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 specialty boutiques in the city’s celebrated Old Port.

Independence

The Independence is equipped with the largest staterooms in the industry with most suites featuring private balconies. 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. 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)

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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 hotel-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)

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 a fine hotel room. All also offer private walk-out balconies and a generously sized bathroom.

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 full-size bathroom and a private balcony with scenic views.

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Deckplan

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)

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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.

Single

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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 Constitution

The newly-announced American Constitution is scheduled to begin cruising the East Coast in spring of 2018. With a capacity of 175 passengers, the American Constitution will feature the latest in technology, modern design, and sophisticated décor. The American Constitution will also feature large well-appointed staterooms with private balconies, as well as a variety of spacious lounges.


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Owner's Suite (Private Balcony)

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At up to 450 sq. ft., the American Constitution 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-size bathroom.

Veranda Suite (Private Balcony)

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With a generous up to 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-size 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)

Deckplan

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.

AA

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

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-size 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.

American Constitution Deck Plan

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Maine Lobsterbake Cruise


Mention New England and one of the first things that comes to mind is lobster. Enjoy a traditional lobsterbake on our Maine Coast and 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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