Frequently Asked Questions
What does the cost of a Windjammer Cruise include?
Everything. A sailing adventure aboard the Stephen Taber is an all inclusive vacation. The cost includes accommodations and all meals, with the exception of dinner on boarding night. Juice is served at breakfast, iced tea or lemonade at lunch and wine with dinner. You may bring anything else you want to drink and keep it in the passenger ice box. If you have a car, there is a $20 parking fee per vehicle per trip. Beyond the customary 510% gratuity for our hard-working crew, there are no additional taxes or fees.
What kind of wildlife do you see?
Penobscot Bay is one of the most pristine cruising grounds in the US, home to countless seals, dolphin, porpoise, whales of several varieties, osprey, ocean sunfish, bald eagles, loons, puffins, and heron, 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. The Captain has spent most of his life following them around the bay.
What's the food like?
The Taber's reputation for excellent food is known far and wide. We pride ourselves on using only the best ingredients, erring always on the side of decadence. Visit Our Floating Feast for more.
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.
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 Taber is rigged just as she was in 1871, so when the crew mans the halyards, jump right in!
What are the cabins like?
Cabins on the Taber are simple, small, and cozy. Keep in mind, these are cabins, not staterooms no room to foxtrot, just room enough to stow your gear, dress, and get a great night's sleep. All cabins have a window for light and fresh air, a sink with fresh running water, ample hooks for your convenience and bed head reading lights. Beds are furnished with two pillows, crisp sheets and non-allergenic comforters. Soap, washcloths, towels and drinking cups are also provided along with portable folding stadium seats to take on deck and ashore.
Where are we going?
Cruising on the Stephen Taber is subject to the wind and the tide. That is to say, in the last 10 years, we have not repeated a week. With over 1500 islands in our cruising ground, each day is designed for maximum enjoyment of the Maine coast. There is no itinerary and plans can change hourly. There are no unpleasant options this is why we are in Maine just classic New England fishing villages, pristine thoroughfares, wide breezy bays, and perfect sunsets.
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 will rig awnings covering most of the deck space. The cozy galley is always a popular spot, with its wood stove, or you could read in our small library and main cabin, aft.
Will I get seasick?
With her solid oak construction and twenty-two-foot beam, the Taber is an exceptionally smooth ride. And considering that our cruising grounds include countless islands and protected bays, seasickness regardless of experience level is very rarely a problem. If you are still worried, bring along a pressure-point wristband or motion sickness drug, such as Bonine or Dramamine.
Please go to the Experience the Taber page for more information.