Let's take a poll: How many of you harried, PDA-toting, 21st-century types dream of going quietly offline for awhile, back to some kind of ideal summertime memory -- you in a sailboat on the open water, cozy bunks and kerosene lamps at night, stars in the sky, and quiet all around? Aboard Maine's fleet of old-time schooners, that's exactly what you get, on mostly 3- to 6-night cruises that cost from about $400 to $1,100. With no engines on most vessels, little electricity, and only the most basic accommodations, these ships remind passengers that days don't all have to be rushed and multitasked. Days are filled with sailing and walks around quaint Maine towns, and evenings are pure serenity.
Actually, it's not a line. Unlike every other review in this guide, this one discusses a collection of owner-operated vessels -- classic schooners that in some cases date back as far as 1871 -- all taking sail-powered summer trips along the gorgeous mid-Maine coast. It's the most natural cruise you'll ever take.
Sails to: Mid-Maine coast.
* Because the Maine schooners are all owner-operated, programs vary significantly. These ratings should be taken as only a general indication of fleetwide quality. Ratings for "activities" and "entertainment" should be read in the spirit of these cruises, which are entirely outdoors oriented, with few organized activities. There's also very little of what you'd traditionally call "service." If you want a drink, you bring it aboard yourself, and there's no cabin service unless something goes drastically wrong. Meals are often prepared by the same people who trim the sails. There are no real children's programs aboard any of these ships.
Address: P.O. Box 617, Camden ME 04843
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