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Rates and Sailing Schedule

STEPHEN TABER 2016 Sailing Schedule

The Taber offers 3-, 4-, 5- and 6-day trips.

Book by March 1, 2016 to get a 5% discount.


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

Sail & Inn
Package

May 26

May 30

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

$688

$828

May 31

June 4

Available for group charter — daysail, overnight or 2 or 3 night cruise — email us for rates

June 4

June 8

4-Day Cruise

$708

$848

June 11

June 15

4-Day The Seventh Annual Music Cruise and Gam
with Tom, Chicky & Jed

$758

$898

June 16

June 20

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

$758

$963

June 21

June 25

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

$758

$963

June 25

June 28

3-Day Wine Cruise*

$808

$1,013

June 28

July 2

4-Day Cruise

$828

$1,033

July 3

July 9

6-Day Great Schooner Race Week

$1,188

$1,393

July 10

July 16

6-Day Lighthouse Cruise & Rockland Windjammer Parade

$1,188

$1,393

July 17

July 22

5-Day 3nd Annual Penobscot Bay Food Cruise with Down East Magazine

Call or email us for rates

July 23

July 27

4-Day Cruise

$908

$1,113

July 27

July 31

4-Day Wine Cruise*

$1,018

$1,223

Aug. 2

Aug. 6

4-Day Cruise

$908

$1,113

Aug. 7

Aug. 13

6-Day Captain's Choice

$1,198

$1,403

Aug. 14

Aug. 18

4-Day Cruise

$908

$1,113

Aug. 18

Aug. 21

3-Day Cruise

$808

$1,013

Aug. 22

Aug. 26

4-Day Cruise

$908

$1,113

Aug. 26

Aug. 30

4-Day Wine Cruise* with Michael Green

$1,018

$1,223

Aug. 30

Sept. 3

4-Day Cruise Camden Schooner Celebration

$898

$1,103

Sept. 4

Sept. 10

6-Day Photo & Lighthouse Cruise
with Photographer John Shipman

$1,058

$1,263

Sept. 11

Sept. 17

6-Day Wooden Boat Sail-In

$1,058

$1,263

Sept. 18

Sept. 24

6-Day Wine Week*

$1,228

$1,433

Sept. 25

Sept. 29

4-Day Fall Colors Cruise

$798

$1,003

Sept. 30

Oct. 4

4-Day Fall Colors Cruise

$758

$963

Oct. 6

Oct. 10

4-Day Columbus Day Weekend Fall Colors Cruise

$738

$943

Oct. 11

Oct. 14

3-Day Fall Colors Cruise

$638

$843

*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 25–28; 4-Day Sails July 27–31 and August 26–30; and a 6-Day Sail September 18–24, 2016

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. The August 26–30 trip stars Michael Green.


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-tasting Anniversary

 

Wine, Dine & Chocolate

Wine, Dine & Chocolate Cruise —
4-Day Sail May 26–30, 2016

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

Charlie Nobles music on the BayThe Seventh Annual Music Cruise and Gam — 4-Day Sail June 11–15, 2016
The Seventh Annual Music Cruise and Gam
This has really become something. Noteworthy. Special. For one special cruise from June 11–15, the Taber becomes the only floating juke joint on the coast.

The cruise features the music of The Charlie Nobles; the official house/boat band of the music cruise. The band includes Tom Whitehead on guitar, Cajun accordion and vocals; Chicky Stoltz on snare and vocals; Jed Kriegel on upright bass; and Capt. Noah Barnes on harmonica and vocals. All are master musicians who play around the Northeast, yet converge annually to serve up some of the greatest Jazz, Blues, and Americana this side of the Merrimac River.

"This floating reunion is always the highlight of our sailing season," says Capt. Noah. "I've known these guys for decades, and have played with them through thick and thin. There is nothing like playing music with old friends."

Guests are treated to not only great music every night, but impromptu sets take place at various times during the day, though never intrusive. Guests can also take advantage of guitar instruction made available by the band.

As if it weren't enough, then comes the gam. An old merchant navy term, a gam is any gathering of ships for what seems like the purpose of good times. A raft-up of typically eight to ten tall ships takes place in some secluded cove for a night of music, food, and camaraderie. The Charlie Nobles lead this gam aboard the Taber, combining a majestic gathering of tall ships with one heck of a floating concert. And if you add great food, incredible views, and service above and beyond; you've got yourself something. Noteworthy. Special.

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bulliabaise
Gourmet Cruise with Guest Chef James Tranchemontagne — 4-Day Sail June 16–20, 2016
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! (Book it now!)


"James is a wonder. Fabulous food as always. The Frog and Turtle is my first choice when I want good food in a comfortable atmosphere." —from a review on OpenTable.com

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Jenn Schott and Melissa Peirce
Summer Solstice Music Cruise with Nashville songwriters Jenn Schott & Melissa Peirce —
4-Day Sail June 21–25, 2016

Enjoy the start of Summer and the longest days of the year, June 21–25, 2016, with Captain Noah and special musical guests Jenn Schott and Melissa Peirce, accomplished performers and songwriters. What a more perfect way to end the longest days of the year than an informal concert? Melissa and Jenn's charming songs and sweet harmonies have been such a hit in the past couple years, we just had to have them back!

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The Great Schooner Race

40th Annual Great Schooner Race —
6-Day Sail July 3–9, 2016

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 10–16, 2016

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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Perks of the DownEast CruiseThe 3nd Annual Penobscot Bay Food Cruise with Down East Magazine — 5-Day Sail July 17–22, 2016
This trip includes unique and priceless Maine experiences while sailing in company with Schooner Ladona:

"Fantastic DownEast cruise that absolutely went above expectations. Love to do this every year..."

"Every day of this cruise was an adventure of culinary, social and sensory delight. Commodore Noah, you have created a spirit of camaraderie and fun... We loved the combination of events and down time. All perfect. Fair sailing to you all until next summer." —Rufus and Jessica from Baltimore MD

 

Sailing in Stonington, Maine

Captain's Choice — 6-Day Sail August 7–13, 2016
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 August 30– September 3, 2016

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 4–10, 2016

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 11–17, 2016

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 Eggemoggin Reach.

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WoodenBoat Sail-In

Fall Foliage Cruises — 4-Day Sails September 25–29, September 30–October 4 and October 6–10 and a 3-Day Sail October 11–14, 2016
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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