Specialty & Themed Cruises

A cruise aboard any of the Maine Windjammer Association’s member vessels is certainly special. Each of the vessels is individually owned and operated and the offerings tend to be just as unique as the Captain and his or her crew.

For example, no matter what vessel you sail on or what month of the sailing season it is, you’ll be treated to an authentic beach-side lobster bake, the food will be amazing, the gorgeous scenery will always be photography worthy, and you are virtually guaranteed to sail past one of Maine’s many light houses or catch a glimpse of a seal, porpoise, whale, puffin, heron, osprey, etc. And every year, each vessel of the fleet participates in MWA’s seasonal events. No matter who you sail with, you won’t be disappointed.

However, the captains agreed it might be helpful to highlight some of the themed cruises the fleet offers so that you can quickly hone in on the particular specialty that attracts you. We’ve combined similar themes together for simplicity.

 

 


A view of the raft-up at the Gam

Schooner Gam

Kick off the summer season with a windjammer gathering of the entire fleet! Relive the age of sail during this quiet rendezvous of more than a dozen 19th-century-style sailing ships. Location is determined by the weather of the day! Live music and festivities.

American Eagle

Angelique

Heritage

Ladona

Lewis R. French

Stephen Taber

Mary Day

Victory Chimes

J. & E. Riggin

Windjammer Days in Boothbay Harbor

Boothbay Harbor Windjammer Days

Windjammer Days marks the kick off to summer in the Boothbay region and is a time to reconnect with family, friends and neighbors after the long winter, an opportunity to support local businesses and welcome visitors. It is a time to honor our maritime history and celebrate the vital role it plays in the lives of all who live here. See https://www.boothbayharborwindjammerdays.org for more details.

American Eagle

Angelique

Heritage


Great Schooner Race

Maine’s tall ship fleet gathers for an exciting race from Islesboro to Rockland, followed by a festive Awards Ceremony/Party with live music. This year marks the 44th anniversary of the Great Schooner Race, North America’s largest annual gathering of tall ships! Pre-Race festivities include small boat races.

American Eagle

Angelique

Heritage

Ladona

J. & E. Riggin

Lewis R. French

Mary Day

Stephen Taber

Victory Chimes

Fireworks over Camden Harbor during the Camden Windjammer Festival.

Camden Windjammer Festival

The fleet gathers in picturesque Camden Harbor for festivities reminiscent of the days when hundreds of coastal schooners lined the waterfront. Festivities include a parade of sail, flag-raising ceremonies, live music, dancing and fireworks.

Heritage

Ladona

Angelique

Lewis R. French

Mary Day

Stephen Taber

Victory Chimes

J. & E. Riggin


Sunset over windjammers gathered at WoodenBoat Sail-In. People watch from the dock.

WoodenBoat Sail-In

Now in its 34th year, the fall gathering of the fleet takes place in Brooklin, Maine, headquarters of WoodenBoat Magazine and WoodenBoat School. A spectacular sight locals and passengers look forward to every year.

American Eagle

Angelique

Heritage

Ladona

J. & E. Riggin

Lewis R. French

Mary Day

Stephen Taber

Victory Chimes

Treat Dad to a Father's Day Windjammer Cruise this season!

For Fathers and Grandparents

Sorry Moms! Your special day comes too early in the season, but you still matter!  Surprise the parents in your life with an experience they never thought you would give them and one they won’t ever forget!

A number of vessels in the fleet are offering a dedicated cruise to Dad and Grandparents this season:

American Eagle

Heritage

Lewis R. French

Mary Day

Schooners Ladona, Stephen Taber, Angelique, and J. & E. Riggin, also have cruises that include Father’s Day!

Specialty Themed Cruises: Yoga, Health & Wellness

Health & Wellness Cruises

As if relaxing on a windjammer for three to ten days wasn’t “zen” enough, some of the vessels of the fleet are offering cruises this season that include additional activities such as hiking, cycling, kayaking, yoga, meditation, and soul-refreshing accompanied by healthy and supportive meals to help bring body, mind and soul back to center. All ages are encouraged to participate. 

Angelique

Lewis R. French

Victory Chimes

Students on the Mary Day learning Seamanship

Learn the Adventure of Windjamming & Seamanship

Some of the most frequent questions we get are “Can I help drive the boat?”, “Can I take a turn at the helm?”, and “Will I bug the captain or first mate if I ask too many questions?”

The answers are yes, yes, and no.

All of the vessels will permit you to help sail the boat, conditions and time permitting, and the captains are ever-ready to answer any question you have about windjamming. A couple of the vessels in the fleet, however, make the educational aspect of sailing a core theme.

Mary Day

Perseid Meteor Showers by Michal Mancewicz

Perseid Meteor Showers / Star Gazing

The Perseid Meteor Showers will reach their peak in August. All nine vessels of the Maine Windjammer Association have cruises during this time. The vessels with the Perseids on their calendars are:

American Eagle

Angelique

Heritage

J. & E. Riggin

Ladona

Lewis R. French

Mary Day

Stephen Taber

Victory Chimes

Music windjammer cruises are always popular and never disappointing.

Music! Glorious Music…and Art

Music & the sea goes together like peanut butter & jelly, wine & chocolate, yin & yang…

Most of the vessels in the fleet offer dedicated music cruises, where you’ll hear local artists and maybe the captain and the crew as well!

American Eagle

Angelique

Ladona

J. & E. Riggin

Lewis R. French

Stephen Taber

Victory Chimes

Jane Barnes is a featured speaker during wine cruises on Schooner Stephen Taber

Wine Tasting

Your taste buds will visit a different country every evening from the deck of a Maine Windjammer. Enjoy the evening meal with a wine pairing that complements the menu while discussing the wine’s varietals and viticultural history. 

Ladona

Stephen Taber

A windjammer cruises presents a lot of scenery for photography enthusiasts

Art / Photography / Film-making

Every windjammer cruise aboard any Maine Windjammer Association vessel offers prime shutterbug scenery for photography enthusiasts. A number of MWA’s vessels offer more specific instruction and guidance for people looking to hone their skills:

American Eagle

Angelique

Heritage

J. & E. Riggin

Mary Day

Victory Chimes

You are guaranteed to see at least one lighthouse, if not more, on your windjammer cruise.

Maine’s Iconic Lighthouses

No matter which vessel you sail on you are guaranteed to see one, if not more, of Maine’s lighthouses on your windjammer cruise. A couple of the vessels take lighthouse sightseeing to a more competitive level and attempt to bring you to as many as Mother Nature will permit.

Angelique

J. & E. Riggin

Mary Day

A windjammer cruises offers many opportunities to catch a glimpse of Maine's wildlife

Wildlife / Nature / Captain’s Choice

From osprey and puffins, to seals and porpoises (maybe even a whale!), to hundreds of uninhabited islands, a windjammer cruise with any of the vessels in the Maine Windjammer Association fleet offers ample opportunity for wildlife sightings and exploration. A few of the vessels have cruises dedicated to this aspect of sailing the Maine coast:

Angelique

Ladona

Mary Day

Stephen Taber

Victory Chimes

Acadia National Park is a frequent destination of most of the vessels in the MWA Fleet

Acadia National Park / Downeast

Many of the vessels in the fleet venture off the beaten path a bit to take passengers to see and/or explore one of the most famous destinations in Maine – Acadia National Park on Mount Desert Island. If you’ve always wanted to visit this part of Maine, then hop aboard a windjammer – you’ll be treated to a view like no one else.

Angelique

Heritage

Ladona


Autumn sailing offers stunning views of Maine's coastal fall foliage.

Autumn Colors / Fall Foliage

Autumn offers stunning views of Maine’s coastal fall foliage. Every vessel in the MWA fleet lays claim to this time of year. With warm days, cooler nights, and spectacular hues, September and October are some of the best months to sail the Maine coast on a windjammer.

American Eagle

Angelique

Heritage

J. & E. Riggin

Ladona

Lewis R. French

Mary Day

Stephen Taber

Victory Chimes