Maine Coast and Canadian Harbors

Announcing the new Maine Coast and Canadian Harbors cruise. This incredible 7-night, round-trip itinerary sails up the Maine coast to the famous Bay of Fundy, one of the natural wonders of the world.

Start this amazing journey in Portland, a charming seaport town with a rich maritime history and picturesque waterfront. Explore Campobello Island, the summer retreat for President Franklin D. Roosevelt and his family for over 50 years. Led by our local expert guides, travel to the scenic shores of Rockland, stroll along the charming turn-of-the-century streets of St. Andrews, and enjoy the best whale watching on Grand Manan Island. 

As you cruise through the Bay of Fundy, you will be captivated by the dramatic cliffs, sculptured islands, and rock columns carved into its coastline. With the highest tides on earth and the rarest whales in the world, the Bay of Fundy is a place like none other. Return to Maine and explore the natural beauty of Acadia National Park in Bar Harbor.

Along the way, enjoy our award-winning enrichment programs and delectable, regionally inspired cuisine.

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Cruise Itinerary

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Ports of Call
1
Portland, ME
2
Rockland, ME
3
Eastport, ME / Campobello Island, NB
4
St. Andrews, NB
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St. John, NB
6
Grand Manan Island
7
Bar Harbor, ME
8
Portland, ME

Maine Coast and Canadian Harbors

This 8-day voyage along the Maine Coast and Canadian Harbors is a transformative experience. The rich history and culture of the area, as well as the natural beauty that surrounds you, will inspire and delight.

Ports of Call

  • Portland, ME
  • Portland, ME
  • Rockland, ME
  • Eastport, ME / Campobello Island, NB
  • St. Andrews, NB
  • St. John, NB
  • Grand Manan Island
  • Bar Harbor, ME
  • Portland, ME

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Pre-Cruise
Portland, ME

Our custom Portland Pre-Cruise Package provides you with a seamless way to experience the city and easily board the ship. Arrive the day before your cruise and Pearl Seas Cruises will handle the rest. The package includes a 1 night stay at the Marriott Residence Inn, located in the heart of downtown and steps away from the dock.  

On the morning of your cruise enjoy breakfast and a guided exploration of Portland. Immerse yourself in the maritime heritage of Maine’s largest city-by-the-sea, as you view Longfellow’s boyhood home and the elegant Victorian Mansions that overlook the islands of Casco Bay. Stop at the famous Portland Head Light, a historic landmark and the most photographed lighthouse in America.

The excursion concludes at the ship, where your luggage will be waiting for you in your stateroom. Enjoy a relaxing afternoon cruise out of Portland Harbor as you begin your amazing journey with us. 
                               
Pre-Cruise Packages must be reserved at least 30 days before your cruise date. Please call (800) 981-9146 for pricing and availability.
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Day  1
Portland, ME

Begin your adventure with a calm afternoon on the sun deck looking for whales and enjoying the stunning natural beauty of Maine’s rugged coast. Overlooking Casco Bay, Portland is home to a wealth of historic and architectural treasures with a rich nautical heritage which has been preserved for centuries. Big city excitement blends delightfully with small-town charm, as fishing vessels bustle in the harbor and Victorian-era buildings still line cobblestone streets.

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Day  2
Rockland, ME

Famous for its mountainous and rugged shore, Rockland is one of Maine's unique treasures. A lively town, Rockland has a vibrant art culture and thriving lobster industry. Spend your time touring one of Rockland's unique museums, including the Owls Head Transportation Museum and the Farnsworth Art Museum. Explore downtown Rockland which features an eclectic collection of art galleries, or relax on a park bench and watch classic schooners sail through the harbor.

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Rockland City Museum Exploration

Visit the famous Farnsworth Art Museum and explore the museum’s permanent collection entitled, “Maine in America,” which showcases area artists. The Farnsworth Art Museum is one of only two centers in the country dedicated to the three generations of Wyeths: Andrew, N.C., and James Wyeth.

The Owls Head Transportation Museum has one of the finest collections of pioneer-era aircraft and automobiles in the world. More than 100 historic aircraft, automobiles, bicycles, carriages and engines are on permanent display. Explore the museum’s outstanding collection and discover why this is truly a favorite Maine destination.

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Lobsterbake Luncheon

Take a short ride to Sharp’s Point South Marina, situated on the grounds of the historic Snow Shipyard, where before the turn of the last century, more schooners were built than anywhere else in New England. Upon arrival, watch the unveiling of a traditional, old-fashioned lobster bake luncheon. Enjoy music performed by a local band while you dine.

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The Sail Power & Steam Museum Guided Exploration

Just before enjoying the Lobsterbake Luncheon at Sharp’s Point South, enjoy a guided exploration of the Sail Power & Steam Museum, a working “hands on” museum with sail making and rigging rooms. Enjoy “make ‘n break” gas stationery and steam engines, old ship building tools, hand tools, and architectural builder’s half models. The museum has a complete boat shop with caulking tools, a working sail maker’s bench, and a navigation room with two working radars. Also in the museum is a shipwreck room featuring wrecks of 1898, a real working lime kiln, and an extensive model display of schooners and steamboats of Penobscot.

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Camden Historical Walking Exploration

Join a local guide for a walking exploration of Camden, the prettiest harbor on the Maine Coast. The excursion will cover the history of Camden with its industrial beginnings through its current status as the hub for yachting in Maine. Enjoy the beautiful architecture and landscaping designs as you weave through the streets of this quaint port. Following the excursion, you will have time to explore Camden on your own.

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Lobstering & Lighthouse Cruise

Take a cruise from Camden Harbor with Captain Dominic aboard Lively Lady. Watch a live lobster fishing demonstration and enjoy scenic views of Curtis Island Lighthouse, idyllic landscapes, and abundant wildlife.

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Day  3
Eastport, ME / Campobello Island, NB

An island located between Cobscook Bay and Passamaquoddy Bay, Eastport is a scenic and largely undiscovered treasure with a population of less than 2,000. Though small in size, Eastport has the deepest port on the East Coast and was once the center of the Atlantic Seaboard sardine-canning industry. Today, Eastport is home to an eclectic creative community of artists, writers, and filmmakers who live and work there. Continue on to Campobello Island, a scenic island off the Coast of Maine, located in New Brunswick on the Bay of Fundy. President Franklin D. Roosevelt and his family spent more than fifty years vacationing at this enchanting island retreat, known for its breathtaking views and unspoiled natural beauty.

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Roosevelt Campobello International Park

Explore the island where Franklin D. Roosevelt and his family spent more than fifty years vacationing. A partnership between Canada and the United States, the park is jointly administered, staffed, and funded by both governments. Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt’s magnificent summer home has been preserved and transformed into a combination museum and outdoor nature park. Enjoy your time on the island touring the Visitor Centre, Roosevelt Cottage, the beautiful flower gardens, and admiring the 2,800 acres of Natural Area preserve.

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Galleries & Historic Downtown Walking Exploration

Enjoy, at your leisure, a self-guided walking exploration of the Historic Downtown District where local blue vested guides will be posted throughout the town to share knowledge of the area and its history. Departing directly from the Port Welcome Center at the head of the pier, guests will be given information and a sheet titled, “Things to Do Today in Eastport Maine.” Learn about Eastport’s “great fire,” tidal power past and present, and the interesting fishing and shipping history. Eastport’s Ambassadors will provide additional guidance and assistance as needed.

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Lobster Boat Experience

Cruise on a genuine Maine working lobster boat, where we will stop and explore Maine’s number one commercial fishery, Lobstering! Pull an actual lobster trap in the waters of Passamaquoddy Bay with a licensed lobster fisherman. View porpoise, bald eagles, osprey, seals, and other wildlife which makes the bay their home. Experience 26+ foot tides and travel through the “Old Sow,” the hemisphere’s largest whirlpool. Listen to the tales of the sea from our experienced captain. Witness working salmon farming pens, part of the local aquaculture industry, and enjoy a narrated tour of the pens and farming process.

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Day  4
St. Andrews, NB

Also known as “St. Andrews by-the-Sea,” Saint Andrews is one of the oldest towns in the Canadian Maritimes and is recognized as a National Historic District. Stroll along the streets of this charming seaside town, steeped in turn-of-the-century charm. Admire the beautiful period homes and historic sites such as the Algonquin Hotel, a War of 1812 Blockhouse, and the Charlotte County Courthouse. Visit the picturesque downtown area and peruse the unique art galleries and boutiques which offer locally handcrafted products.

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Highlights of Saint Andrews by-the-Sea

In the company of your knowledgeable guide, discover the charming coastal town of St. Andrews-by-the-Sea, blessed with many architectural marvels dating from the 19th-century. The highlights to see are many, including the beautiful Kingsbrae Garden, a multi-award winning 27-acre garden and the Algonquin Resort, a Tudor-style castle where Princess Diana once stayed. Best of all, you will have time to explore the Old Gaol, dating back to 1832 and designated a Provincial Heritage Place. Explore downtown St. Andrews with its many fine boutiques, local craft shops and galleries. Take a walk on the pier and watch the fishing and tour boats come and go before returning to the ship. 

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Bay of Fundy Whale Watching Adventure

Stroll along the beautiful St. Andrew’s waterfront as you make your way to embark on this once in a lifetime whale watching adventure. Climb aboard your vessel and travel across Passamaquoddy Bay where you may see seals sunning themselves on rocks or swimming nearby. Continue onwards to reach the playground of the whales in the rich feeding grounds of the Bay of Fundy. 

Enroute among the islands, porpoise and sometimes white sided dolphins often approach the boat to enjoy some "boat wake surfing." Throughout the journey view a variety of bird life, three lighthouses, and depending on the season, Minke, Humpback, Right or Finback whales. While stopped, the boat permits standing and walking freely around for 360 degree views and those unforgettable photos. Return to the resort town of St. Andrews-By-the-Sea, with free time for shopping, exploring the town, and/or enjoying a meal at a seaside locational at your leisure.

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Day  5
St. John, NB

St. John is the oldest incorporated city in Canada and the only city on the Bay of Fundy. Here, the urban beauty of this historic city complements the natural splendor of the world famous-bay. Spend time at the Saint John City Market, the oldest continuing farmers’ market in North America with rafters that resemble the inverted hull of a ship. Market Square on the waterfront features fine restaurants, art galleries, and boutiques. View the famous Reversing Rapids as the tides of the Bay of Fundy force the waters to reverse their flow at the mouth of the St. John River.

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St. Martin's & The Bay of Fundy Adventure

Travel to the shores of the Bay of Fundy and explore the picturesque fishing village of St. Martins, with a chance to visit a working harbor and stroll on a rocky Bay of Fundy Beach! Pass through the city of Saint John and the scenic countryside, enjoying views of the coastline on your way to St. Martins. Learn about the village’s unique history, including the thriving shipbuilding era. If the tide is low, visit the St. Martin’s sea caves and beach to view the caves under the cliffs carved out by the pounding tides. Visit the harbor area, which is a favorite of photographers and painters, with its lighthouse, lobster traps, and fishing boats, as well as two covered bridges creating a charming scene. Enjoy time to shop for locally handmade country crafts at the harbor area.

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Saint John City Highlights

Discover nearly four hundred years of history in Canada’s oldest incorporated city and one of the friendliest cities you’ll ever visit. Your local guide will introduce you to the personalities, places, and events that have made Saint John “the greatest little city in the East.” Witness the famous Reversing Falls Rapids where some of the highest tides in the world meet twice a day and the Mighty Saint John River reverses its direction. View the Old City Market, where locals have been buying fresh produce in the old-fashioned setting since 1876, and the Martello Tower National Historic Site. Explore and admire the beauty of the Bay of Fundy from Fort Howe which overlooks this charming old port city. Learn about the history of the United Empire Loyalists who founded the Saint John in 1783 and the story of General Benedict Arnold from American Revolutionary War fame.

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A Stroll Through Old Saint John

The most memorable way to experience Saint John is to explore it at the leisurely pace of this guided walking exploration. Follow the footsteps of history, as you stroll past classic 19th-century architecture, adorned with ornate carvings, stained glass windows, and gothic gargoyles. View the finely crafted wrought iron gates of the Saint John City Market, then continue through King’s Square, where the guide will tell stories of the brave Loyalists laid to rest in the town’s Old Burial Ground.

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Day  6
Grand Manan Island

Grand Manan Island is a Canadian island and the largest in the Bay of Fundy. Rich in maritime history, the island features vintage lighthouses, working fishing villages, and herring weirs. Enjoy time whale-watching, as the waters around the Grand Manan Island are feeding grounds and nurseries for a number of whale species, including finback, humpback whales, minke, and the rare North Atlantic right whale. Also a haven for bird watchers, the island features over 240 species of birds that make the island their home.

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Grand Manan Island Explorer

Join your guide for an incredible discovery of the unspoiled natural beauty of Grand Manan. Learn about the famous Bay of Fundy, which surrounds Grand Manan and is renowned for its tides – the highest in the world. The rich waters of the bay are home to an abundant variety of marine life, which has kept island fisheries thriving for generations. View lobster pounds, fishing weirs, and other indications of a lifestyle built around the sea. Beneath the surface of the water lie many a testament of the ocean’s unforgiving side. Over 300 vessels have been wrecked around the island over the past two centuries. During your journey, hear stories of these tragedies, as well as and other facets of Grand Manan’s incredible history. Enjoy a guided tour of Grand Manan Museum, which features fascinating displays on the history of the island. Tour the breathtaking coastline and view lighthouses that have guided fishermen into Grand Manan’s harbors for decades. Learn how the world-renowned Dark Harbour Dulse is harvested and try some for yourself. Return to your ship, having experienced the warm community, natural wonders, and island life on Grand Manan.

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Swallowtail Lighthouse Hike

Meet members of Swallowtail Keepers Society and learn about the restoration and “Keepers in Residence” program of this iconic Grand Manan landmark. Swallowtail is held dear by islanders and visitors alike, not only as an historic lighthouse, but for the majestic marine vista it affords. Still an active aid to navigation, the lighthouse has a distinct history, and was first lit on July 7, 1860 using porpoise oil. It has weathered many storms and has been a welcoming beacon for fishermen, sailors, and visitors. Swallowtail still has its original tower, one of only a handful of remaining wooden light towers in Canada. The wonderful panoramic view of the coastline coupled with this iconic wooden lighthouse make it a perfect setting for photographers, artists, and sightseers. In fact, Swallowtail is one of the most photographed lighthouses in New Brunswick. Explore inside the lighthouse museum, climb the stairs to the top of the lighthouse, and walk between the lighthouse and keepers house, following the footsteps of the keepers over the years. 

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Day  7
Bar Harbor, ME

Nestled on the east side of Mt. Desert Island, Bar Harbor has enchanted visitors throughout history with its incredible natural beauty as well as its vibrant downtown village. Its majestic mountains and stunning seascapes have long inspired artists and writers and beckoned many others who come for reflection, relaxation, or outdoor exploration. In the early 20th century, wealthy visionaries donated the area now known as Acadia National Park, recognized for its breathtaking vistas and abundant wildlife.

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Acadia National Park Exploration

Acadia National Park encompasses 47,633 acres of granite-domed mountains and ocean shoreline. Enjoy an excursion that features two stops inside the Park: The top of Cadillac Mountain (highest point on the eastern seaboard at 1500+ ft.) and Thunder Hole with a spectacular ocean view. This excursion will take you to the must see places of Acadia, all the while providing you with the stories behind the sights.

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Puffins & Lighthouse Cruise

Ride a state-of-the-art catamaran into Frenchman Bay and the Gulf of Maine to see the most sought-after iconic symbols of Maine: Puffins and Lighthouses! Along the way, view the Petit Manan, Egg Rock, and Winter Harbor lighthouses, while searching for puffins, guillemots, ospreys, harbor porpoises, and eagles.

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Scenic Nature Cruise

In the protected waters of Frenchman Bay, cruise past some of the most breathtaking scenery in New England. A professional naturalist will be on board to share interesting stories of the region’s natural and human history and to answer any questions you may have. From the shear granite cliffs of Great Head to smooth rock beaches, admire a rugged maritime landscape etched by glaciers and battered by sea and wind. Here, the ocean teems with life; seals raise their pups on ledges, eagles build enormous nests, and pods of porpoise chase schools of herring. Your guide will point out magnificent summer homes along Millionaires’ Row, built during the “summer cottage” era of Bar Harbor. Since 1875, Egg Rock Island Lighthouse has served as a sentinel to mariners. Today, it is part of the Maine Coastal Islands National Wildlife Refuge and an important stop on this excursion.

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Lobster Fishing & Seal Watching Cruise

Come aboard the Miss Samantha, a 56’ vessel with ample bench seating, a touch tank for ocean critters, and an open bow for photography and viewing opportunities. Watch experienced fisherman haul in lobster traps from the ocean floor as a professional naturalist describes everything and answers all your questions about lobster fishing and marine wildlife. Once the traps are hauled in, you can touch lobsters, crabs, sea cucumbers, sea stars, and anything else comes up from the sea floor! About half way through the cruise, you will head off to a small island to view seals basking on the rocks or swimming in the nearby water. Don’t forget to bring your camera.

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Day  8
Portland, ME

After a refreshing and relaxing week of cruising Maine’s coast and Bay of Fundy, explore the city of Portland. This charming area is located in the heart of Casco Bay and offers something for everyone. Visit one of Portland’s many museums and art galleries or peruse the specialty boutiques in the city’s celebrated Old Port.

Pearl Mist

Aboard the 210 guest Pearl Mist, enjoy cruising to the most fascinating destinations in perfect comfort.

At more than 300 square feet, the large and gracefully appointed staterooms are a spacious sanctuary in which to relax after a day of exploration. Enjoy spectacular views from your room’s large window or by stepping onto your private balcony.

Furnishings throughout the ship are elegant and comfortable with a variety of spacious lounges to fit every mood – from the quiet library to the social atmosphere of the Atlantic Lounge. The Pearl Mist also features open sun decks, a fitness area, and a glass-enclosed dining room offering panoramic views.


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Category R

Deckplan

Our exclusive category R staterooms are over 450 square feet and are located in the premier sections of the ship offering an enhanced cruising experience. Each well-appointed room comes with sliding glass doors which lead out to a furnished balcony. Enjoy breakfast on your private balcony or simply relax and take in the amazing panoramic views. If there is anything you need, our stewards are on hand 24/7 to handle even the smallest of requests.

Category L

Deckplan

Our premium category L staterooms are over 300 square feet and are located on the 5th deck level of the ship, allowing for plenty of privacy. No attention to detail was spared in the design of these modern staterooms. Each comes with sliding glass doors leading to a private balcony where guests can enjoy pleasant breezes and scenic views.  Some of these rooms have adjoining doors, an option for guests who are traveling in a group or who wish to have a living room. 

Category K

Deckplan

Our generous category K staterooms are over 300 square feet and are conveniently located on the 4th deck level of the ship. These staterooms offer guests easy access to the Pacific Lounge and open passenger decks, with breathtaking views. Each room features a floor-to-ceiling sliding glass door leading to a private balcony, offering fresh air and natural light.

Category H

Deckplan

Category H staterooms are the perfect place to unwind after a day of exploration. Each 275 square foot room has a large opening picture window and a private balcony offering spectacular views of the passing scenery. The room also offers a full-size bathroom with all the modern amenities of a fine hotel.


Category G

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Our category G rooms are a spacious retreat with all the amenities a modern traveler expects. Each room offers 275 square feet of space encompassing a full-size bathroom, a large opening picture window, and a private balcony. This room is also conveniently located near the Atlantic Lounge and Dining Room.


Category SGB

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Our Category SGB staterooms are designed specifically with our single travelers in mind. A comfortable getaway, these rooms are spacious with all modern amenities. At over 200 square feet, these staterooms have interior entrances, large opening windows, and private balconies offering panoramic views.

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