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Private Sunset Charter on a Vintage Lobster Boat

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Portland, United States
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icon2 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

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What you can expect during your visit
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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Overview

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
A licensed captain and deckhand will ensure your safety and enjoyment on the water
Bottled water
Cooler and ice
Plates, silverware, and basic serving utensils for a meal, picnic, or hors d'oeuvres
Mugs, beer glasses, wine glasses, and corkscrew
MONHEGAN is equipped with an environmentally friendly composting toilet
We encourage our guests to bring their own food and drinks to enjoy aboard. We are happy to assist in serving. Alcohol may be responsibly consumed by our passengers of legal age.
Parking in the Old Port is not included (free parking is available at our dock in South Portland)

Departure Point

72 Commercial St, Portland, ME 04101, USA

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Charters are priced per boat for up to 6 passengers. Select 1 adult at checkout to provide primary traveler information for your party.
  • Children are welcome, but minors must be accompanied by a responsible adult.
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • OPERATED BY Casco Bay Custom Charters, LLC

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • 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.
Q:
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
See all safety measures taken by Private Sunset Charter on a Vintage Lobster Boat.
Q:
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.
Q:
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.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Private Sunset Charter on a Vintage Lobster Boat?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 1 traveler.

See all safety measures taken by Private Sunset Charter on a Vintage Lobster Boat.

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Portland sunset cruise
Shelley_K
, 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.
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Awesome private charter!!
Venture37146445751
, 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.
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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!
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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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