January 26, 2014
Top Ten Reasons to book a windjammer cruise in 2014

credit: Josh Barrett
Relaxation is the #1 reason our guests come sailing! No schedules, no itineraries... just gorgeous scenery, great sailing and fun shipmates.

  We did it! #1 New England Attraction in's 2013 Reader's Choice Awards! According to their editor, "Voters really put the wind in the Windjammer fleet's sails this year, lifting the ships to victory."
In 2013,’s Reader’s Choice Awards voted Sailing with the Maine Windjammer Association the #1 New England Attraction. And it’s not surprising. Maine windjamming is the quintessential New England experience – beautifully preserved history combined with spectacular, rugged scenery and delicious, freshly made cuisine all wrapped into one fabulous adventure. For anyone who is hesitating, here are the top ten reasons why booking a windjammer cruise in 2014 is a great idea:

1.      Relaxation. Studies show over and over again that relaxation is good for humans – body and soul. And yet, in this fast paced workaday world, relaxation is a rare commodity. Aboard Maine’s windjammers, captains make sure that their passengers relax fully. There are no schedules, no itinerary - just step back in time, relax and enjoy the sailing, food and scenery. 

2.      Spectacular Scenery. Maine’s rugged, pristine coast offers unexpected vistas and a chance to experience wildlife up close. Osprey, eagles, seals and even the occasional whale inhabit these waters and are easily spotted from the decks of a Maine Windjammer.

credit: Courtesy Schooner Stephen Taber
While every meal features fresh, tasty ingredients, the onshore lobster bake is often the highlight of the cruise.
3.      Scrumptious Food! Every captain knows that sailing can work up an appetite and so they take special care to ensure that ships provide delicious meals using only the highest quality ingredients that are locally sourced whenever possible. Freshly baked breads and muffins, thick stews, scrumptious chowders and, of course, a beachside lobster bake come with every cruise.

2014 SEASON –
• Maine's Windjammers sail from mid-May to mid-October.
• Choose from overnight escapes to week-long adventures.
• All-inclusive trips range from $160-$230 per day, depending on the season and length of cruise.
• Each windjammer carries between 21 and 40 guests and 4-10 crew members.
Special events include races, parades and festivals for the whole fleet.
• Every windjammer offers a wide variety of themed cruises. Topics featured include wine tasting, kids cruises, lighthouse cruises, storytelling, photography and knitting, among others.


4.      It’s Eco-Friendly. This is a vacation you can feel good about! Relying on wind for power, sourcing food locally and a commitment to the “Leave No Trace” program, the windjammers are one of the greenest vacations around. 

5.      Themed Cruises. Guests who have a passion can often find their community on board one of the Maine Windjammers during the theme cruises. These specialty trips range in interest from wine tasting to beer brewing; from lighthouse spotting to star gazing; and from photography and knitting to puffin scouting.  

6.      Affordability. The Society of American Travel Writers voted Maine’s windjammers as the “Best Value in New England.” Each cruise is all-inclusive – there are no secret fees and, with an early-bird booking discount, it’s possible to find even more value.  

7.      See the Fleet. The 2014 sailing season offers many opportunities to see the entire fleet which is like travelling back to a time when schooners were the preferred means of transporting cargo. Two hundred years ago, thousands of these fabulous vessels delivered essential goods up and down the coast. Now, the Maine Windjammer Association offers guests the opportunity to see the remaining vessels – many of them National Historic Landmarks – beautifully preserved, like a living museum. 

 credit: Bob Angell
For school groups, family reunions, corporate retreats or destination weddings, a windjammer cruise is a great idea for group getaways!

8.      Charters. Booking early ensures that guests have first dibs on schedule and accommodations. Also, if you’re looking to turn this into a family reunion, destination wedding or work event, with enough advance planning, you can charter the entire vessel. 

9.      Easy Travel. Though the coast of Maine is remote enough to provide tranquility and unparalleled beauty, the Maine Windjammer Association has partnered with Cape Air and Schooner Bay Taxi to ensure that getting to the Coast of Maine is easier than ever. A quick trip from Boston by plane and then an easy taxi ride bring you directly to the docks for about $150 round-trip. 

10.     Mid-Coast Maine. Mid-coast Maine has experienced tremendous revitalization to the point where there are dozens of fabulous restaurants, including one with a James Beard award, historic inns, museums and shops.

For more information about the Maine Windjammer Association, click here.

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