Maine Coast & Harbors

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Trip Length: 8 Days/ 7 Nights

Prices from: $3,860 pp/do*

Single Price: $4,475 pp

Sale: Save $1000 Off Per Stateroom on Select Departures!
Book by: 04/26/2014

2014 Dates: July 19, 26 August 2, 9, 16 September 20 June 1, 7, 14, 21, 28, July 5, 12, 19, 26, Aug 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, Sept 6, 13, 20, 27

2015 Dates: May 31 June 6, 13, 20, 27 July 4, 11, 18, 25 August 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 September 5, 12, 19, 26

Ships: Independence

Notes: *per person/double occupancy. Port Charges $250.00 per person. We offer some Maine Coast & Harbors cruises on 6-night itineraries. Ask about our lower 6-night rate.
*Per Person/Double Occupancy. Special Single Rates apply where listed.

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Maine coast ACL Maine Coast & HarborsExplore the best of Maine on this 8 day/ 7 night small ship cruise

There’s an undeniable magic found along the coast of Maine, a panorama of astonishing beauty and lasting allure. The state’s license plate proudly proclaims it to be “Vacationland” and a summer cruise on these uniquely designed ships is the ideal way to experience its quaint fishing villages, secluded coves and spectacular scenery. Cruise with us through the Penobscot Bay, breathing in the fragrance of pine forests and wildflowers, relaxing as we meander through the sparkling blue waters on an itinerary full of hidden gems. When we dock each day you’ll find pristine nature preserves and sophisticated antique shops, industrious lobstermen unloading their catch and classic wooden yachts gliding along the protected waters of charming harbors. Days are filled with discovery and exploration, or the restorative calm of a sunny afternoon in a deck chair on the observation deck.

American Cruise Lines small ships are built specifically to cruise the intricate waterways of New England, easily navigating the narrow Eggemoggin Reach and Fox Island Thorofare under the guidance of a veteran Captain. Let us please your palate with incomparable Maine lobster, regional specialties and local fruits and vegetables; let us take you on shore excursions to Acadia National Park on Mount Desert Island or the Owl’s Head Transportation Museum; let us show you why so many prominent families chose Bar Harbor as their summer playground during the Gilded Age. You’ll visit historic and prehistoric sites, a multitude of lighthouses and a wealth of wildlife as we make our way to your ports of call: Bangor, Belfast, Rockland, Camden, Bar Habor and Castine.

By week’s end you’ll be completely enchanted by the warmth of the welcome you’ve received both on land and on board American Cruise Lines. We think you’ll agree that your small ship cruise provides the perfect glimpse of what makes Maine magical.

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images1 Maine Coast & HarborsNew England Lobster CruiseEnjoy special theme cruises on June 8 and July 20 departures.

Indulge in the finest lobster the world has to offer on a New England Lobster Cruise. During your trip along the Maine Coast or through the New England Islands, enjoy cuisine featuring the freshest lobster available. Relish savory delights during this beautiful cruise and partake in a special Lobsterbake, all part of a sensational theme cruise.

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Day 1 - Portland to Boothbay, ME*

Day 2 - Boothbay Harbor, ME
This lovely, historic town is lined with shops and boutiques, and picture perfect harbors dotted with lobster boats, pleasure craft, and windjammers. Boothbay is the largest boating harbor north of Boston and is also known as the "Boating Capital of New England."

Day 3 - Bar Harbor, ME
Nestled on the east side of Mt. Desert Island, Bar Harbor has welcomed visitors for over a hundred years. Explore Mount Desert Street, a national historic district, and be amazed by the sheer number and beauty of the homes of the once rich and famous. Join a shore excursion to surrounding Acadia National Park and witness breathtaking vistas and abundant wildlife in an unspoiled habitat. Later, admire the working waterfront which marks the beginning of the Shore Path, an enticing stroll along the front lawns of some of Bar Harbor's biggest "cottages".

Day 4 - Camden, ME
Full of classic schooners, this charming village is considered the "tall ship capital of Maine," and is admired for scenic beauty and a host of historic and cultural attractions. Enjoy the warm summer sunshine and refreshing sea breezes as you relax on a park bench and watch beautiful ships sail into the harbor, or browse the shops and interesting galleries. Bring your camera to capture sweeping ocean vistas, placid coastlines and panoramic views of Camden, Penobscot Bay and surrounding islands from atop Mount Battie.

Day 5 - Belfast, ME
The 1800's were a time of great prosperity in Belfast with shipbuilders and merchants building beautiful Greek Revival mansions and adorning them with treasures carried home from the China Trade. Spend the day exploring historic Belfast with some of the best examples of nineteenth-century architecture in Maine. Shore excursions offer glimpses of stunning military architecture and master granite craftsmanship in Fort Knox State Park, and seafaring legacies at Penobscot Marine Museum.

Day 6 - Castine, ME
Home to the Maine Maritime Academy and located at the head of East Penobscot Bay, Castine offers both spectacular harbor views and an area rife with history. During its highly contested days, Castine had the flags of English, French, Dutch, Spanish and America claiming its land. This intriguing seashore town is now rich with reminders of its exciting past.

Day 7 - Rockland, ME
Before arriving in Rockland, you'll have the pleasure of experiencing Maine's most beautiful cruising areas. Your ship will pass through the gorgeous 6-mile passage lined with beautiful evergreens known as Merchants Row. On to Eggemoggin Reach, view majestic stone cliffs lining the shore with playful wildlife frolicking about. In Rockland, passengers can follow the Rockland Harbor Walk, visit the Maine Lighthouse Museum or take an interesting narrated tour of the area. The town's Maine Street Historic District is especially fascinating and has been recorded in the National Register of Historic Places for its many fine examples of Italianate, Mansard, Greek Revival and Colonial Revival architecture.

Day 8 - Portland, ME

* Some departures may leave from Bangor, ME.

Your onboard experience is as important as your onshore experience, so we take special care in providing the best in service, accommodations, entertainment, dining, all in an elegant yet comfortable environment. The all-American crew is there to see to all your needs, with the goal of providing you with the most memorable adventure possible.23 Maine Coast & Harbors

Onboard Activities

Not only do we provide unique ports on our cruises, but unique entertainment as well. Activities are designed to highlight the areas in which we visit, including guest lecturers, local musicians, demonstrations, minor theatrical performances and games. From a performance by a fife and drum corps on Chesapeake Bay to a visit from a local lobsterman in Maine or a visit from costumed antebellum characters in the historic south, activities are as rich in history and culture as the ports themselves. Unlike the mega ships, you won’t find glitzy shows or casinos; instead we offer a refreshingly casual atmosphere, with an intimate ambience that is perfect for congenial camaraderie with fellow passengers and quiet relaxation. Open decks and glassed-in observation lounges allow for the watching of passing scenery and wildlife, while a well-stocked library provides reading material and videos focusing on the areas to be visited.

Onboard Experts

In order to enhance your cruise experience we invite carefully selected experts to join us on board. Through informal lectures, open discussions and activities, they bring local history, nature and culture alive with their knowledge and passion for American heritage. These enlighteners, naturalists and historians also lead shore excursions while in port, to give our guests behind the scenes tours of some of American’s best-kept secrets and favorite treasures. Not only will you find knowledge in these experts, but a friend as well. Onboard activities and entertainment are included in your cruise fare.

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We make it a top priority to offer a first-class dining experience at every meal. Expect exceptional cuisine prepared by chefs who have extensive culinary credentials and training from some of the most prestigious culinary institutes. The all-American crew offers an outstanding level of service to make the most discerning passenger’s journey memorable and relaxing. Dining onboard is informal, dress is resort casual, and seating is unassigned and served in the glass-enclosed dining room, where every seat offers a panoramic view. Using only the freshest ingredients, menus are inspired by regional and local specialties. Each evening before dinner, passengers are invited to mingle and share their day’s adventures over complimentary cocktails and hors d’oeuvres.

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