Camden Harbor Cruises

Lighthouse Lobster Tours and Custom Private Charters

Departing from Camden, Maine aboard Lively Lady

Some Common Questions

Why should I choose Camden Harbor Cruises?

  • The Lively Lady is the only provider of one-hour boat tours in Camden.
  • The duration of most of our trips allow for free parking and time to do and see more ashore.
  • We have comfortable seats with full backrests.
  • The forward half of our deck is covered, protecting our guests from sun and rain. We also have fold-down sides for added wind protection if needed. 
  • Because we are not dependent on the wind for propulsion, we can guarantee you a superior view of all of the best sights our area has to offer.
  • We have high solid rails around our deck, for your safety and particularly for the safety of children.
  • Beer and wine is sold on board!

What will we see?

On every trip we will see Curtis Island lighthouse, traditional sailing vessels, visiting yachts, Maine's rocky coastline, and seaside mansions only visible from the water. In addition to seagulls and cormorants, we often see harbor seals, porpoises, bald eagles, osprey, and guillemots (a cousin to the puffin). We often get to observe commercial lobstermen hauling their traps, and once in a while someone famous on their mega-yacht. When we haul our own lobster trap you might see lobsters, baby lobsters, star fish, sea urchins, crabs, mussels, and an occasional surprise from the deep!

Where will we go?

We have many different routes, times and excursion lengths to suit you and your families needs.  Please see the "Schedule and Rates" page for more details of our trips.  

What will we do?

If you prefer to sit back and simply take in the sun, scenery, and salt air - that's fine by us.  However, if you prefer more active participation, you can help Captain Dom steer the boat, help the crew haul our lobster trap, learn some knots, or how to navigate. We have beverages on board offering a great selection of local beer and several choices for wine.   We can teach you the names of the islands, some local folklore, and answer any questions that come to mind.  They might not be the correct answers, but we'll do our best!  Also, remember your camera and/or binoculars.

What should we bring and wear?

It is always cooler on the water than on land, and we have warm blankets you can borrow. In the spring and fall we recommend a lightweight jacket and long pants. In the summer, unless it's really hot, you'll want a jacket or sweatshirt for morning and evening trips. During the day, bring sunglasses, sun block and wear a hat. Soft soled shoes, sneakers or sandals are fine. No high heels please. If it looks like rain, bring a rain jacket, and lastly, don't forget a camera and binoculars.

Will I get sea sick?

Hardly anyone ever gets seasick. The waters of Penobscot Bay are protected from ocean swells and the shore is always visible. If you're still nervous, we suggest purchasing acupressure wrist bands available at most drug stores, or ginger caplets, which are an anti-nausea agent and are a natural alternative to Dramamine, which can make you drowsy.

Do you allow children?

Of course, children love being out on the water and we enjoy showing kids the and other creatures we find in our lobster trap. Our boats have high rails for safety. We do ask that parents be responsible for their children at all times, and be sure they are respectful of other passengers and our crew. We have lifejackets onboard for children but they are of the horseshoe type and young kids may find them uncomfortable. If you have a vest style lifejacket for your child, by all means bring it with you. We offer discounted rates for children under 12 years old, and infants under two years old are always free.

Our morning Lobstering & Lighthouse Cruise each day is geared towards kids.  We spend extra time with the creatures in our lobster trap and let everyone steer.  Under 12 is just $12, and under 2 is free.

What about food and drinks?

We have a bar on board, with a great selection of local beers and wine. Please do not bring your own alcoholic beverages.  We sell bottled water, and you are welcome to bring your own non-alcoholic beverages.  

Feel free to bring snacks, a picnic lunch, cheese and crackers, etc. French & Brawn grocery is an easy walk from the boat, and Harbor Dogs(try the shrimp tacos-yum!) offers take out within sight of our dock. If you are chartering the boat for a longer trip and might want food aboard, please email us to discuss some local catering options.

Where are you located?

We are on the boardwalk in downtown Camden, Maine. When approaching from the South on Route 1, (Commercial Street) turn right at the 4-way intersection in the center of town across the street from French & Brawn Grocery. Go down the hill, keeping Sea Dog Brewery restaurant immediately on your left, through the public parking lot, to the harbor boardwalk. Look for the Camden Harbor Cruises umbrella, next to the small Harbormaster's "Shack."

If you're using a GPS enter 2 Public Landing, Camden, Maine 04843

Where do we park?

You can park along the downtown streets or at the Public Landing, but keep in mind that all parking has a two-hour limit. There are two all-day parking lots: one is on Washington Street just past the fire station on the right, and the other is on Atlantic Avenue just past the Camden Public Library, on the left. Both are within walking distance (see map).

Keep in mind that there are often major events occurring weekends in Camden and it can take longer than usual to get into town and find a place to park. If you're coming on a weekend, give yourself plenty of extra time. If you're late and miss the boat, we unfortunately can't give you a refund.

What is the best time of day to sail?

It really depends on your schedule. In the summer, it tends to be calmest in the morning and in the evening, which is best for a smooth ride and for spotting wild life. The warmest time is in the early afternoon, and watching the sunset from the Bay is a wonderful way to begin the evening.  

What about wheelchairs?

Our vessels are not wheelchair accessible, however, once aboard, all of our seats have comfortable back rests. We are happy to assist those with limited mobility in the boarding process.

Can I smoke aboard?

No cigarette, cigar or pipe smoking is allowed on any public sails, but may be allowed on private charters by previous arrangement.

Is there a bathroom?

Yes, we have a flushable toilet (or 'head' if you're a mariner) on the Lively Lady. 

Is there shade aboard?

The forward half of our seating is in the shade, and the back half is not. If you have a preference, please let us know before boarding. Sunglasses, a hat, and sunblock are good ideas during the day.

Do you allow dogs?

We allow friendly dogs on our cruises, must be on leash.  

What time should we check-in?

Please arrive and check in with us 20 minutes before your trip is scheduled to depart. We board the boat 10 minutes prior to departure, and reserve the right to sell your ticket to someone else if we cannot find you.

What is the Cancellation Policy?

We will give a complete refund if WE have to cancel a trip because of intrepid weather. If you prebook your trip, you'll receive a full refund if you cancel with a 24 hour notice. If you have any questions or are unable to make your trip, please give us a call so we can do our best to reschedule you for a time and date that works for you. Unfortunately, there is no refund if you miss your departure time.

What if I need to Change my Reservation?

Please give us a call (207-236-6672) if you need to make changes your reservation. We will be happy to assist you to reschedule a day or time, or add or subtract guests (subject to our cancellation policy) if there is space available.

 

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