Two of us and our 13 year-old grandson took a 5 day cruise on the Mercantile in August, 2017. Some aspects of the trip were very good. The crew was great--all fun, interesting people. They were especially good at involving our grandson in the running of the ship which made it a lot of fun for him. The weather was great as was getting to know the other passengers. The accommodations were certainly authentic, but a bit more basic than what we were expecting. For example, we've been on windjammers in the Caribbean and these at least have small sinks in each cabin. On the Mercantile, the only source of fresh water for tooth brushing, etc. is a single hand pump on deck. A single shower for the entire ship was another limitation we weren't accustomed to. A major disappointment was the limited range of cruising. The company's web site shows that the "typical" five day cruise will go further up the coast, beyond Mt. Desert Island. We were looking forward to that. However, because of low demand for the cruises, several 3 and 4 day cruises from both the Grace Bailey and the Mercantile were combined with our 5 day cruise. This meant that our range was restricted to Penobscot Bay and its immediate environs in order to be able to pick up and drop off people on those shorter cruises from ports near Camden. This made the cruise less satisfying for us.
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