The Maine Windjammer Association

Fly Away on a Maine Windjammer Cruise

Back by Popular Demand: the 2013 Air & Sea Package

Mid-coast, MAINE—Windjammer guests can get a jump on their Maine sailing vacation and also beat the traffic this summer with the Air & Sea Package offered exclusively by the Maine Windjammer Association. For a $150 upgrade above the cost of any 3- to 6-day windjammer cruise, the package includes round-trip flights from Boston to Rockland, plus transfers and taxes.

This special cost-saving package includes a choice of 5 non-stop flights via Cape Air from Boston’s Logan Airport to the Knox County Airport in Rockland, plus ground transportation to and from the windjammer docks in Camden, Rockport and Rockland via Schooner Bay Taxi.

Guests will no doubt enjoy the one-hour flight from Boston. Sights of the bustling city will give way to unsurpassed aerial views of the spectacular Maine coast, and as the flight approaches Rockland, fliers—soon-to-be-sailors—will spot the Owl's Head Lighthouse atop craggy rocks jutting out to the sea. They may even get a bird’s eye view of some of the 10 tall ships of the fleet under full sail, heading for their home ports in Penobscot Bay.

Upon arrival, guests are whisked from the airport right to the gangway, and the sailing adventure begins. Days are spent sailing around the 3,000 spruce-clad islands off Maine's coast and then anchoring for the evening in a protected cove. In the afternoon, guests are free to sail the dinghy, explore an island or quaint New England town or just relax on deck. And every cruise features a genuine lobster bake on the beach, complete with corn on the cob, steamers and plenty of fresh melted butter.

Over the course of the cruise, guests will see seals, porpoises and the occasional whale or puffin. They'll explore rugged beaches, meet interesting shipmates and be invited to participate in all aspects of sailing a traditional 19th-century ship. Guests will also experience the kind of deep relaxation that only sailing on Penobscot Bay can offer.

From May to October, the 10 historic vessels in the Maine Windjammer Association fleet offer trips ranging from weekend getaways to six-day sailing adventures. Prices start at $395 per person, all meals, accommodations and activities included.

To take advantage of this convenient travel arrangement, vacationers should mention the Air & Sea Package at the time they reserve their windjammer. The package can be combined with any carrier that services Boston, when booked directly with Cape Air.

For more information about getting a head start on your windjammer vacation and flying into Rockland, contact the Maine Windjammer Association at P.O. Box 1144P, Blue Hill, Maine 04614, 800-807-WIND.

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