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2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2018
What more could we have asked for?: Excellent food, great captain and crew, great shipmates, beautiful vessel, opportunities to learn how to sail, no one under 16, no smoking, no power, great for retirees, hands on experience. We were ... Read More
What more could we have asked for?: Excellent food, great captain and crew, great shipmates, beautiful vessel, opportunities to learn how to sail, no one under 16, no smoking, no power, great for retirees, hands on experience. We were the only first timers on the French......Once you have sailed the French, it's hard to think of sailing with anyone else....This is truly an authentic sailing experience from the 1800s complete with 'cozy' cabins, wood stove cooking, and only the wind to propel you...experience of a lifetime. This particular sailing was during the Windjammer festival. We returned to Camden harbor on the 31st to a town ready for fireworks and fun, as the passengers and crews joined in on a talent show in the park. The night was clear and it was a fitting end to a marvelous experience. The farewell breakfast was bittersweet as we bid good bye to all the new friends we made. Read Less
Sail Date: July 2018
We stayed on the ship for 4 nights. The trip has fantastic food and plenty of it made by the chef. The mates were very friendly and knowledgeable. It is a fairly primitive, manuel run ship which adds to the draw. It is very cool how the ... Read More
We stayed on the ship for 4 nights. The trip has fantastic food and plenty of it made by the chef. The mates were very friendly and knowledgeable. It is a fairly primitive, manuel run ship which adds to the draw. It is very cool how the ship has been fitted and changed throughout the years to accommodate guests but everything is still done by hand and many original and old items are still used. There is a wood burning cook stove and oven which heats the water for the shower and sink, and everything you eat is made on it. We got homemade muffins, breads and biscuits every day and everything we ate was made from scratch in the galley. The food was fantastic and eating on deck in the breeze is very relaxing. You can help hoist sails, raise the anchor and drive the ship. Garth, the captain, is very knowledgeable and ready to answer any questions and share his knowledge with you. The cabins have USB charging ports and a sink. The beds are comfortable and while the rooms are tiny, they are cozy. If you think this would be a fun thing to do, absolutely do it. It was really fun and you can do as much or as little as you want. We anchored every night and took row boats out to the shore to hike and sight see, plus one night we had the lobster bake on the beach which was delicious and very cool to experience. I would recommend it to anyone that thinks they are interested. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2018
This was a wonderful trip. Captain Garth and his crew were excellent and fun to be with. They really made the trip great. The Lewis R French is a great boat and was fun to sail on. We would do it again. The perfect trip to get away from it ... Read More
This was a wonderful trip. Captain Garth and his crew were excellent and fun to be with. They really made the trip great. The Lewis R French is a great boat and was fun to sail on. We would do it again. The perfect trip to get away from it all and enjoy nature and the fun of sailing. The food was excellent, it's amazing what Jason could do on a wood burning stove. We had a wonderful Lobster bake on an island that was a lot of fun and all the lobster you can eat, really. The weather was perfect and we only had a small amount of rain as we were docking. It is best to bring a jacket and as usual, follow the advice they give you on what to pack. It was a very well run trip and all went very well. We would do it again. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2017
September 2017, I spent another wonderful week on board this beautiful ship. The food was delicious, and all of it cooked in a wood stove. The crew members are knowledgeable and efficient. The camaraderie and laughter was memorable. There ... Read More
September 2017, I spent another wonderful week on board this beautiful ship. The food was delicious, and all of it cooked in a wood stove. The crew members are knowledgeable and efficient. The camaraderie and laughter was memorable. There is something for everyone. If you just want to relax with a good book, you will be left alone. But if you want to help raise the sails, take a turn at the wheel, or row ashore, a friendly crew member will help you. The scenery is spectacular! Maine is a beautiful state. You'll see whales, seals, birds and other beautiful creatures. At night, you'll sleep in a cozy but comfortable cabin, lulled by the gentle rocking of the boat and the waves lapping against the side of the ship. If you are thinking of sailing around the coast of Maine this summer, look no further than the schooner American Eagle. You'll be glad you did. Be warned; sailing is addictive. You'll want to return the following year. Make your reservations soon. That ship fills up quickly with repeat guests. As for what to pack, you need only three things: a sense of adventure, a sense of humor, and a sense of wonder. Welcome aboard! Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2017
I have been to many different places and on many vacations and I can safely say this vacation has been my favorite of all. Our initial motivation for seeking out Windjammers was my long held love of old schooners. Being able to experience ... Read More
I have been to many different places and on many vacations and I can safely say this vacation has been my favorite of all. Our initial motivation for seeking out Windjammers was my long held love of old schooners. Being able to experience of sailing on a 130 year old schooner for an extended period was a dream come true for us. That said, many of the other facets of the experience they offer fit us comfortably - The small group setting, the relaxed itinerary, the general informal nature of the experience, beauty of the Maine coast...all call us.Our Captain, Garth Wells was extremely knowledgeable, experienced and cool!! He truly loves the ships and enjoys what he does. He went out of his way to ensure all guests had an excellent time. The crew was amazing as well, we all became fast friends. They work hard, always smiling and know the guests by name. The chef did an excellent job with very delicious meals , all cooked on a wood burning stove. One evening we dropped anchor and had a great lobster bake on an island. We would definitely go again and recommend it to anyone, They accommodate single travelers too at no extra cost. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2017
My wife and I heard about the beauty of Maine and decided to see it from the water. So, we took a 6 day windjammer cruise on the Lewis R. French, Camden, Maine. We chose this cruise because it was a personable size schooner with the right ... Read More
My wife and I heard about the beauty of Maine and decided to see it from the water. So, we took a 6 day windjammer cruise on the Lewis R. French, Camden, Maine. We chose this cruise because it was a personable size schooner with the right amount of people ,21. It is a National Historic Landmark, over 140 years old. This itinerary is very laid back - a great chance to really disconnect from the everyday rush - and just relax. Watching birds, seals, the clouds, islands that we passed while sailing created a serene atmosphere. Captain Garth Wells was more than anyone could have hoped for in a captain. Affable, knowledgeable and capable, he and his crew made us feel very welcome on the well-maintained and beautiful Lewis R. French. Captain Wells even let me take over the helm . Just like the olden days ,being a pilot on a 140 year old windjammer. The crew was incredible - they worked to make sure we had everything we needed or wanted. Food was great - I couldn't believe the meals the chef prepared on a wood burning store in the ship's galley. If you are a food and nature lover, you will love this trip. My only complaint is that the cruise ended. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2017
We have sailed on everything from the Oasis of the Seas (Royal Caribbean) to crewed catamarans in the BVI's. Always was curious about sailing on a windjammer along the Maine coast, now glad we did it and the Mary Day was a great ... Read More
We have sailed on everything from the Oasis of the Seas (Royal Caribbean) to crewed catamarans in the BVI's. Always was curious about sailing on a windjammer along the Maine coast, now glad we did it and the Mary Day was a great choice. The ship itself is immaculate and stable, the crew of seven was always busy cleaning and maintaining the boat. Cabin was adequate, nothing fancy but comfortable....your not taking this type of cruise to sit in the cabin. Dining was extraordinary, unbelievable shore-front lobster bake, prime rib the last night with home made ice cream, fresh baked muffins all done on a wood burning stove. Captain and crew all seemed to play some kind of instrument and would play during the evening. Our particular cruise had fifteen passengers, pretty much ratio of 2 to 1, their goal was to make people comfortable, which they definitly accomplished. Other than sailing we did go ashore and visited the Wooden Boat School in Brooklin, ME, again very interesting, nice store and a good opportunity for some exercise. Read Less
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