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Maine Coast & Harbors Cruise

Roundtrip Portland - Example 8 Day Cruise aboard American Glory
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On this 8-day Maine Coast & Harbors Cruise roundtrip Portland aboard the American Glory, explore Maine's breathtaking coastline, framed by a backdrop of mountains teeming with native wildlife. Immerse in the region's maritime heritage in a trip past the grand homes of sea captains and bustling waterfronts. Admire the iconic schooners of Camden Harbor and wander through the charming gardens of Boothbay Harbor.

Indulge in the tradition of a lobsterbake luncheon on the shores of Rockland, accompanied by the melodies of a local bluegrass band. Feast on clams, mussels, and sweet corn against picturesque New England vistas.

In the evening, unwind aboard the ship as it navigates scenic rivers, bays, and harbors. 
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  • Explore the historic seaport town of Bucksport and Penobscot Narrows Bridge
  • Experience the charm of Camden, the "Tall Ship Capital of Maine"
  • Discover the beauty of Bar Harbor and learn about the lobstering industry
  • Witness stunning natural beauty and look for whales in Cape Elizabeth
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Activity options vary depending on destination and operator. Activity level is determined by the range and intensity of activities you choose to participate in. Discuss with your Trip Planner which options are best for you.

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Day 1: Portland, Maine | Embark

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.

Welcome Aboard
As you embark upon your journey, enjoy a Welcome Aboard Reception with cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and entertainment. Meet the crew, your onboard experts, and fellow guests. Learn more about the wonderful adventure ahead of you.

Day 2: Bar Harbor

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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.

La Rochelle Mansion and Museum - complimentary
The Bar Harbor Historical Society is proud to offer an exclusive, private exploration of La Rochelle Mansion and Museum. You will be whisked back into the Gilded Age as you step under the wishbone staircase and into the magnificent foyer looking out on Frenchman Bay. While exploring this grand home, a local guide will provide the history of Bar Harbor, Acadia National Park, and Mount Desert Island. Enjoy a glimpse into areas of the museum that are normally closed to the general public. With handcrafted woodwork, formal rooms, servant quarters, and wonderful gardens to see, La Rochelle Mansion and Museum is your opportunity to authentically witness life in the early 1900’s. Come explore this 1903 colonial revival, chateaux styled brick home with its 19 bedrooms, oceanfront piazza, and sunken garden!

Day 3: Bucksport

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Explore the historic seaport town of Bucksport, with a beautiful waterfront ornamented with scenic gardens and reflective fountains. Bucksport was a central hub for paper-making industry once upon a time. Though, the town’s paper mill closed in 2014, it now serves as a training center for the Maine Maritime Academy.

The town is also particularly well-known for the Penobscot River and the iconic Penobscot Narrows Bridge and Observatory, which is taller than the Statue of Liberty. From this vantage point, view spectacular 360-degree views of the Bay, the Maine countryside, and the distant western mountains.


Day 4: Camden

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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.  As you weave through the streets, learn about the history of this quaint port from its industrial beginnings through its current status as the hub for yachting in Maine. View beautiful architecture and landscaping designs along the way. After the walk, explore Camden at your leisure.

Day 5: Rockland

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Rockland is an exciting town with a vibrant art culture and a 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.

Sail, Power, & Steam Museum Exploration - Complimentary Excursion
Just before enjoying the Lobsterbake Luncheon at Sharp’s Point South, visit the Sail Power & 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.

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

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.


Day 6: Boothbay Harbor

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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.


Day 7: Bath

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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.

Day 8: Portland, Maine | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
After a refreshing and relaxing week of cruising Maine’s coast and harbors, end your journey where it began, in idyllic Portland. Enjoy breakfast on board, before departing the ship. You may decide to stay longer to explore this charming city, located in the heart of Casco Bay and steeped in maritime history.


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A rarity in river cruising, our dedicated single staterooms are 280-square-foot enclaves for the solo traveler. Each room also includes a small wardrobe, drawer storage, under bed suitcase storage, 54” inch led TV, writing desk, safe, and complimentary WiFi.
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310 square feet of interior space. Each main deck room features large picture windows with water views and a built-in reading nook. AAA rooms can be configured with a king or two twin beds. Each room has a large bathroom, wardrobe, ample drawer storage, under bed suitcase storage, 54” inch led TV, writing desk, safe, and complimentary WiFi.
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310 square feet of space and floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors for sweeping views. Each room has an interior seating area, as well as a private balcony with a table and chairs.
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310-square-foot. Each room is available in king or two twin size bed configurations. Vista rooms have a large bathroom, wardrobe, ample drawer storage, under bed suitcase storage, 54” inch led TV, writing desk, safe, and complimentary WiFi.
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620-square-feet. Each suite has a living room, bedroom, interior and exterior dining areas, and a spacious master bathroom.
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Our guide and driver were very good with their knowledge and were very helpful with our questions. It was a very pleasant visit that would have been impossible to do on our own. Hotels and restaurants were fantastic. The special places we got to go to, like the kitchens, were great. Enjoyed the entire trip!
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