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Schooner Stephen Taber Day Cruises

Rockland, ME, USA
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About Schooner Stephen Taber Day Cruises
Driven only by Atlantic Ocean breezes, the Stephen Taber sets sail from Rockland Harbor, taking guests on four and six day windjammer sailing adventures on the legendary Maine coast. The Schooner Stephen Taber is the oldest sailing vessel in continuous service in the United States, and a National Historic Landmark.
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JarLaur wrote a review Oct 14
Somerville, Massachusetts4 contributions
Are you crazy about old wooden boats? Does the thought of hauling lines, coiling and splicing, weighing anchor, polishing brass, and scrubbing decks set your heart singing? Well, this is the boat for you! On the other hand, if you prefer to lounge in a deck chair and drink wine and watch as others do all the work and the clouds stream by, this is also the boat for you! This was our third trip on the Stephen Taber and I can't say enough how wonderful the experience is. The crew and captain are fabulously accommodating and will let you do as much or as little sailing as you like. The food is second to none- you will scratch your head wondering how such a cutting-edge culinary feast can be prepared solely on a wood burning cast iron stove in a tiny galley kitchen. The scenery is likewise amazing- rugged craggy islands, bald eagles, porpoises right off the bow wave, and even the rain is punctuated by an occasional rainbow.
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Date of experience: October 2020
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Maura8508 wrote a review Oct 2
Boston, Massachusetts45 contributions11 helpful votes
We thought that Covid would cancel our long standing plans for a schooner trip but all of the planning, communication and testing requirements gave us the confidence to go as planned. Then, with rain in the forecast, we thought the trip would be a bust. But, no, IT WAS MAGICAL. Captain Noah and his amazing crew gave us a trip to remember with some great sailing, trips ashore, amazing gourmet food and fabulous evenings filled with music and even some treats from the resident mixologist. Thanks to the whole team for a wonderful adventure ❤️
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Date of experience: September 2020
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Joel Drury wrote a review Sep 2020
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Six nights on the Stephen Taber from Sept 13-19, 2020: It was the bucket list trip of a lifetime! A great Captain, a wonderful crew and a dozen of the finest shipmates one can imagine made the trip absolutely great! This adventure ranks right up there at the top of all-time coolest vacations ever. The boat is beautiful, the food was 5-Star, and I will be back to do it again! Don't deny yourself one of the most fun things in life and book a trip on this magnificent old Schooner. Its no won der so many of the passengers I was with were back for multiple trips; one lady was on cruise no. 14, another on 12, and a few more were back for the 2nd, 3rd or 4th time! Well, I can tell you I intend to play catch up! Every trip is different, but one thing is for sure; you'll have so much fun sailing on this grand old boat!
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Date of experience: September 2020
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Maria N wrote a review Sep 2020
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It is not possible to adequately describe the exalted experience of sailing on the 1871 schooner, the Stephen Taber. This boat is in immaculate condition. Being on the sea for 5 days/4 nights was incredibly satisfying, touching something deep within you. The rocky, rugged Maine coastline is magnificent to view. I particularly love the contrasts of the Maine - the contrast in the shades of gray of the rocky coast; the contrast of the sea and shoreline; the contrast with the mountains in the background. Entirely satisfying! The captain is unquestionably knowledgeable and experienced. The crew could not be more pleasant or helpful. Eating gourmet meals 3 times a day was worth a trip in itself!
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Date of experience: September 2020
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Byron Y wrote a review Sep 2020
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While under full sail all you could hear was the wind and the movement of the sails as they responded. Extremely peacful and calming as the ship took flight. The cusine was incredible morning, noon and night along with choices of wine as you watched the sun set in the evening. If you ever wanted a real adventure and experience while being part of the crew to hoist the main sail and lift the anchor this is it and we will no doubt go again in the future.
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Date of experience: August 2020
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