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Casco Bay Custom Charters

Portland, ME, USA
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About Casco Bay Custom Charters
Casco Bay Custom Charters is Portland, Maine's, most exclusive boat tour operator. We are the only private charter operator on Casco Bay that uses a vintage wooden lobster boat, and we are the only company to include a tour guide on EVERY charter. Bring your friends, family, or just that special someone and join us in viewing southern Maine's best coastal sights in the relaxed comfort that only a private charter can provide. Whether you want a 2-hour sightseeing or sunset cruise, an evening-long private dinner cruise with our onboard chef, or a half- or full-day adventure around the bay, your family or small group will get an authentic Maine experience that most people only dream of.
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Kortney N wrote a review Oct 2020
Kennebunk, Maine2 contributions
Wonderful private boat ride with family and friends out in the harbor. The service was great on board, we were comfortable, accommodated and felt very safe. There was a good selection of wine, local beer and soft drinks for all of us as well. Probably more of a $25-$35/person value if you’re not a drinker.
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Date of experience: October 2020
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James Dean wrote a review Oct 2020
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The Sunset cruise was easily the most memorable part of our trip to Portland. Captain Nick was impeccable with his timing to provide a lovely view of the Sun setting while also allowing enough time during our 4 hour cruise to explore the surrounding area of Portland. Chris’ hospitality during our charter was amazing. He provided a wealth of knowledge and interesting information about the seaside town of Portland. We had the honor to experience Chef Paul’s 5 course dinner during our voyage and to say the cuisine was immaculate would be an understatement. Chef Paul does not make a meal twice and to experience this once in a lifetime opportunity will forever be a fond memory. The vessel was perfect. The trip consisted of me and my wife and we had a comfy booth along with enough pillows and blankets to support the chilly Portland seas. The sunset was breathtaking and we felt we had the view to ourselves during its captivating departure. The crew excused themselves to below deck or the front of the vessel to make the experience that much more private. Each crew member had their individual tasks and excelled at their craft.
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Date of experience: October 2020
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Patrick C wrote a review Oct 2020
irishrifle14 contributions8 helpful votes
Casco Bay Custom Charters is a small family-owned business in Portland. My wife and I took the Sunset Charter a couple of weeks ago while we were on vacation. The boat was spotless and well appointed for the trip with plenty of blankets for chilly evenings on the water. The seats were also very comfortable. We were fortunate to observe a very nice sunset on the cruise, despite the high level smoke in the sky that had made its way across the country from the California fires. We had a terrific time with Captain Nick who was a soft-spoken professional who simply went about his business and our tour guide Matt, who provided excellent information during our cruise. We also had a nice conversation with Matt about a wide range of issues. Great guy. You can either order food in advance or bring your own onboard. However, alcoholic beverages must be purchased from the company in advance, as legal restrictions prohibit bringing them onboard. We ordered a bottle of high-end Pinor Noir, which was excellent. One word of advice. If you like your wine in a glass, like we do, you will need to bring your own, as the Charter only provides plastic cups, due to Covid restrictions. While this Charter is a little pricy for a couple, we had a great time and found it well worth the cost.
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Date of experience: September 2020
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TJ T wrote a review Sep 2020
Lancaster, Pennsylvania1 contribution
We had a very special cruise to release the biodegradable urn of my husband's ashes. Planning with Jim was handled sensitively and compassionately. His expertise was very helpful. The beautiful boat's crew was friendly and welcoming to our family. They made our time saying goodbye a lovely memory and tribute to my husband, grandson of a Maine lobsterman.
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Date of experience: September 2020
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Response from jgallea, Owner at Casco Bay Custom Charters
Responded Sep 8, 2020
Thank you for letting us play a small role in this difficult time for your family. Our thoughts and well wishes continue to be with you.
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Amy K wrote a review Sep 2020
Westwood, New Jersey3 contributions1 helpful vote
We had an absolutely fantastic time! Jim was amazing to work with from the very beginning. Every detail was covered. We chartered the Marie L and could not have been happier! Captain Tom and Chris were great hosts on board. Food, drinks, music, every detail was on point! I would absolutely recommend this to anyone looking for a great night out with family and friends. We cannot wait to come back to Portland and do this sunset cruise again! Thanks Jim and crew!
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