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Address: 56 Commercial St, Portland, ME 04101-4704
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+1 207-749-9169

Enjoy the heritage and beauty of Casco Bay aboard our 74' Maine built...

Enjoy the heritage and beauty of Casco Bay aboard our 74' Maine built windjammer, Frances. Unwind and absorb as you take in Portland’s working waterfront, and the beautifully rugged islands just beyond. Sailing 3 times daily, May thru October. Frances is available for charter, accommodating parties of up to 42 guests. A sail aboard the Frances is an idyllic and unforgettable Maine experience; unique educational, and fun. We invite you to share in our adventure.

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Oysters and white burgundy wines sunset cruise

We booked an oysters and white burgundy wines tasting sunset cruise with Maine Sailing Adventures. Sommelier Erica Archer was a lot of fun to listen to and took very good care of... read more

Reviewed 6 July 2016
Montreal, Canada

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New York City, New York
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 July 2016

We should have read reviews in detail before going, as it appears what we were looking to get out of our trip on the Frances simply isn't what the Captain wishes to offer. Others mentioned that you don't get any information out of the trip. That may be an understatement. My family did the Weekly Summer Vegetable Delivery trip. The... More 

1 Thank gpd209
Montreal, Canada
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77 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 July 2016

We booked an oysters and white burgundy wines tasting sunset cruise with Maine Sailing Adventures. Sommelier Erica Archer was a lot of fun to listen to and took very good care of her guests. Captain Megan and her crew made the cruise very enjoyable. This is the happy hour to beat every happy hour we've ever had.

2 Thank stperic
Bolingbrook, Illinois
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57 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 October 2015

Enjoy a sailing cruise on Casco Bay aboard the sailboat Frances. This is not a "tour" in which a guide continually talks to you, rattling off facts about the surrounding area. We did not tour around the local lighthouses, but rather went calmly sailing out into the bay. Very relaxing. The captain and her crew were friendly and happily talked... More 

1 Thank Denise Y
New England
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100 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 September 2015

We had a 3-day sales conference. During one of the afternoons we were aboard Maine Sailing Adventures where Captain Megan Jones took the 35 of us out to sea for a wonderful afternoon sail. We had wine, beer, snacks from Aurora Provisions during our 2-hour cruise. The staff was incredibly friendly and the trip beautiful. With one simple phone call... More 

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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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37 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 September 2014

Overall this was a great and affordable sail that for us, lasted about 2 hours and 10 minutes. The crew talked a bit about safety and the history of the boat before setting sail. Other than that they did not provide any commentary, but some people asked crew members questions, which they seemed happy to answer. I didn't buy anything... More 

2 Thank eickyeicky
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13 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 August 2014

We went with a group of 6 adults and 5 children, ages 2-8, and we all had a good time. I will say that if you are looking for a guided, informative tour, this isn't it. They basically sail you an hour out into the bay, turn around, and come back. There isn't any explanation of what you are sailing... More 

4 Thank lucy23st
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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72 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 October 2013

My group of five adult, family members along with our little dog joined this early evening tour after signing up right at the booth on the dock. The tour boat was spacious, clean, and comfortable, and the tour guide and crew were friendly and welcoming. We were genuinely amazed at the quality and value of this experience, in terms of... More 

1 Thank Mary B
Pelham, New York
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54 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 August 2013

We went out on a cloudy night for the acoustic sunset cruise with Meg and her crew and had one of the best nights of our trip. The boat was perfect for our kids (four of them - ages 13 to 5) with plenty of room to explore - but nice high sides so we didn't have to worry about... More 

2 Thank Chrisitne E
North Yarmouth, Maine
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 June 2013

I have had the pleasure sailing aboard the Frances many times. The crew and Meg always do an excellent job at making you feel welcome and crusiing around the islands. My company uses it frequently for client or staff appreciation events.

1 Thank Clevsteamer
Ucluelet, Canada
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108 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 January 2013

This tour started off with a land portion including a trip to the lighthouse. But the fun part was sailing on a restord sailing schooner. Our trip started out with good weather, but a rain squal moved in. This is a fun tour, but it is very important to dress warmly. If there is a chance or rain, bring a... More 

1 Thank Norman A

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