May 27, 2016
Get Smart: Some Cruises Put the Focus on Learning

While every cruise provides an opportunity for a unique encounter with Mother Nature, the stars, and a chance to discover our maritime history, a few of the cruises are especially geared toward people who want to learn. From Knitting to Wine Tasting to Photography, specialty cruises give guests a focus during their stay in Maine.

credit: Fred LeBlanc
The Schooner Victory Chimes is offering a geology cruise August 18-22.


Calling all geology buffs! This year, guests aboard Victory Chimes, America’s largest traditional three-masted schooner, have a chance to learn everything they ever wanted to know about the landscape and how it was formed from Professor Hal Borns from the University of Maine. Informal lectures throughout the week will be included on this 4-day Geology Cruise, August 18-22, $860.

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Students of all ages gain hands-on experience during the Mary Day’s Seamanship course.


Captains are always on the lookout for ways to bring their knowledge of Nature, Maritime History and Seamanship to the next generation. That’s why the Maine Windjammer Association is also pleased to announce that the WoodenBoat School is partnering with Jane Ahlfeld and Capt. Barry King for a week of experiential instruction aboard the Schooner Mary Day.


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Schooner Mary Day, in partnership with the WoodenBoat School, offers a six-day Tallship Sailing and Seamanship course July 17-23.


During this “hands-on” team-oriented course, students will have the opportunity to become integral members of the Mary Day crew. Topics covered will include general seamanship, coastal navigation, and marlinespike seamanship. Students will be divided into teams to learn the skills that every sailor needs aboard any vessel. The Crew of Mary Day will expertly guide guests in trimming and handling sails, steering, plotting a course, stitching a ditty bag, and going aloft (optional) to stow the topsails. On Friday, students will take command and utilize the skills they have been learning throughout the week. This all-inclusive 6-day sailing adventure boards Sunday, July 17, 2016 in Camden. Cost $1,175/person.

The rhythm of shipboard life is the perfect school environment with the gorgeous and rugged Maine coast slipping past.

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