As of 2011, there are four separate boat cruises being offered in conjunction with the National Park Service that include a park ranger onboard. The ranger gives informative narrations about the specific cruise destination along with interesting stories about legends of the sea, the Maine coast, and its rugged inhabitants and their lifestyle. From late spring through early fall, the programs are offered multiple times each week. Schedules and fees vary so be sure to check the National Park's schedule of events for more information. Arrive at least 15 minutes before departure. Reservations are recommended.
The four National Park Ranger narrated boat cruises are:
Baker Island Cruise (mid-June through mid-September)
Explore a remote, ocean-sculpted island seen by few visitors. Hop aboard a motorized launch for landing and discover the island's unique natural and cultural history on a moderate hike with a park ranger. 4.5 hours. Fee. Harbor Place, 1 West Street, Bar Harbor. Reservations: 207-288-2386.
Dive-In Theater Boat Cruise (mid-May through early October)
Cruise with a ranger through Frenchman Bay in search of seals, porpoises, and coastal bird life. Watch real-time video as a diver scours the ocean floor for marine life to bring aboard the boat for hands-on exploration. 3 hours. Fee. College of the Atlantic Dock. Advance Ticket Sales (through their reservation company): 800-979-3370 (US) or 212-209-3370 (international).
Frenchman Bay Cruise (mid-May through early October)
Climb aboard a majestic 151-foot, four-masted schooner in search of wildlife and history. 2 hours. Fee. Bar Harbor Inn Pier. Reservations: 207-288-4585.
Islesford Historical Cruise (mid-May through early October)
Discover the enduring connections between people and the sea. Search for wildlife as you cruise to Little Cranberry Island for a stop at the Islesford Historical Museum and explore the scenic fjord of Somes Sound. Municipal Pier, Northeast Harbor. 2½ hours. Fee. Reservations: 207-276-5352.
Schedule of Events
You may also charter a boat with one of the following companies.
Beal & Bunker Mail Boat and Ferry Service
The Cranberry Cove Boating Co.
(207) 244-5882 or (207) 460-3977
The Delight Water Taxi and Custom Cruises
Click the following for information on Maine Lighthouses:
Maine Lighthouses Illustrated Map & Guide
by Peter Dow Bachelder, Bella Terra Publishing
The Lighthouses of Maine (Lighthouse Treasury)
by Jeremy D'Entremont
Maine Lighthouses: Documentation Of Their Past
by J. Candace Clifford, Mary Louise Clifford
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