What does the cost of a Windjammer Cruise include?
Pretty Much Everything. A sailing adventure aboard the Ladona is an-all inclusive vacation. The cost includes accommodations and all meals with the exception of dinner on boarding night, when you are free to choose one of Rockland's excellent restaurants. From your first fresh juice in the morning to a last glass of port after dessert, you are all set. While we make a point of not up-charging for anything we offer during your cruise, we do provide a passenger ice box should you choose to bring additional beverages and snacks. Not included are the $20 parking fee per vehicle per trip and a customary gratuity for our hard-working crew.
What makes Ladona so special?
Besides her classic good looks and racing pedigree, we have gone to great lengths to make our guests comfortable. Ladona offers:
- Exceptional cuisine, selected wines (and beer) paired with each evening meal
- Premium linens, bathrobes, and other luxurious touches
- Solid bronze bespoke and vintage fixtures throughout, and plenty of warm varnished mahogany
- Four cabins with queen beds, four with two twins, and one single cabin
- Three showers: one on deck for rinsing off after swimming, and two below decks
- Three semi-ensuite, stat-of-the-art electric marine heads
- Hot and cold running water in all cabins and heads
- 110 volt (household) power outlets and USB ports in each cabin and head
- plenty of comfortable places to lounge on deck and below: we have redisigned Ladona from scratch with your comfort in mind
- Explore on your own: two stand-up paddleboards and a classic rowing skiff to use in quiet anchorages
- Seated dining on deck under the awning or below in our capacious galley
- Plenty of space to relax: 82 feet of classic schooner, sixteen guests, and five crew to attend to your needs
What kind of wildlife will we see?
Penobscot Bay is one of the most pristine cruising grounds in the US, home to seals, dolphins, porpoises, whales, ospreys, ocean sunfish, bald eagles, loons, puffins, and herons, to name but a few. You'll have plenty of time to watch them all from the quiet deck of the schooner as we sail through their rich habitat. Your captain has spent much of his life following them around the bay.
I have a special dietary need. Can you accommodate me?
Of course! Just let us know when you book your trip and we will make sure your needs are taken care of. Vegan? Lactose intolerant? Nut allergies? No problem.
Can I help sail the Schooner?
You bet! If you are looking for an unforgettable lesson in traditional tall ship sailing, you have come to the right place. Beginners and Old Salts alike can take part in sailing one of the oldest American vessels afloat. Our crew of professional mariners are always happy to explain the workings of the ship, principles of sail, navigation, or the finer points of ropework. The Ladona is rigged just as she was in 1922, so when it's time to man the halyards, feel free to join in! You're also welcome to simply watch the crew do its work, after all, it is your vacation.
What are the cabins like?
Cabins on the Ladona are simple, small, and carefully designed. Keep in mind, these are sailboat cabins, not cruise ship staterooms - no room to foxtrot, just room enough to stow your gear, dress, and get a great night's sleep. As any sailor will attest, vessels built to sail naturally have limited cabin space, it is the nature of the beast. All cabins have natural light, fresh air ventilation, a sink with hot and cold running water, ample hooks for your convenience, good lighting, 110v outlets, and excellent mattresses. Beds are furnished with two pillows, crisp sheets and non-allergenic comforters. Soap, washcloths, towels and drinking cups are also provided
Where are we going?
Cruising on Ladona is subject to the wind and the tide. With over 2,200 islands in our Maine cruising ground, each day is designed for maximum enjoyment of the coast. There is no itinerary, plans can change hourly. There are no unpleasant options — we are in Maine! — just classic New England fishing villages, pristine thoroughfares, wide breezy bays, and perfect sunsets.
What about gratuity/tip?
It is customary for passengers to give a gratuity of 10% of their cruise cost to any crew member to share with their crewmates. Sailing on the Ladona would not be possible without their dedication and efforts.
What do we do if the weather is not good for sailing?
On not-so-perfect weather days, we adjust our plans accordingly. On a foggy day, we may choose to explore one of the many charming villages, or take a hike in Acadia National Park. When we are becalmed, swimming, exploring our anchorage in our rowboat, beachcombing, fishing or just reading and soaking up the sun are all good standbys. If it rains, the crew rigs awnings to shelter most of the deck.
Other questions? Don’t hesitate to call.