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Review of Schooner Olad Windjammer Cruise

Schooner Olad Windjammer Cruise
Ranked #3 of 11 Tours in Camden
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“First Class Cruise”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 21, 2007

We booked a cruise on the Schooner O'Lad over the Columbus Day weekend. The weather and cruise were fantastic. Aaron
provided as much information as we desired as to the sights. I'm not sure if the July 29th post was actually on the Schooner O'Lad. Aaron's cruises are limited to the wind, weather, and marine wildlife. He goes above and beyond to provide the best cruise for his passengers on the two hour cruise. If you visit Camden, Maine, please book the Schooner O'Lad for a cruise. You will not be disappointed! Aaron is a first class captain and owner!

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“Schooner Olad Windjammer Cruise”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 13, 2007

On a recent trip up the northeast coast, we stopped in a beautiful little town called Camden in Maine and spent a couple hours on board the Schooner Olad. We hadn't planned on it but it turned out to be 2 of the best hours of the whole trip.
Captain Aaron took us on a terrific tour of the bay and harbor and gave us a real taste of how exciting sailing can be. We had the run of the ship. My wife took the helm and I hoisted the sails with the first mate, Abby. She's a tiny little thing at about 5 ft. 2 in. but got the work done twice as fast as I could at 6 ft. 3.
Aaron knew his stuff and happily answered all our questions. He was a great host and a nice guy and we got a little history along with the sail.
All in all it was just an enjoyable time, one I would recommend to everyone.

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“Great ride”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 11, 2007

I noticed a bad review and I wanted to add another good one.

My wife and I went out on the OLAD in August and it was a lot of fun. We raised the sails and the crew was great. The weather was good that day so the trip was pleasant also. They took pictures of all of us (about 15 or so people), that we received at the end of the ride. We would recommend the OLAD to anyone.

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“excellent time in Penobscot Bay”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 8, 2007

Capt Aaron Lincoln and his crew did an excellent job of showing us the bay. Their open and friendly interaction with those on board insured an wonderful and relaxing experience! The FREE snapshot of our party was a nice touch. Well worth the price! His recommendation of places to eat was right on!

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“Windjammer Cruise - Schooner Olad”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 28, 2007

On a recent trip to Camden Maine, we made the mistake of choosing a 2 hour windjammer cruise on Schooner Olad. There are at least 4 different trips (same appx price) for a 2 hour outing in Camden.. Others include Schooner Surprise (heard positive things about them), Appledore, Lazy Jack II.

Our 2 hour trip was terrible. If you visit their website
[--] they make a lot of unfulfilled promises.

1) Captain and crew love to answer questions?

Not true. We asked about what wildlife would be seen and after about 5 seconds, the captain went right back to talking with a small select group about other things.

2) Soda and water are available onboard.?

Would never have known this, until after the trip and looking in detail at the website. We were never offered any.

3) Intimate sail. Passengers are given a turn behind wheel.

No one was offered to steer.

4) What you will see?

Lighthouses (saw one), other vessels, visiting yachts, maine rockey coastline, mansions, marine wildlife, seagulls, bald eagles, occsaional wale, lobsterman, guilemots --> saw none of these.

When we asked other crew members about this, we were also ignored.

5) Where will we go?

Where the wind is best... The captain pretty much stayed in the same exact location for the entire trip. We never went to Lincolnville Beach, Island Lighthouses, thousand islands, mansions and the other places that the website had promised.

We told our bed&breakfast where we stayed about this, and they met with the captain on two subsequent occasions. We were told that he would be contacting us to apologize, and talk to us. That was over a month ago, and Captain Lincoln made no attempt to contact us.

What this whole experience shows... he has no customer service skills, is not a people person, and their website is totally misrepresentative of the cruise you will receive.

I strongly suggest you choose one of the alteratives like Schooner Surprise. We almost chose them, and really wish we did.

The funniest thing on the website is "You are here to have fun."
Don't worry.. you won't!

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