The Maine Windjammer Association

Indulge Your Passion in a Maine Windjammer Association Specialty Cruise

Midcoast, MAINE— Each year, more and more people are discovering how truly unique and exciting a Maine windjammer vacation can be. Three to six-day themed cruises are designed to suit guests’ passions and hobbies while experiencing a sailing getaway along the scenic coast of Maine.

The 2015 list of specialty cruises include:

* For the mind and body – Passengers can express their creativity with a writers’ workshop or photography course where the scenery is the inspiration. How about for the crafter? Knitting cruises are popular with fiber artists with a passion for their hobby and the great outdoors. Spend the week learning ways to improve your health and limber up by doing yoga on the deck of a windjammer! Or stargaze the night sky with an astronomy cruise.

* For the foodies – Maine is known for its foodie scene. The windjammer’s on-the-water chefs have tiny galley kitchens where they turn out unexpected incredible fare for their guests. Many ships have gourmet, wine, beer or even chocolate tasting cruises on tap for 2015, featuring guest chefs from award-winning restaurants, handpicked wines, locally made chocolates and craft beers.

* For the wildlife watcher and naturalist – Wildlife watching is an adventure in Maine and seeking out the elusive whale is a hard task for most, but schooner captains seem to have all the luck for finding finback, humpback and minke whales, and other marine life. While out on a cruise, guests are likely to see seals sunning themselves on the rocky coast, pelagic birds and eagles soaring overhead, and puffin colonies.

* For the adventurer – Be completely immersed in sea-life with experiential sailing instruction. Guests have the opportunity to steer, plot a course, stitch a ditty bag, and if interested, go aloft to stow the topsails. Become part of the crew and even participate in schooner races.

* Travel beyond Penobscot Bay – Venture to the lesser visited ports and sail beyond the traditional Penobscot Bay territory. There are cruises that visit Boothbay Harbor, Down East, and even travel to Gloucester, Massachusetts to participate in the Gloucester Schooner Race. Another vessel does unique excursion trips around Acadia National Park, where guests can explore the park by guided bus tour after sailing around the rocky coast of Mount Desert Island.

The 2015 season also includes cruises themed around pirates, lighthouses, foliage, Bastille Day, music, geology and more. For more info on specialty cruises, visit www.sailmainecoast.com.

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