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Private Sunset Charter on a Vintage Lobster Boat

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Private Sunset Charter on a Vintage Lobster Boat

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Looking for a romantic way to watch the sunset while in Maine? How about chartering a vintage lobster boat and heading out to Casco Bay, where you'll take in great views of the sea and coastline. Your captain and guide will be on board to point out lighthouses and natural feature, and you're welcome to bring food and beverages, even the adult kind, on board.
  • Private charter with a knowledgeable captain-guide leading the way
  • Bring food and drink—the boat is stocked with plates, cups, and ice
  • Sail into the sunset with this romantic private charter
  • An eco-friendly composting toilet on board keeps this excursion comfortable
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Licensed Captain & Local Guide
Bottled water
Cooler, glassware, plates, utensils for guest use. Beer and wine are sold onboard. No BYOB.
MONHEGAN is equipped with an environmentally friendly composting toilet
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  • 72 Commercial St , 72 Commercial St, Portland, ME 04101, USA

    Old Port Pickup Location: Portland Public Water Taxi Dock next to Flatbread Pizza. Standing by the front door to Flatbread, look down to the water and you will see the water taxi dock. M/V MONHEGAN will arrive at the promptly at your departure time.

  • 14 Ocean St , 14 Ocean St, South Portland, ME 04106, USA

    Our private berth at South Port Marine. Pull into the marina parking lot and park next to the gray marina office building. Parking is free. You will see a sign for Casco Bay Custom Charters Departure Meeting Area. Crew will be waiting to meet you 5 mins prior to departure.

  • This activity will end right where it started.
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Charters are priced per boat for up to 6 passengers. Select 1 adult at checkout to book for a group up to 6.
    • Children are welcome, but minors must be accompanied by a responsible adult.
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Stroller accessible
    • Service animals allowed
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
    • OPERATED BY Casco Bay Custom Charters, LLC
    You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
    • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
    • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
    • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
    • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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    The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
    What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Private Sunset Charter on a Vintage Lobster Boat?
    A:The policy on face masks and attendee health is:

    • Face masks required for guides in public areas
    See all safety measures taken by Private Sunset Charter on a Vintage Lobster Boat.
    What is the policy on sanitization during Private Sunset Charter on a Vintage Lobster Boat?
    A:The policies on sanitization are:

    • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
    • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
    • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
    • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
    See all safety measures taken by Private Sunset Charter on a Vintage Lobster Boat.
    What is the social distancing policy during Private Sunset Charter on a Vintage Lobster Boat?
    A:The policy on social distancing is:

    • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
    See all safety measures taken by Private Sunset Charter on a Vintage Lobster Boat.
    What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Private Sunset Charter on a Vintage Lobster Boat?
    A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

    • Guides required to regularly wash hands
    See all safety measures taken by Private Sunset Charter on a Vintage Lobster Boat.

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    A Wonderful and Safe Trip!
    , Oct 2021
    Mike and Nick did a great job of safely taking us around the Bay. It started out as a completely cloudy afternoon but the clouds broke open as we were at Cape Elizabeth. They were informative and answered all of our questions. We had pre-ordered food and it was a relaxing and beautiful evening seeing all of the Bay, the islands, the lighthouses, and the sunset from the water. I would highly recommend this experience for a romantic getaway or for a family experience like ours.
    Portland sunset cruise
    , Oct 2020
    We had a fabulous experience during our sunset cruise. Our guides name was Matt who is a recent college grad and has lived in Portland his whole life. He had an abundance of information about every landmark, lighthouse, island, and old boats we passed. We were happy they had beverages on board so we could enjoy a beer too.
    icon Response from Host , Oct 2020
    Thank you for joining us! We are thrilled you had a great time and will pass your comments along to Matt.
    Awesome private charter!!
    , May 2019
    We had an awesome time on our sunset charter. Nick & Mathew where very friendly and very knowledgeable of the history & current happenings of the area as well as the wildlife. The boat was extremely clean. We highly recommend this charter if you want to see and learn about the bay and islands from the water perspective.
    icon Response from Host , May 2019
    Thanks for joining us, guys! Loved having you on board.
    I booked this trip online after reading...
    Terry S
    , Aug 2017
    I booked this trip online after reading reviews. I was still apprehensive because one never knows. I am going to tell you - STOP WORRYING about this personal tour! The rebuilt boat is spotless and beautiful. The bench is comfortable and could seat 3-4. Folding chairs are perfectly comfortable for the tour. We brought snacks with us but were too excited by the beauty around us to eat. We asked many questions of our guide that were easily answered. It was a cloudy evening, so try as we might, the sunset didn't cooperate, but other spectacular sights did. The private tour was more than I hoped it would be for our family. The guide and the captain were personable and intuitive. They wanted us to enjoy our evening out. We walked away that evening with a better sense of thr islands, wildlife, and waters around Portland. Do not hesitate to take this quiet tour and make it what YOU want!
    1 traveler found this review helpful
    Our charter was at the end of July...
    Jae S
    , Aug 2017
    Our charter was at the end of July 2017, a group of four including myself. Our pick-up point was the Water Taxi pick-up/drop-off, which is located right behind the big, red buoy in the Bell Buoy Park and next to the Casco Bay Terminal parking garage off Commercial St. The pickup point is shared by different water taxi boats, with lots of customers, so you might be a bit anxious waiting for the right boat. But just look for the ship's name MONHEGAN, and ignore the rest! The Monhegan arrived as expected, and on time. The pilot John? and the guide Matthew warmly welcomed us onboard with helping hands, and provided us with comfortable, dry seating. Excellent! Matthew sat down with us with a map and gave us an overview of our trip, which was great. I really appreciated the personal attention from our guide, who actively gave us information and insights on the different locations we were passing by lighthouses, big ships, various sights around us. Upon entering open waters outside the harbor, the boat got caught up for a few minutes in rough waters. I started to get queazy, and let the crew know. Matthew made a snap decision to skip the open waters, and head back towards the islands for calmer cruising. He offered me cold seltzer water to see if it'd help, and also asked John to drive the boat to avoid rolling as much as possible I felt he made a noticeable effort to do so. All of this was helpful in my seasickness going away, and I was able to enjoy the rest of the charter without further problems. In lieu of the open waters, we stayed longer around the islands. This gave us a chance to tour the summer homes on the islands, as well as to look for ospreys and bald eagles. We were lucky enough to find 2 bald eagles sitting by their nest. On the way back, we also encountered a group of seals perched on a tiny rock island! And all the while, we had an amazing sunset and very colorful clouds all the overcast gray had magically disappeared once we cast off. What exuberance! Some tips for this trip: 1 Park at Casco Bay Terminal Parking Garage, which is right next to the pick-up/drop-off point. If that garage is full, park at DiMillo's Restaurant parking lot open to public it's the next closest lot available. Prices are about the same. Just forget about street parking on the opposite side of Commercial St -- it's impossible to find a spot. For those that might experience sea-sickness, 2 Eat well before the cruise, and 3 take a dose of Dramamine when you eat. And though there are lots of restaurants on Commercial St, they are pretty much all packed solid, so do leave plenty of time for it. 4 Bring a light jacket or sweater, because it will get chilly heading back into the harbor, even in the dead of summer. That's Maine for you! 5 Sunglasses are a must. Conclusion: The tour description says folks could bring their own food and drinks, but I found it to be nearly impossible to eat, not only because I was a little seasick but that there was no time to focus on food. We were relatively busy listening to the guide and looking at different sights, that it would have been difficult or very impractical to have a meal. About the Monhegan: The boat was clean and orderly, and the engine running quietly and smoothly. Matthew made sure we were seated comfortably in dry seats 3 to a bench at the rear of the boat, plus 1 folding chair. The Monhegan does have clear plastics that can be rolled down and zipped together tight to keep out the winds. Matthew did exactly that on one side of the boat while heading back in. Engine fumes are directed away completely so you won't smell anything that might make you sick if you're sensitive to exhaust fumes. No complaints at all, the boat was impeccable! This trip was memorable, and it's sure to become a part of our family lore and storytelling. The skies turned out absolutely beautiful that evening, and we were enthralled by the whole experience. Although we rolled a little in the rough waves in that one instance, I felt the pilot and the guide took firm measures to keep the rest of our trip a success. The personal attention and detailed guiding are very much appreciated, my hats off to Matthew! And for the effort on John's part to keep the ride as smooth as possible, thanks! If one had the option to request specific individuals on the charter cruise, I'd say, request Matthew and John most definitely! This rates as one of the most memorable boat outings of my life, and I wholeheartedly recommend this to anyone visiting Portland, Maine.
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