Cruises: Maine, 2009

See our 2009 Schedule for dates and rates.

Photography Cruise with Neal Parent
May 27-30, 2009
Learn Digital Imaging/Photoshop aboard the excursion vessel WANDERBIRD. Go back in time as we explore the outer Maine Islands. We will go ashore to photograph many wonderful ports and see their way of life. We will work with Photoshop on board daily. Learn to enhance your images to produce what you have seen. (Neal Parent Photography)

Mothership Kayaking and Pelagic Seabird Cruise
June 1-6, 2009

June is nesting season! This is a rare opportunity to see and photograph pelagic birds as they travel to and from their nesting sights on the offshore islands of Maine. Many of these birds are only seen during once a year during nesting season, as they spend their lives at sea far offshore. A bird watchers trip to remember! More about birding...

kayakingMothership Kayaking: We will take you to different scenic paddling locations aboard the Wanderbird. Each morning after a hearty and delicious breakfast we will launch the kayaks to travel as guided group to explore remote and beautiful area of the coast and islands that are not usually accessible from shore-based launching sites. We will pack a bag or meet on a beach for lunch, paddle for the afternoon and then meet back aboard the Wanderbird for hot showers, refreshment, a comfortable place to relax and unwind. You will be pampered with snacks and maybe some wine before sitting down to one of Karen's fine meals. Some paddling experience would be nice but all levels are welcome.


Captain's house Captain's house
Typical captain's houses

Wooden Boat Magazine's Southern Coast of Newfoundland Cruise
June 15-26, 2009 (12 days); June 16-25, 2010 (10 days)
Port Aux Basques Newfoundland to St. Pierre, FR
WOODENBOAT SCHOOL on board WANDERBIRD
A fascinating excursion to explore the southern coast of Newfoundland. WoodenBoat School and Captains Rick & Karen Miles invite you to join them for a memorable time on board the 90' WANDERBIRD. Exploring the remote southern coast of Newfoundland from Port aux Basques to the French-owned island of St Pierre. We will travel through many deep and mighty fjords with cascading waterfalls and cliffs that rise hundreds of feet. Within the shelter of these fjords, we will voyage miles inland to our incredibly protected anchorages where very few vessels venture. We will also visit some of the few remaining outposts that can only be reached by boat, and meet some of the hardy folk who still fight for a living from the sea. The whales, seabirds, and other creatures in this part of the world are incredible. During the voyage, WANDERBIRD also plans to visit the offshore French islands of St. Pierre and Miquelon. Come along on an early morning excursion to the local Patisserie or Boulangerie to sample the first batch out of the oven for the day!

St. John’s Newfoundland to St. Anthony, Newfoundland

Come along with us to visit the 400-year-old commercial port and capital of Newfoundland, St. John’s; where the Atlantic Ocean and the rising sun make their first appearance in North America. As we depart St. John's harbor and head north, we will witness majestic humpbacks frolicking in the Atlantic, we'll pass island colonies of seabirds (home to thousands of nesting puffins, gannets, kittiwake and storm petrels), 10,000 year old icebergs will drift by, and we'll experience dramatic coastlines.  Together aboard Wanderbird, we'll explore tiny fishing communities such as like Trinity, Hearts Content, and Twillingate, as we make new friends and greet old friends alike.  Newfoundland is made up of a people whose lives have been shaped by the sea for over 500 years. Learn of rich traditions and history that are celebrated through local music and art. As we travel up the great northern peninsula to end our voyage in St Anthony, we'll see the northern boreal forest inhabited by moose, caribou and bald eagles.  Take time while in St Anthony to climb the 476 step walkway to experience breath taking views over Fishing Point and surrounding communities, visit the Grenfell Interpretation Centre to gain insight into the amazing life of Dr. Grenfell and the work of the Grenfell Mission, and don't miss Viking Landing (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), an archaeological site featuring the reconstructions of three Norse buildings which are the earliest known European settlement in the New World.  Come discover Newfoundland on an adventure aboard Wanderbird.  This is another voyage of a lifetime!

seals with pups
Seals & Pups

Newfoundland To Maine Repositioning Voyage

Adventure!! Sail as a crewmember: Expedition Repositioning cruise from St. John's Newfoundland to Belfast, Maine via the south coast of Newfoundland, the southern coasts of Cape Breton Island and Nova Scotia, the Bay of Fundy and Maine; Time spent at sea as watchstanding crew.

 

Northern Travel Note:
*** Guests are responsible for their own travel costs and arrangements to and from our start and end points in Newfoundland. For some suggestions on travel to those ports, please see our Destinations pages on this site.

 


Humpback Sounds...

Water Music on the High Seas
August 10-15, 2009
Consider this: we marry the most beautiful music ever written as played on that intricate and enduring instrument, the violin, with the allure of the Ocean Blue. An extravaganza of culture and discovery in a casual setting is the order of this unique voyage assisted by our guest, Keld Jensen from Ontario. On this special trip, Keld's simple and elegant renditions of many classics from Bach to Andrew Lloyd Webber will be heard during several on-board concerts.

The mood is set immediately as we cast off to the beautiful strains of Handel's Water Music swirling around the decks. As always, our voyages are all about discovery, so not only do we sail in search of adventure, scenery, and wildlife as per our normal itineraries, but also find culture in the most unusual places. Can Keld play a duet with a singing whale? Do you renew your vows at sea? What about a sing-along to Gilbert and Sullivan's operettas? Keld's private concerts are always informal, informative, and highly listenable. Audience participation and requests are encouraged. A special bonus night is a discussion of the workings, history, and making of violins. This is a trip to be remembered fondly for years to come. Don't dare miss it if you love violin music, great melodies, adventure, and relaxation.

 

Bay of Fundy, North Atlantic Right Whales, & Lighthouses - Down East Maine Expedition
August 23-30, 2009
In these rich northern waters we will have a great chance to see many varieties of whales as they spend the late summer and fall feeding in our local waters. The hydrophone will be deployed to give us a chance to listen to, as well as observe these gentle giants. We'll also look for Storm Petrel, Shearwater, Gannets and many other pelagic seabirds while admiring the coast and islands and local landmarks.

The Bay of Fundy reveals some great northern lighthouses and sights of this lesser travelled, majestic coast. A trip to remember! Scenic lighthouses of Penobscot Bay will be next on our itinerary- Each one is beautiful and unique with interesting history and even some spooky legends! Aboard the Wanderbird, we will have the special opportunity to view some of the very remote offshore lighthouses such a Mt. Desert Rock, Matinicus Light, Isle Au Haut, or Monhegan Light. Other lighthouses we are likely to see are: Owl's Head, Whitehead, Pumpkin Island, Dice's Head, Grindle Point, Hockamock Head, Indian Island and many more. We'll spend time ashore, as well, where we can actually visit and explore around some beautiful old Maine Lighthouses.

Pumpkin Island Light
Pumpkin Island Light

 

Island Hiking Cruise
September 13-19, 2009
One of our most popular cruises! We spend extra time each day hiking on some of Penobscot Bay's most beautiful Islands and State Parks. The exertion level is up to you. Some of our favorite hiking locations are; quaint North Haven Village and the surrounding countryside, Holbrook Island Wildlife Preserve, Fort Point Seaside Trails and State Park, picturesque Swan's Island and Warren Island State Park.


Island trail

 

Wanderbird's Famous Wine Tasting Cruise
October 12-15, 2009
What better way to sample the local wines than form the decks of the Wanderbird? We will be working with the Winterport Winery to blend their local wines with our gourmet cuisine for a wonderful gastronomical treat as we voyage along our scenic coastline and explore island villages.

Maine sunset
Dining by Sunset

Fantastic Fall Foliage & Coastal Maine Lighthouses
October 16-22, 2009

You've never seen the foliage like this before. Look across the decks toward the mainland for colors that go on as far as you can see. Northern Lights often grace our skies on these late season trips, and warm up with Karen's seasonal favorites from the galley!

All this as we chart a course for the scenic lighthouses of Penobscot Bay- Each one is beautiful and unique with interesting history and even some spooky legends! Aboard the Wanderbird, we will have the special opportunity to view some of the very remote offshore lighthouses such a Mt. Desert Rock, Matinicus Light, Isle Au Haut, or Monhegan Light. Other lighthouses we are likely to see are: Owl's Head, Whitehead, Pumpkin Island, Dice's Head, Grindle Point, Hockamock Head, Indian Island and many more. We'll spend time ashore, as well, where we can actually visit and explore around some beautiful old Maine Lighthouses.

fall foliage

below decks saloon
Bring your instruments!

Educational Charters Welcome  -  Family Charters Welcome

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