Our fourth-annual Penobscot Bay Food Cruise is a week of fine food, drink, and sailing. Choose between the schooners Stephen Taber and Ladona. This all-inclusive, 6-day, 5-night trip is full of one-of-akind adventures. Get professional photography tips while under sail from Down East photo editor Ben Williamson, partake in a private chocolate-making workshop with Kate Shaffer from Black Dinah Chocolatiers, sample oysters with aquaculture expert Adam Campbell of North Haven Oyster Co., and go on multiple casual island excursions followed by exceptional dining.
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Guests will spend the nights aboard ship each night. Here are links to the cabin layouts:
Welcome aboard! Meet Captain Noah Barnes and Captain J.R. Braugh as you board at Windjammer Wharf in Rockland. Once you’re settled in, you’ll take a short walk to visit Fiore Artisan Olive Oils and Vinegars for a tasting of their products. After the tasting, you’ll enjoy a special Welcome Dinner with Down East editor in chief Kathleen Fleury featuring locally grown and harvested fare.
Start with breakfast aboard your respective schooner and then you’re off! Down East photo editor Ben Williamson will spend time – under sail – sharing tips and showing you how to take better vacation photos with your camera or smartphone. During the afternoon, you’ll enjoy an island excursion for an exclusive farm-to-table luncheon with additional editors from Down East. Once you’re back aboard the Taber and Ladona, you’ll take in the sunset with dinner underway.
Plan on a relaxing day aboard, traveling wherever the wind and tide take you during this day of free sailing. You’ll pause in the afternoon to experience a quintessential lobster bake ashore a deserted Maine island. Once back on board, plan on spending some time under the stars, taking in the quiet beauty of Penobscot Bay by night.
After a morning sail to Isle au Haut, you’ll have the opportunity to participate in a private chocolate-making workshop with Down East Books author Kate Shaffer at Black Dinah Chocolatiers. Those not wishing to make (and taste) chocolates will enjoy a casual hike on the island. Wine, cheese, and dinner will be waiting for you back aboard your schooner.
In the morning, you’ll sail through the Fox Island Thorofare and East Penobscot Bay, viewing some of the best scenery Penobscot Bay has to offer. In the afternoon, you’ll rendezvous with aquaculture expert Adam Campbell of North Haven Oyster Co. for an oyster sampling paired with Allagash beer.
A final morning sail brings you back to Rockland to debark.