Reviewer: Paula McMahon
Very nice sail in a pretty area. Worthwhile.
Very good. Did get cold so recommend extra jackets. Even the crew donned heavy jackets and wool toques. Could have been slightly shorter for me but my husband could have stayed longer.
Reviewer: Joe McDonald
Highly recommended. Very enjoyable couple of hours. The ship and crew were great.
Reviewer: Karen Leomo
This was the exact tour as from the Holland America ship. Our excursion was less expensive and directions to and from ship for meeting were exact. Highly recommend.
Reviewer: Martin Riefner
We really enjoyed the Schooner sale. Was a great experience and we even got to help with the sails.
Reviewer: Rudolph Leomo
Very fun. Same tour as the ship had, but at a discounted price. Highly recommend American Airlines for my excursion needs.
Reviewer: Paula Mills
We really enjoyed our sail on a schooner! The captain was very knowledgeable and wove his way through thousands of lobster pots! Very nice and helpful crew.
Reviewer: carol langenberger
No problem with tickets, ease of boarding. Captain/guide very informative. Hands on with helping the "girls" hoist the sails! Dress warm if you plan on going Sept/Oct. Well worth the price
Reviewer: Catherine Huntbach
Very well narrated, informative, however would have preferred more hands on with the sailing
Reviewer: Linda moon
Really enjoyable excursion. The weather was great and so were the water conditions. Ship's crew very professional and knowledgeable.
Reviewer: Barbara Ammann
Very short walk to ship. Beautiful harbor, beautiful ride, great crew. Well worth the money and time.
Reviewer: Alice Fann
Reviewer: Edward Hoge
So much fun sailing around the area and seeing sights. The only downer was it was a little on the cool side.
Crew was fantastic , the sail was very enjoyable.
Reviewer: Barbara Angyal
Was good except for the rain. Staff was very knowledgeable and pleasant to be around. Overall a good time!
Fun and Informative
Reviewer: Patricia Simcoe-Rosenbaum
We had a great time on the schooner despite the blustery day. The captain and crew recruited some of us to hoist the sails as we ventured out into Frenchman's Bay. A thoroughly enjoyable excursion scheduled to give us ample time to enjoy lunch on land before heading back to our cruise liner. And they stressed safety first!
Reviewer: ROBERTO BANDA
EXCELLENT GREAT EXPERIENCE ESPECIALLY IF YOU LOVE THE SEA.
Reviewer: Jacqueline Gruenke
Even though the sky was dark and rain came down, this trip into the Harbor with a young knowledgeable crew was exhilarating and informative. We learned so much about the rigging, sails, rope tying and expertise of a hard working crew. My husband helped raise one of the sails by tugging hard on a long heavy rope, and dedication to the physical labor required of these sailors was evident and exciting.
Reviewer: Marsha Nager
What a wonderful way to see Bar Harbor. After the sails went up it was so peaceful. The crew were fabulous and the captain gave us a lot of information about Bar Harbor. Highly recommend this trip.
To Whom this may Concern, I thought the 4 mast tall ship excursion was vey nice. The ship appeared to be in good condition and the crew was very nice. Captain asked for help raising the sails which was fun but crew pretty much did the job. Other than thousands of Lobster Pots there was not much to see. Of course you could see the beautiful shore line.
Reviewer: Doug Brite
Enjoyed it very much. Schooner crew were very friendly.
Reviewer: Patricia Carrell
The schooner sail was fun, but lasted only 1 and 1/2 hours rather than the 2 hours as advertised.
Reviewer: H. T. Wilkerson
We enjoyed a relaxing sail in the waters around Bar Harbor. This is a slow paced cruise in a nice schooner. We had some good history and commentary about the area from the captain. It was interesting to get an up-close look at some lobster fisherman as they examined their pots.
Reviewer: Helen Skelto
enjoyable Nice people
Reviewer: Dan Brown
Very nice trip with a great crew. Saw plenty of crabpots and how they are set along with seals and dolphins
Reviewer: Cheryl Cole
The schooner was gorgeous and obviously very well cared for. The captain and crew were quite proud of this beauty and sailing with them was a pleasure. The Bar Harbor waters provided a smooth sail and lots of nice scenery. The schooner was easy to find and a quick walk from the tender landing our cruise ship used. We highly recommend this excursion!
Reviewer: H Safran
Very relaxing we had a very nice time
Reviewer: Patrick Dante
A very nice scenic trip around the bay. We helped raise the sails with the crew. There were lobster traps to navigate around and we sailed in around the calm waters of the bay. A beautiful day with their experienced crew.
This was a well-run excursion. We had no problems with it, and enjoyed it very much.
Reviewer: Wm John
At ten o'clock we went to the ship and exchanged our electronic ticket for a standard ticked and boarded the vessel. Since the 1700s, schooners have been used for a variety of purposes because they are fast, sleek, adaptable, and considered the sturdiest ships of all time. The 151‚Ä≤ Schooner Margaret Todd was constructed in 1998. We were encouraged to take our places on any green seats and remain seated until given the all clear to roam about. This would be the rule until we cleared the mooring and were in the harbor, under engine power. Once we were moving the captain called for volunteers to help raise the sails. One of the crew was on each line to provide guidance. He or she guided the lines with the help of volunteer strength, but the tie down functions were accomplished by the crew. We maintained about four knots under wind power as the captain made our way through the myriad of lobster trap buoys floating on the surface. ""We have a depth of 150 feet here and many of the trap lines are 'double trapped'. A lobster trap may have from 0 to 100 lobster but our laws are very strict for harvesting them. If they are over three pounds, female with eggs on their back, females who have been marked (notched leg) as egg producers, they are returned to the sea."" We watched a lobster fisherman hauling up his catch, surrounded by squawking gulls, throwing back much of his trap. I have a bit better feel as to why lobster is expensive. And I appreciate why the controls are there to maintain a viable population for future generations. The tide does go through changes each day and the sandbar to an island is walk-able each day for a short period of time. ""Just check your tide table to know how much time you have to cross and return. And, despite the signs, people have crossed over by car and then lost them when the tide came back in."" As we continued our cruise the captain discussed the features of the harbor, the islands, the light houses and the weather. It was interesting and informative. Most of all, I was interested in how the wildlife and sea life were managed. As we went about we saw harbor and gray seals, a bald eagle, downy ducks and even a dolphin. We did not see any puffins although all the shops have puffin shirts, jackets, figurines and other craft items.
Ship was lovely
Excellent Value for the money
A great sail around the outer harbor. We got to help the crew raise the sails. Saw a bald eagle in flight and one nesting on an island. A great way to relax and take in the scenery. The lobster bake at the Bar Harbor Inn (not a part of the shore excursion) was excellent too.
Reviewer: Betty D
The schooner excursion was ok but I would not do it again. The scenery was beautiful. We took a bus tour of Cadillac Island that afternoon and enjoyed it more than the schooner ship.