Enjoy a relaxing 2-hour Schooner sail, a scenic drive of Portland, and a visit to the historic Portland Head Light, the oldest commissioned lighthouse in the United States. Begin with a scenic drive through the quaint streets of the Old Port where street lanterns highlight a gracious mix of architectural styles. Once the home of the warehouse district, the red brick buildings have been transformed into charming restaurants, pubs, unique boutiques and galleries. Passing through the urban center, you will see Portland’s new Arts District, as well as the thriving commercial and business districts. Situated just outside the city center and along the beautiful rocky coast of Cape Elizabeth is Fort Williams, once a military outpost for coastal defense and now the site of the America’s oldest lighthouse.
Working Waterfront & Lobster Pull
Nestled in the Old Port district of Portland is the bustling working waterfront where lobstermen off load their catch from Casco Bay and seafood shops offer the freshest delicacies from the sea. Discover the inner workings of the area with a voyage on a lobster boat followed by walking tour through the cobbled streets of the area exploring the numerous marine related businesses.
From the pier, a short walk brings you to the waterfront departure point of your lobster boat. Following a safety briefing, depart onto the protected waters of Casco Bay to pull lobster traps from the ocean floor. During the voyage discover how lobsters get from the bottom of the ocean to your dinner plate and learn about their habits, conservation efforts, and the difference between hardshells, shedders, shorts, culls and keepers. Sit back and relax or assist the crew as they haul, set and bait the traps. Upon return to the pier, begin a walking tour of the Old Port area.
Your guide carves a path through the streets of the charming area which a hundred years ago was home to fish houses, canneries, industrial factories and textile mills. Today the brick warehouses hold numerous fresh seafood shops, coffee houses, bakeries, and award-winning restaurants. Explore the history of the area as your leader offers insight into history and lore of the old waterfront. Your leisurely stroll concludes at the pier where you may reboard your ship.
Maine Lobster Bake at Historic Fort Scammel
Enjoy all that Maine has to offer as you board a private boat for a cruise through Casco Bay to a private island for a “Downeast” lobster bake and a tour of a Civil War Fort. Please note that guests must be able to walk approximately 0.5 mile over even, uneven, and cobblestone surfaces with 15 – 20 steps.
Departing from the waterfront, you will have views of Portland and the surrounding islands as you cruise through Casco Bay to House Island, home to Fort Scammel. With records dating back to 1661, House Island was one of the first islands in the Bay area to be occupied. Originally built to defend Portland against the British, the fort was later used to defend the North against the South during the Civil War. During your walking tour of the fort you will explore the 70 gun casements, subterranean vaults, archways, tunnels, and circular stairways of this unique fort.
Shore Excursions vary between cruise lines – check your cruise line’s website for specific offers.