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An autumn view from Cadillac Mountain in Acadia National Park in Maine

Wild Maine Escape: Exploring Downeast & Acadia National Park

Portland - Portland - Example 6 Day Cruise aboard National Geographic Sea Lion
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The National Geographic Sea Lion hosts an exciting 6-day wild Maine escape cruise expedition. Take part in an amazing island exploration: wander different islands by kayak, paddleboard, and Zodiac while enjoying the beautiful scenery and wildlife. Visit the galleries of the artists on Monhegan Island and find out about Acadia National Park's remote Schoodic Peninsula.
Colorful sunrise at Portland Head Lighthouse in MaineBeautiful seascapes in MaineMain Street, remote Monhegan Island, Maine.Explore Maine's beautiful rugged coastEnjoy stunning views of PortlandAn autumn view from Cadillac Mountain in Acadia National Park in Maine
Highlights
  • Enjoy an island exploration along Maine's coast
  • Hike and kayak Acadia National Park's secluded Schoodic Peninsula
  • Visit North Haven Island and savor a farm-to-table dinner
  • Look for puffins at Eastern Egg Rock and whales feeding along the coast
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Day 1: Portland | Embark

Arrive in Portland, Maine, and board the National Geographic Sea Lion.

Day 2: Island Exploration

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Spend the morning winding in and out of the many islands along Maine’s southern coast by kayak, paddleboard, and Zodiac. With no firm schedule, you're free to follow the wildlife and the scenery, making the most of your time in this rugged seascape. Later, you may have the opportunity to visit Hurricane Island Center for Science and Leadership, an innovative, hands-on research and science education program.

Day 3: East Egg Rock | Monhegan

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Wake up this morning off of Eastern Egg Rock, where an ambitious project to restore seabird colonies began in the 1970s has led to the return of Atlantic puffins—a true conservation success story. Tour the island in Zodiacs on the lookout for nesting pairs of puffins. Continue to Monhegan, a small island with a rich history. Often disputed by warring European countries, Monhegan spent time as a British fishing camp and a 19th-century artists’ colony. Visit art galleries in its tiny community of about 70 full-time residents, go on a hike, and see the Monhegan Lighthouse that looks out over this remote outpost.

Day 4: Penobscot Bay | North Haven Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Scattered with islets, Penobscot Bay is a fantastic place to explore by Zodiac, and, conditions permitting, by kayak or paddleboard. You'll spend the morning discovering its secret coves and stunning scenery, watching for wildlife, and photographing vistas of rocky islands, boats moored in village harbors, and solitary lighthouses poised on the shore. In the afternoon, anchor off North Haven Island and go kayaking and paddleboarding, or enjoy a hike ashore. Join the staff at Turner Farm for a tour of their organic farm, and then gather at the barn for a farm-to-table dinner as the sunsets.

Day 5: Schoodic Peninsula / Acadia National Park

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Your adventure continues up the coast to the stunning Schoodic Peninsula, a lesser-known part of Acadia National Park located on the mainland. Discover its lush spruce forests and granite shores during a full day of exploration on hikes and by kayak, Zodiac, and paddleboard.

Day 6: Portland | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
This morning, National Geographic Sea Lion arrives in Portland where you disembark.

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Sea Bird & Sea Lion's Category 1 and Category 1 Single Cabin.
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Cat 1
Main Deck Cabins #300-305. Conveniently positioned between the dining room and lounge, these cabins feature two lower single beds, a writing desk and a large window.
Sea Bird & Sea Lion's Category 1 and Category 1 Single Cabin.
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Cat 1 Single
Main Deck Cabins #300-305. Conveniently positioned between the dining room and lounge, these cabins feature two lower single beds, a writing desk and a large window.
Sea Bird & Sea Lion's Category 2 and Category 2 Single Cabin.
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Cat 2
Bridge Deck cabins #100-104 and Upper Deck cabins #200-212, 215. These well-located cabins include two lower single beds, outside access and a window.
Sea Bird & Sea Lion's Category 2 and Category 2 Single Cabins.
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Cat 2 Single
Bridge Deck cabins #100-104 and Upper Deck cabins #200-212, 215. These well-located cabins include two lower single beds, outside access and a window.
Sea Bird & Sea Lion's Category 3 Cabins.
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Cat 3
Bridge Deck cabins #105, 106 and Upper Deck cabins #214, 216, 217, 219. These cabins feature a seating unit with table, outside access and two large windows. Upper Deck cabins include two lower single beds which can convert to a double bed and a pull-out
Included
  • 5 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 5 Dinners
  • 5 Nights Accommodations
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Excursions and activities as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • The Guidance and Company of the Expedition Staff
  • Hotels Ashore as Indicated in the Itinerary
  • Sightseeing & Entrance Fees
  • Special Access Permits, Park Fees, Port Taxes
  • Snorkeling, Including Wetsuits, Masks, Fins & Snorkel Where Relevant
  • Presentations and Guest Speakers in the Lounge
  • Non-Alcoholic Beverages
Excluded
  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Flight costs (please request a quote)
  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Fuel and transportation surcharges (when applicable)
  • Scuba Diving
  • Passport and Applicable Visa Expenses
  • Alcoholic and non specified beverages
  • Private Transfers
     
  • Expedition Extensions 
  • Laundry 
  • Internet & Phone Charges
  • Regional charter flight fees not included, pricing varies by departure

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