Article from MAINE WINDJAMMER ASSOCIATION NEWSLETTER ()
March 17, 2016
2016 at a Glance

credit: Colleen Gleason
The Maine Windjammer Association will participate in a variety of fleet-wide gatherings, ranging from sail parades and festivals to the Great Schooner Race and the WoodenBoat Sail-In. Here, Schooners Heritage and Isaac H. Evans cross paths at the Breakwater Lighthouse Parade.


Although Maine’s windjammers are still under winter wraps, plans for 2016 are not. This year, the Captains of the Maine Windjammer Association are looking forward to a great season and have set dates for all of the major gatherings of the fleet.


2016 Season at a Glance

·  The 2016 season kicks off May 26 and will run through Columbus Day.
·  There are 9 vessels to choose from, sailing from Camden and Rockland.
·  There are 227 different cruise options.
·  Windjammers carry between 16 and 40 guests, plus crew.
·  Trips range from one-night getaways to 8-night sailing adventures.
·  Six-day cruises average $1,131 per person, all inclusive.
·  Three-day trips start at $585 per person.


2016 Special Events

On the Maine Windjammer website, you’ll see upcoming events where you can experience the majesty of 9 tall ships all in the same vicinity. There are opportunities to participate in the Great Schooner Race, the Lighthouse Parade, Acadia Centennial Celebration, music festivals and more. Some of the events include an evening raft-up during which the entire fleet ties up side by side to become a living museum of our nation’s maritime history. Walking the raft end to end, you’re welcomed aboard all the windjammers and begin to understand first-hand why most of them have been honored as National Historic Landmarks.


2016 Packages

Designed to make your sailing vacation in Maine more fun, affordable and convenient, the Maine Windjammer Association offers 3 special packages. With special pricing for MWA guests, passengers can add 2-night stays in Camden or Rockland or book a direct flight from Boston. Take a look:
 

With Cape Air service from Boston to Rockland, guests can enjoy a car-free windjammer vacation.


Air & Sea Package

Get a jump on your windjammer vacation with a non-stop Cape Air flight from Boston to Rockland! MWA guests receive 15% off published fares with this special Air & Sea discount. Choose from 3 daily round-trips between Boston’s Logan International Airport and Rockland. Taxi service available to the docks.


Rockland Land & Sea Package

Enjoy the best of both worlds—land and sea—with a windjammer cruise and a stay at one of three historic inns in Rockland, where you can enjoy the culture of a seaside town that’s famous for its museums, galleries and fine dining. Package includes 2-night accommodations with gourmet breakfast. MWA guests receive 10% off regular rates, which start at $290 per room, based on double occupancy.

credit: Courtesy Berry Manor Inn, Jumping Rocks
Many guests choose to spend a few extra days in Rockland or Camden in order to enjoy the museums, galleries, restaurants and natural beauty of the area. The MWA has partnered with 13 local Inns, including Rockland’s Berry Manor Inn (left) and The Elms in Camden (right).


Camden Inn Package

Explore the natural beauty of Camden with a 2-night stay at one of ten premier Inns either before or after your windjammer cruise. Package includes accommodations, breakfast and amenities plus a “Specialty of Maine” picnic lunch featuring delicious local goodies. Special MWA price: $439/couple.



Special Cruises

In addition to participating in the larger events, many vessels offer specialty cruises that bring a delightful twist to the windjamming experience. New offerings for 2016 include bluegrass and beer aboard Ladona, as well as a foodie cruise; a kayaking cruise aboard Lewis R. French; and a yoga and wellness cruise aboard Victory Chimes that includes massage therapists, art therapists and yoga teachers.

credit: Jean Sikora
With nearly two dozen lighthouses located in the midcoast area, windjammer guests get lots of opportunities to photograph beautiful lights like this one on Mark Island.


Back by popular demand, there are also themed cruises catering to knitters, artists, photographers, wine tasters, lighthouse fans, birders and more. A quick look through the websites of the Maine Windjammer Association vessels will confirm that no matter how long you plan to stay—just overnight or for eight gorgeous days—there’s a cruise for you.

Sailing schedules for 2016 for the entire fleet are available online or you can request a packet of brochures from all 9 members. Tip: If you want to view all the schedules for all 9 windjammers on one page, click here.

 


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