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Great cruise

We really enjoyed our cruise with Island Cruises. It was very informative about life in the area... read more

Reviewed March 8, 2019
Melinda O
Best cruise in and around Acadia

Very informative cruise. We saw lobsters, even pulled our own trap up! The crew was awesome... read more

Reviewed November 6, 2018
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Reviewed November 6, 2018

Very informative cruise. We saw lobsters, even pulled our own trap up! The crew was awesome, stayed and had lunch at a little village on the coast. Saw so many seals and eagles we couldn't count them all. My mother and family loved it--highlight of our trip!

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed October 11, 2018 via mobile

Our boat ride was our favorite. The captain provided so much information about the area which was wonderful for my visiting granddaughter from California. We would definitely choose this activity next year when she visits Maine.

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed October 3, 2018

Marvelous nature cruise around Bass Harbor on a small (20 passenger) boat. Tour guide Captain Eli is a local, and he’s an expert on the history and economics of the area, plus he is a great wildlife and bird guide. Very interesting! Plus the waves were wonderful to see. We saw lots of harbor seals and bald eagles. Wow! Highly recommend!

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed September 28, 2018 via mobile

Don’t think twice just book it. We saw mature and juvenile eagles, harbor and grey seals, porpoise, salmon pens, lobster and crabs and learned so much about coastal Maine. This will be the best money you spend on your trip by far.

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed September 26, 2018

Captain Eli is a Captain's Captain, with complete control of his vessel throughout the entire cruise. He's personable and friendly and I get the impression he could give this tour in his sleep, it's just that well honed.

Thorough, educational, entertaining and enlightening, Captain Eli talks about a wide variety of interesting topics and gives insights that only an insider would have.

Lobster fishing: history, regulations, sustainability, market demands, costs, prices, competition, local control and more.

Surrounding islands: Settlement history, families, industry, decline in populations, conservancy, challenges of island living, etc.

Wildlife: Variety, migration, diet, predators, populations, etc.

Aquaculture: Environmentally responsible methods and practices, populations, predators and protection measures, costs, systems, controls, etc.

The harbor and surrounding islands are breathtaking and Captain Eli works his magic to make sure that everyone gets an up close look by maneuvering the craft to allow passengers on both sides of the RL Gott to get up close and personal with the sights we all hope to see.

Aside of all the wildlife we were witness to, we saw the Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse, Swans Island, Long Island and Frenchboro, Black Island, Marshall Island, Great Duck Island, Great Gott Island, Little Gott Island and many others, along with miles and miles of majestic rocky, tree-lined coasts.

At the end of the tour, when the weather took a slight turn, Captain Eli made sure of the comfort and safety of all his guests, by pulling down the port side curtains, to keep us all from getting soaked on the way back into the harbor.

Having enjoyed this cruise immensely, I decided to check out all the reviews, including the negative ones. I must say that (1) the few negative experiences were pretty much unavoidable and (2) in most cases the reviews are COMPLETELY unwarranted. It's also no surprise to me to see how Captain Eli has responded personally to each and every one of them, honestly and compassionately in keeping with his complete and utter professionalism.

People leaving unwarranted negative reviews are not the only undesirable issue that Captain Eli and his crew have to deal with. On our cruise, there were a handful of passengers who thought that they were the only people on the boat and even though they literally had the front row seats, would stand up at every interesting sight or activity, which blocked all the other people from seeing anything any of it. These folks also raced back and forth all over the boat as if it was a playground. Captain Eli kept his cool and suggested that he'd continue as soon as everyone was seated so that all could get a view.

All I can say is this dude is a class act and he runs a tight ship. If we ever venture back to Maine, this is a stop we we will make again and we will tell all of our friends.

Date of experience: September 2018
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