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“A good trip, but with some disappointment”

Maine Windjammer Cruises -Sally Harbor
Reviewed 14 September 2017

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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Reviewed 1 August 2017

Maine Windjammers with Captain Ray and Captain Chris was a great way to spend five days seeing the islands of downeast Maine. They promise an authentic Windjammer sailing experience and they deliver.
My wife and I spent five days on the Grace Bailey, with a revolving cast of other travelers, ranging in age from 12 to 74, and all were interesting and fun.
But much to my surprise, the hardworking crew (Obi, Brad, Tyler, and Reuben) turned out to be terrifically interesting people in their own rights. Obi is a softspoken giant who makes his own musical instruments. Brad talks knowledgeably with passengers about Halo and Andrew Lloyd Weber Musicals, Tyler's lasagne ranks up with the best of your Italian nana, and Reuben is taking a break from working on housing in devastated regions of the world.
They and the Captains are the true social lubricant on this boat, keeping everyone happy and fed.
The work is real, if you are willing (raising and lowering sails and anchors), and the boat is genuine (cabins for two are about 3 by 6), but they will show you every nook and cranny. For instance, Captain Chris explained how the rudder gear box worked, while we greased it).
This is not a luxury cruise. You'll want a good shower when you come home, but it is a really rewarding and fun experience.

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