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Schooner Surprise

16 Public Lndg, Camden, ME 04843-1748
+1 207-236-4687
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Beautiful and educational

The captain and his mate were cordial and skillful, open to questions about sailing and the... read more

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago
HuntGC
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Poughkeepsie, New York
Absolutely Perfect!

I had chartered the whole boat, for a 7:30 sunset sail, to say goodbye to my parents, with family... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
David J
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Baltimore, Maryland
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A two hour sail and private charters out of Camden Harbor on the elegant Surprise, lets you experience both Camden and Penobscot Bay in a truly special and memorable way.
  • Excellent93%
  • Very good5%
  • Average1%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
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16 Public Lndg, Camden, ME 04843-1748
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The captain and his mate were cordial and skillful, open to questions about sailing and the environs -- from Camden Bay to the lobsters and clouds. We also had a beautiful day, which the sailors navigated splendidly.More

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nicoletdar, Owner at Schooner Surprise, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thanks for your review of you sail aboard Surprise! We are lucky to have such splendid weather here in Penobscot Bay for sailing during the summer. Glad you were able to soak in the sights on the water. We hope to sail with you again...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I had chartered the whole boat, for a 7:30 sunset sail, to say goodbye to my parents, with family and friends aboard. Our sail was great ! If you want to help raise the sails, or take a turn at steering the boat, you can....More

Thank David J
nicoletdar, Owner at Schooner Surprise, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

David, Thanks so much! We enjoyed spending this special evening with you family aboard Surprise as well. It was a pleasure to help you celebrate the life of your parents with your family and friends. We look forward to sailing with you again soon! Best,...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Spent the afternoon - 2 hour cruise under sail. The Surprise is owned by a young couple. They alternate captaining the boat with another captain and Laird the first mate. We had a strong wind so except for entering and leaving the harbor we were...More

Thank Carol H
nicoletdar, Owner at Schooner Surprise, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thanks so much for taking the time to write a review of your sail aboard Surprise. We are so happy you enjoyed your time aboard. Best, Nicole

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We really enjoyed the Surprise schooner sail.....the hosts are delightful and very knowledgeable about the area,

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nicoletdar, Owner at Schooner Surprise, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thanks for your kind words! We really enjoy sharing what we know about this beautiful place we call home. We hope to see you in the future. Best, Nicole and Ramiro

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

What a wonderful ride! Just what we were hoping for. Beautiful way to spend some time on the water soaking in the views.

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nicoletdar, Owner at Schooner Surprise, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thanks for taking the time to write us a review! All the best, Nicole

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had a very enjoyable time on the Schooner Surprise. The boat is beautiful and it was really fun helping to hoist the sails. Lovely evening in the harbor with a great captain who filled us in on the history of the ship and the...More

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nicoletdar, Owner at Schooner Surprise, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

So glad you enjoyed your sail aboard Surprise. We love to have guests help with raising sails. Sounds like you had the perfect wind for your evening sail. Hope to see you again soon! Best, Nicole

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Been sailing on the Surprise for 7 years and it only gets better. New owners have made it more accessible on line and increased the number of sailings and special eventsMore

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nicoletdar, Owner at Schooner Surprise, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hi Josh, Thanks so much for coming back year after year for a sail on Surprise. We are glad to hear that you are happy with some of the changes we have made and hope to sail with you again soon! All the best, Nicole...More

Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We sailed on the 3:00 slot. The ship was full...we were not prepared for how cold it was out on the water. Blankets and coats were provided. The attractive couple who own the ship were lovely, but it would have been nice to hear what...More

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nicoletdar, Owner at Schooner Surprise, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thanks so much for your review of your sail on the Surprise. It is good to note how much chillier it can be on the water and to be prepared. We find having extra jackets and blankets has been useful for our guests. Hope to...More

Reviewed June 19, 2017

Using a local newspaper aimed at tourists, I found an excellent review of the Schooner "Surprise". It said of all the Schooner cruises in Camden this was by far the best. I have sailed on the "Surprise" twice, at different times of the day, and...More

Thank Kate C
nicoletdar, Owner at Schooner Surprise, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hello Kate, Thanks for your review of your sail aboard Surprise. I am sorry to hear that you were disappointed about your sail. One thing that we cannot control is the weather and the wind. We do always give very guided tours telling people about...More

Reviewed June 18, 2017

This was a perfect afternoon on the water- being in a schooner that is almost 100 years old, just the experience was so much fun. It was exactly what we were looking for- a quick (but not too quick!) sail out and back. Nicole and...More

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nicoletdar, Owner at Schooner Surprise, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thanks for your review of Surprise! We glad we were able to help make your 25th anniversary a special one. We hope to have you back again for your next anniversary. All the best, Nicole de Acevedo Ramos

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Anita Grace W
July 20, 2017|
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Response from Kate C | Reviewed this property |
There is no formal bar onboard. The two times I went out on this ship other passengers brought their own beverage of choice and enjoyed it onboard.
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eileen2255
August 19, 2016|
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Response from Wayne S | Reviewed this property |
Yes... great experience. There's only one sail with the music and desert... Also, if you ask, you can help them set the sails and steer the boat for awhile
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eileen2255
August 19, 2016|
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Response from MSinBklyn | Reviewed this property |
There's a "head"-- in other words, a small on board portapotty!
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