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Rates and Sailing Schedule

STEPHEN TABER 2015 Sailing Schedule

The Taber offers 3, 4, 5, and 6 day windjammer cruise vacations.


How to book: Please call 1-800-999-7352 or email us to check availability. A $350 deposit is required to save your space. We accept checks (payable to the Schooner Stephen Taber), MasterCard, Visa and Discover. The balance is due 6 weeks before the sail date.

Cancellations: You may cancel up to 6 weeks before sailing and receive your deposit back, less a 10% handling charge of the full cost of the sail.

All trips board in the evening. The ship sets sail the next morning.
First meal served is breakfast, the morning we leave.


Optional Inn Package:
2 Consecutive days, before or after all trips, at Captain Lindsey House Inn with breakfasts and one dinner.
(Inn package prices do not include mandatory 8% Maine state hotel tax.)
There is a $160 inn surcharge for single occupancy.

Boarding
4–6pm

Return
by 11am

Description

Price

Book Early
Discount

book before March 1, 2015

Sail & Inn
Package

Sail & Inn
Package

w/ early discount

May 21

May 25

4-Day Memorial Day Wine, Dine & Chocolate Cruise**

$618

$587

$758

$727

May 26

May 29

Available for group charter — daysail, overnight or 2-night cruise — email us for rates

May 30

June 3

4-Day Cruise

$698

$663

$838

$803

June 6

June 10

4-Day Music & Schooner Gam
with Tom, Chicky & Jed

$698

$663

$838

$803

June 11

June 14

3-Day Gourmet Cruise
with Chef James Tranchemontagne from the gastro pub Frog and Turtle

$648

$616

$788

$756

June 15

June 19

4-Day Summer Solstice Music Cruise
with the Nashville Ladies
longest days of the year

$698

$663

$903

$803

June 20

June 23

3-Day Wine Cruise*

$748

$711

$953

$916

June 24

June 28

4-Day Cruise

$748

$711

$953

$916

June 28

July 4

6-Day Great Schooner Race Week

$1,108

$1,053

$1,313

$1,258

July 5

July 11

6-Day Lighthouse Cruise & Rockland Windjammer Parade

$1,108

$1,053

$1,313

$1,258

July 12

July 15

3-Day Cruise

$738

$701

$943

$906

July 16

July 19

3-Day Cruise

$738

$701

$943

$906

July 19

July 24

5-Day Penobscot Bay Food Cruise with Down East magazine

Call or email us for rates

July 24

July 28

4-Day Wine Cruise*

$948

$901

$1,153

$1,106

July 28

Aug. 1

4-Day Cruise

$848

$806

$1,053

$1,011

Aug. 2

Aug. 8

6-Day Captain's Choice

$1,198

$1,138

$1,403

$1,343

Aug. 9

Aug. 13

Private Charter

Aug. 13

Aug. 16

3-Day Cruise

$738

$701

$943

$906

Aug. 16

Aug. 20

4-Day Cruise

$848

$806

$1,053

$1,011

Aug. 21

Aug. 24

3-Day Cruise

$738

$701

$943

$906

Aug. 25

Aug. 29

4-Day Wine Cruise*

$948

$901

$1,153

$1,106

Aug. 29

Sept. 1

3-Day Cruise

$738

$701

$943

$906

Sept. 1

Sept. 5

4-Day Camden Schooner Celebration

$798

$758

$1,003

$963

Sept. 6

Sept. 12

6-Day Photo & Lighthouse Cruise
with Photographer John Shipman

$998

$948

$1,203

$1,153

Sept. 13

Sept. 19

6-Day Wooden Boat Sail-In

$998

$948

$1,203

$1,153

Sept. 20

Sept. 26

6-Day Wine Week* with Michael Green

$1,198

$1,138

$1,403

$1,343

Sept. 27

Oct. 1

4-Day Fall Colors Cruise

$728

$692

$933

$897

Oct. 2

Oct. 6

4-Day Fall Colors Cruise

$708

$673

$913

$878

Oct. 8

Oct. 12

4-Day Columbus Day Weekend Fall Colors Cruise

$688

$654

$893

$859

*Includes expert-led wine tastings each evening, focusing on a different country (8 wines per night).
**Includes 4 daily wine selections, local handmade chocolates and a gift
certificate toward dinner in town on boarding night.

All prices listed are per person.

Call 1-800-999-7352 for Reservations

Special events are listed on the schedules. They take up one day of the week
and usually involve sailing with the entire fleet in company for that day.

If you're looking for more information on the inn for our inn packages, click here.


Stephen Taber Specialty Weeks Cruises

French Wine TastingWine Tasting Windjammer Cruises —
3-Day Sail June 20–23; 4-Day Sails July 24–28 and August 25–29; and a 6-Day Sail September 20–26, 2015

Led by the charming and talented Jane Barrett Barnes, each evening aboard the Taber we will visit a different country, tasting and discussing that country's varietals and viticultural history. Meals will include paired wines, with Jane and our Chef working together to craft a menu to show off the wines perfectly.


Since 1992, Jane Barrett Barnes has been sniffing, sipping and enjoying wines with top industry leaders. She has worked with the Four Seasons, Champagne Veuve Clicquot, the International Wine Center, restaurateur Joseph Bastianich, the American Institute of Wine and Food and most recently Paterno Wines International. No armchair connoisseur, Jane has visited the vineyards of Tuscany, Piedmont, Campania, Chile, Burgundy, the Rhone, Greece and the Napa Valley. She is passionate about the history, culture and enjoyment of wine and loves to share her knowledge and experience with others in a relaxed, fun setting. [back to top]


Guest comments: Wine Week

"This is our third trip on the Stephen Taber and each one has been terrific and different from the last. The wine tasting this year was fantastic. Jane's enthusiasm for her subject is infectious. May you always have as much fun as we did this year. By the way, this is the "perfect" vacation- rain, cold, sun, heat, whatever — it's still perfect." —Sue & Dave from Owings, MD

"This has been a great week! The wine tastings have been great! Jane arranged themes that covered a lot of ground with many, very high quality wines. The stories, the friendships and the ever perfect wit of Captain Noah made the days even more delightful." —Mark & Katherine from Seattle, WA

"Thank you so much for all you do to make it fun to be on the wonderful Stephen Taber — she's the best. The wine tasting week was soooo much fun. Jane's expertise was great....and the meals and good humor; just everything is so 'Taber'." —Bonnie & Bob from Fairview Park, OH

 

Wine, Dine & Chocolate

Wine, Dine & Chocolate Cruise —
4-Day Sail May 21–25, 2015

Our wine trips are filling up fast, so to keep everyone happy, we're offering a Wine, Dine & Chocolate cruise!

Included in the regularly posted price:

  • $40.00 per couple Mid-Coast Money for dinner on the night we board
  • A box of local handmade chocolates from Black Dinah Chocolates
  • A selection of wonderful wines hand picked by Jane to enjoy each night of the cruise. It's like a mini-wine trip!

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Black Dinah Chocolates

Music and Schooner Gam — 4-Day Sail June 6–10, 2015
Once a year, the entire fleet — the largest fleet of Tall Ships in the Americas — raft up together for a celebration of our national nautical heritage. And in true Taber style, we will be bringing the party! Back for their SEVENTH appearance, Taber house band The Noble Charlies (Tom Whitehead, Chicky Stoltz and Jed Kreigle) keep us snapping and tapping with American roots-inspired acoustic music. This trip always attracts a few straggling pros and talented amateurs; if you want to sit in, feel free to bring your ax.

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Camden Windjammer Weekend

bulliabaise


Gourmet Cruise with Guest Chef James Tranchemontagne — 3-Day Sail June 11–14, 2015
This trip is always such a blast that we've invited Chef James back to do it again! Previously of Portland's Café Uffa and now chef/owner of the highly regarded Westbrook gastro pub Frog and Turtle, Chef James brings his flair for delicious bistro fare and high-quality comfort food to the Taber. Chef James will be on hand to discuss techniques, inspirations, wood-stove cookery and his passion for house-made charcutarie. A previous year's highlight, watching him build a bouillabaisse: cooking show and history lesson, outstanding meal!

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Summer Solstice Music Cruise —
4-Day Sail June 15–19, 2015

Enjoy the start of summer and the longest days of the year with Captain Noah and special musical guests, singer-songwriters Jenn Schott and Melissa Peirce. We're very lucky to have such tremendous talents back on board; each night will end with an informal concert featuring their chart-topping songs and utterly charming harmonies.

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Jenn Schott and Melissa Peirce

The Great Schooner Race

39th Annual Great Schooner Race —
6-Day Sail June 28–July 4, 2015

Most of this week will be spent just like all of our other trips — sailing and relaxing around Penobscot Bay and a lobster bake on a deserted island. But come Race Day, the gloves come off as the Taber defends her trophy in our most thrilling event of the summer! Come be a part of North America's largest annual gathering of Tall Ships, and help us race for glory as more than two dozen windjammers gather for an exciting all-day race. The race will start in an Islesboro harbor and end in Rockland. Guests may participate in the race (or not). The post-race party will heat up in Rockland with bandstand dancing and an awards ceremony.

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Lighthouses Cruise & Rockland Windjammer Parade —
6-Day Sail July 5–11, 2015

As with Race Week, most of this week will be spent sailing and relaxing around Penobscot Bay, with a lobster bake on a deserted island. We'll be cruising by as many lighthouses as we can manage, too. On the last full day of the week, the entire windjammer fleet participates in an afternoon Parade of Sail past the mile-long Rockland Breakwater, providing spectators with stunning, close-up views of Maine's fleet of Tall Ships.

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Penobscot Bay Food Cruise with Down East Magazine — 5-Day Sail July 19–24, 2015
We have teamed up with Down East once again to create a fun, foodie dream cruise with special tastings and excursions to local artisan food providers.

 

Sailing in Stonington, Maine

Captain's Choice — 6-Day Sail August 2–8, 2015
This one's easy. Captain Noah's birthday is August 8th, so this week, you guessed it, we eat all his favorite things and sail to all his favorite places. And then we get to throw him in the harbor. A tradition as old as the sea, and not even the captain can avoid it.

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Camden Schooner Celebration — 4-Day Sail September 1–5, 2015
The fleet gathers in picturesque Camden Harbor for festivities reminiscent of the days when hundreds of coastal schooners lined the waterfront. Festivities include a parade of sail, flag-raising ceremonies, live music, dancing and fireworks. This weekend trip will feature the Schooner Crew Talent Show — not to be missed — and a relaxing morning spent in beautiful Camden Harbor.

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Fort Point Lighthouse

Photo and Lighthouse Cruise —
6-Day Sail September 6–12, 2015

We are proud to have as our special guest, award winning photographer John L. Shipman. John will be teaching informal classes on digital photography. We will also make a special effort to visit as many of Maine's beautiful lighthouses as possible.

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WoodenBoat Sail-In —
6-Day Sail September 13–19, 2015

Our last and usually most spectacular gathering of the fleet (the wind generally makes for an exciting parade), the fleet gathers at the headquarters of WoodenBoat Magazine and Boatbuilding School. The event is a great celebration of America's schooners and includes an afternoon of refreshments, live music, facility tours and a world-class sunset at the far end of Eggamoggin Reach.

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WoodenBoat Sail-In

Fall Foliage Cruises — 4-Day Sails September 27–October 1,
October 2–6 and October 8–12, 2015

For those of you who have never seen the fiery hills and islands of Maine from the water, you are in for a treat. The typical weather is crisp and cool, the breeze is strong and steady, and we have the whole bay to ourselves. Coastal hardwoods begin to show in late September, and by our last cruise, the hillsides are crimson, yellow, and orange — truly a sight to behold.

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Maine Island Flora



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