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We offer 3-6 day overnight Windjammer trips along the coast of Maine. Homeported in Camden, the French was built in 1871 and is the oldest commercial sailing vessel in the USA. We take 21 guests, with single, bunkbed or double bed cabins available.
Suggested duration: More than 3 hours
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Atlantic Avenue, Docked at the Wharf, Camden, ME 04843
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+1 800-469-4635
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Reviewed November 29, 2018

This is one of the best trips I've done. Everything about this is truly remarkable. The ship is old but so well maintained you'd think your stepping back in time when you board this vessel. But don't let that fool you. The crew is fantastic,...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank jKohlfeld
Reviewed November 9, 2018

We had a fantastic time aboard the Lewis R. French on our 4-night cruise mid-September. Delicious meals, terrific company. Enjoyed exploring the small coastal islands, both from the water and ashore. Beautiful sunsets! Highlight was the lobster bake on the beach.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Roy K
Reviewed October 2, 2018

My husband and I took a four day cruise on this wonderful ship. It was our first experience on a Windjammer ship and we loved it. This is the oldest two-masted schooner in the United States and is designated as a National Historic Landmark. There...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Lyn D
Reviewed September 17, 2018

We traveled from WA State, and the trip was totally worth it! The ship is beautifully maintained and our cabin (think Pullman) was comfortably snug. The food was extraordinary, yet prepared on a wood stove in the foc's'l. Captain Garth was knowledgeable and skillful and...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank SteveandSueC
Reviewed September 13, 2018

My wife and took a four-night cruise on the Lewis R. French this past August. We chose the French for its history (it's the oldest ship in the Windjammer fleet) and for its policy of strongly discouraging cell phone use. After all, the last thing...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank PietroNuvolari
Reviewed September 12, 2018

I have just returned from my annual sailing trip on the wonderful Lewis R. French. I have been out on the French for so many years I have lost count, but in excess of 15. Be warned, you will become addicted as I have! There...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Christine B
Reviewed September 7, 2018

What an experience!!! We celebrated our 40th wedding anniversary with us reaffirming our vows by captain Garth. Garth was an excellent captain with a great sailing knowledge and sense of humor. He taught us everything we now know about sailing!!! The French is a beautiful...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Skipper1949545
Reviewed September 3, 2018

Spectacular! Shipmate, Devon, was extremely personable and provided a great deal of information about the area while sailing. Thoroughly enjoyed.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Cathy M
Reviewed August 8, 2018 via mobile

I have been sailing on the French for the past 25 years. Fellow passengers often ask me if I have ever tried any of the other windjammers to which I answer “Why bother?” It’s small, without an inboard engine (which makes it quieter), nonsmoking (which...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed August 3, 2018

My family booked a four night trip with Lewis R. French, and it's something I'll remember for the rest of my life. The sunsets were gorgeous, the food was amazing, and the entire experience provided a relief from the every-day hustle and bustle of the...More

Date of experience: June 2018
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