White Bass Harbor lighthouse sits atop jagged rock beside evergreen forest on the Wild Maine Escape Acadia National Park cruise.
Wooden bucket half full of lobster sits on a beach of dark, smooth rocks during a cruise from Boston to Maine.
Traditional Maine lobster shack with lobster cage buoys adorning its exterior, in Bar Harbor, Maine.
Golden yellow trees line a shoreline as travelers riding in a black skiff navigate down river while exploring coastal Maine.
Atlantic puffin bird with orange beak & black & white feathers stands in the grass, seen on cruises from Portland, Maine.
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North America East Coast Cruise

Wild Maine Escape: Exploring Coastal Maine

Escape to timeless fishing villages and rugged Acadia National Park on these 6-day Maine overnight cruises aboard 62-guest Nat Geo Sea Lion. Time stands still in tiny fishing villages on remote islands, in the quiet coves of rocky islets, and in the ancient tall stands of pine and spruce forests. On a rejuvenating expedition along Maine’s wild and rugged coast, discover the world’s first restored Atlantic puffin colony, windswept places that inspired writers and artists, and remote communities with no paved roads. Breathe fresh spruce-scented air on a forest hike, see lonely lighthouses atop granite cliffs, and meet friendly locals like the farmers whose vegetables, meats and cheeses have been celebrated by national publications.

Every day offers new opportunities for learning and adventure on these cruises from Portland, Maine. Visit artists in their galleries on Monhegan Island. Photograph the lighthouses and picturesque harbors of Penobscot Bay. Look for Atlantic puffins in the restored seabird colony of Eastern Egg Rock. Search for whales feeding along the coast. Savor a farm-to-table dinner at an organic farm on North Haven Island. And enjoy a full day of discovering Acadia National Park’s secluded Schoodic Peninsula by kayak and on hikes.

An alternative 8-day itinerary routes between Boston, Massachusetts and Portland, Maine. Enjoy many of the same site visits, with unique visits to Cape Cod’s Provincetown and the offshore Isles of Shoals along the Maine and New Hampshire border. Plus, enjoy a traditional lobster boil on the beach after meeting a local lobsterman.

Board the small and nimble 62-guest National Geographic Sea Lion to discover Maine’s picturesque coast from Portland to Penobscot Bay. Explore under the sure guidance of an expedition leader and five veteran naturalists, including a National Geographic certified photo instructor, plus a wellness specialist. The expedition staff’s insights into Maine’s jagged coastline is the key to this exploratory and active cruise experience.

Read on for details about these cruises from Portland, Maine, or learn more about AdventureSmith’s East Coast cruises.



Itinerary

Wild Maine Escape: Exploring Downeast & Acadia National Park Itinerary

These 6-day cruises from Portland, Maine operate round-trip, sailing as far north as Acadia National Park and Bar Harbor before cruising all the way back to Portland. Enjoy a special dinner on an organic farm on this itinerary.

Route map of Wild Maine Escape: Exploring Downeast & Acadia National Park Cruise, operating round-trip from Portland with visits as far north as Bar Harbor.
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Day 1
Embark Portland, Maine

Arrive in Portland, Maine and board the ship.

Accommodations

National Geographic Sea Lion

Meals

n/a

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Day 2
Island Exploration

Spend the morning winding in and out of the many islands along Maine’s southern coast by kayak, paddleboard and Zodiac. With no firm schedule, follow the wildlife and the scenery, making the most of the time in this rugged seascape. Later, possibly visit Hurricane Island Center for Science and Leadership, an innovative, hands-on research and science education program.

Accommodations

National Geographic Sea Lion

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 3
Eastern Egg Rock & Monhegan

Wake up this morning off of Eastern Egg Rock, where an ambitious project to restore seabird colonies begun in the 1970s has led to the return of Atlantic puffins—a true conservation success story. Tour the island in Zodiacs on the lookout for nesting pairs of puffins. Continue to Monhegan, a small island with a rich history. Often disputed by warring European countries, Monhegan spent time as a British fishing camp and a 19th-century artists’ colony. Visit art galleries in its tiny community of about 70 full-time residents, go on a hike and see the Monhegan Lighthouse that looks out over this remote outpost.

Accommodations

National Geographic Sea Lion

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 4
Penobscot Bay & North Haven Island

Scattered with islets, Penobscot Bay is a fantastic place to explore by Zodiac and, conditions permitting, by kayak or paddleboard. Spend the morning discovering its secret coves and stunning scenery, watching for wildlife and photographing vistas of rocky islands, boats moored in village harbors and solitary lighthouses poised on the shore. In the afternoon, anchor off North Haven Island and go kayaking and paddleboarding, or enjoy a hike ashore. Join the staff at Turner Farm for a tour of their organic farm, and then gather at the barn for a farm-to-table dinner as the sun sets.

Accommodations

National Geographic Sea Lion

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 5
Schoodic Peninsula, Acadia National Park

The adventure continues up the coast to the stunning Schoodic Peninsula, a lesser-known part of Acadia National Park located on the mainland. Discover its lush spruce forests and granite shores during a full day of exploration on a guided hike with Schoodic Institute guides.

Accommodations

National Geographic Sea Lion

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 6
Disembark Portland, Maine

This morning, the ship arrives in Portland for disembarkation.

Accommodations

n/a

Meals

breakfast

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Details
Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

All accommodations aboard ship per itinerary; all meals as indicated; excursions; services of expedition leader, naturalist staff and expert guides; use of equipment; expedition fees; all port charges, service taxes and airport transfers to and from ship.

Exclusions

Immigration fees (if applicable); air transportation; extensions; personal items such as emails, laundry, voyage DVD, etc.; and insurance of any kind. Gratuities and alcoholic beverages excluded, except for all departures of National Geographic Explorer, Orion, Endurance, Resolution, Sea Cloud, Jahan and Lord of the Glens.

Payment & Cancellation

In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of $750 is required per person at time of booking. The balance of the trip price is due 90 days before the departure date. Special holiday payment and cancellation terms may apply. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. Standard cancellations are subject to the following per-person penalties, based on number of days prior to departure:
120 or more days – $350 of deposit retained (may be applied to future trip by trip operator)
119 to 90 days – 100% of deposit
89 to 60 days – 25% of total trip cost
59 to 45 days – 50% of total trip cost
44 to 0 days – 100% of total trip cost

Terms & Conditions

This trip is subject to AdventureSmith Explorations Terms and Conditions. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A Traveler Information Form, which includes a release of liability, must be completed and signed by all travelers. Your Adventure Specialist will send you a unique link to complete this form along with a packing list and extensive pre-departure and travel insurance information upon booking confirmation.

Vaccination Requirement
To join this trip, all eligible guests must provide proof of being fully vaccinated (at least 14 days after your final COVID-19 vaccine shot), including a booster shot for those eligible. There may also be COVID-19 testing or other requirements to participate; your Adventure Specialist will provide details of current policies upon booking.

Arrival & Departure

The 6-day Wild Maine Escape cruise begins and ends in Portland, Maine (PWM). We highly recommend arriving one day prior to your trip start date in case of any flight delay, cancellation or lost luggage issues. Consult your Adventure Specialist for arrival and departure flight recommendations.

Activities

Whether you are looking for light activity options or more challenging outdoor pursuits, the ship’s crew can tailor most excursions to suit your skill level. Adventure activities may include dinner on a farm, hiking, stand-up paddleboarding, kayaking, inflatable boat/skiff excursions, photography and wildlife observation.

Room Configuration

In addition to listed Solo cabin rates, select double-occupancy cabins may be available for single occupancy with a single supplement fee. If you would like to share accommodations with another guest of the same gender, we will be happy to try to accommodate you in select cabin categories. This program allows you to pay the per person double-occupancy rate whether or not a roommate is found. Contact AdventureSmith for further details and availability.

Families & Children

Children under the age of 18 at time of travel save $500 off the double occupancy rate. Skilled staff members trained with National Geographic Education organize activities that inspire curiosity in young people of all ages. Programming for kids may include activities like photo workshops, journaling, scavenger hunts, Zodiac-driving lessons, hands-on nature and science programming and kid-friendly menu options.

Travel Insurance

Protect your travel investment with insurance. Our partners at Travelex Insurance offer a variety of plans and policies to fit every trip and budget. Coverage for a pre-existing medical condition is also available if you purchase the Travel Select plan within 15 days of the initial trip payment; refer to plan details. Learn more about travel insurance or get a free quote.

Itinerary Notes

Use the itinerary as a guide only. Itineraries may be altered due to weather, wildlife, national park regulation or at the captain’s discretion. The ability to be flexible makes this type of small ship cruising unique.

Northbound Exploring Coastal Maine: Lobsters, Lighthouses & Hidden Inlets Itinerary

This northbound 8-day cruise from Boston to Maine visits Cape Cod’s colorful Provincetown and New Hampshire’s offshore Isles of Shoals before cruising along coastal Maine to Bar Harbor and then south to disembark in Portland. Enjoy a special lobster boil dinner on the beach on this itinerary.

Route map of Exploring Coastal Maine cruises between Boston, Massachusetts & Portland, Maine with visits to Cape Cod, Isles of Shoals, Acadia National Park, Bar Harbor & more.
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Day 1
Embark Boston, Massachusetts

Arrive into Boston and transfer to the ship.

Accommodations

National Geographic Sea Lion

Meals

n/a

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Day 2
Provincetown & Cape Cod National Seashore

Overnight, the ship has sailed out of Boston Harbor and arrived at the tip of Cape Cod: Provincetown. Choose to tour the many galleries in town, featuring the thriving community of local artists, or opt to explore the Cape Cod National Seashore further south. Learn about the history of the Cape when on a visit to the Wellfleet & Eastham communities, where you’ll tour the Three Sisters Lighthouses and the beautifully restored Atwood-Higgins house. Construction on the house was completed in 1730, making it likely the oldest house on the Cape. George Higgins donated the house and the many out-buildings on the property to the National Park Service in 1961. And of course, while continuing the tour of the National Seashore, be always on the lookout for wildlife. The Cape is home to 450 species of amphibians, reptiles, fish, birds and mammals.

Accommodations

National Geographic Sea Lion

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 3
Stellwagen Bank Natl. Marine Sanctuary & Isles of Shoals, New Hampshire/Maine

As the ship makes her way north towards the New Hampshire/Maine border, sail through some of the world’s richest cetacean waters with the possibility at this time of year of watching finback, minke and pilot whales. With luck, encounter seabirds including Leach’s storm petrels and Manx or great shearwaters. This afternoon, the ship arrives at Isles of Shoals—a photographer’s dream and the place where 19th Century New England poet Celia Thaxter lived and worked. Visit the Isle of Shoals Marine Lab and get a tour around the island from the staff, who will speak to the success of their breeding colonies of common, roseate and arctic terns.

Accommodations

National Geographic Sea Lion

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 4
Monhegan & Eastern Egg Rock, Maine

Meaning “out-to-sea island” in the Algonquian language, Monhegan is a special place, rich with history, as the island often fell in dispute between warring European countries. At times it was completely abandoned, but at other times, the island was utilized as a British fishing camp and later an artist’s colony beginning in the late 19th century. Today, watched over by the Monhegan Island Lighthouse, this remote outpost has a fulltime population of about 70 residents. After the morning at Monhegan, the ship makes her way to Eastern Egg Rock. Setting precedents and establishing protocols for seabird colony restoration, Eastern Egg Rock was the first project of its kind, begun in 1973. The seven-acre treeless island saw the last nesting of Atlantic puffins in 1885, and after an extensive restoration project there are now 172 nesting pairs on the island. It is truly an environmental success story.

Accommodations

National Geographic Sea Lion

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 5
Penobscot Bay

Labyrinthine Penobscot Bay beckons adventurers, and today you heed the call, exploring the many coves and islets by Zodiac and, conditions permitting, by paddleboard or kayak. These coves are home to numerous interesting invertebrate species, including mussels, barnacles, sea urchins and sea anemones.

Accommodations

National Geographic Sea Lion

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 6
Island Exploration

Spend the day winding in and out of the many islands that bedeck the Maine coastline. Put kayaks and paddleboards in the water, explore the ins and outs of the shoreline by Zodiac, and enjoy the lure of the rugged island vistas. This afternoon, meet up with a local lobsterman and learn about his way of life. In the evening, enjoy a traditional Maine lobster boil on the beach.

Accommodations

National Geographic Sea Lion

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 7
Schoodic Peninsula, Acadia National Park

A day of exploration awaits as the adventure continues up the coast to the Schoodic Peninsula, located in Acadia National Park. Today, traversing this less-traveled point of land will bring you into beautiful spruce forests and along rocky inlets fed by small creeks. The day is wide open here, and the group will follow its collective whim.

Accommodations

National Geographic Sea Lion

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 8
Disembark Portland, Maine

This morning, the ship arrives in Portland for disembarkation.

Accommodations

n/a

Meals

breakfast

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Details
Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

All accommodations aboard ship per itinerary; all meals as indicated; excursions; services of expedition leader, naturalist staff and expert guides; use of equipment; expedition fees; all port charges, service taxes and airport transfers to and from ship.

Exclusions

Immigration fees (if applicable); air transportation; extensions; personal items such as emails, laundry, voyage DVD, etc.; and insurance of any kind. Gratuities and alcoholic beverages excluded, except for all departures of National Geographic Explorer, Orion, Endurance, Resolution, Sea Cloud, Jahan and Lord of the Glens.

Payment & Cancellation

In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of $750 is required per person at time of booking. The balance of the trip price is due 90 days before the departure date. Special holiday payment and cancellation terms may apply. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. Standard cancellations are subject to the following per-person penalties, based on number of days prior to departure:
120 or more days – $350 of deposit retained (may be applied to future trip by trip operator)
119 to 90 days – 100% of deposit
89 to 60 days – 25% of total trip cost
59 to 45 days – 50% of total trip cost
44 to 0 days – 100% of total trip cost

Terms & Conditions

This trip is subject to AdventureSmith Explorations Terms and Conditions. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A Traveler Information Form, which includes a release of liability, must be completed and signed by all travelers. Your Adventure Specialist will send you a unique link to complete this form along with a packing list and extensive pre-departure and travel insurance information upon booking confirmation.

Vaccination Requirement
To join this trip, all eligible guests must provide proof of being fully vaccinated (at least 14 days after your final COVID-19 vaccine shot), including a booster shot for those eligible. There may also be COVID-19 testing or other requirements to participate; your Adventure Specialist will provide details of current policies upon booking.

Arrival & Departure

The 8-day northbound Exploring Coastal Maine cruise begins in Boston, Massachusetts (BOS) and ends in Portland, Maine (PWM). We highly recommend arriving one day prior to your trip start date in case of any flight delay, cancellation or lost luggage issues. Consult your Adventure Specialist for arrival and departure flight recommendations.

Activities

Whether you are looking for light activity options or more challenging outdoor pursuits, the ship’s crew can tailor most excursions to suit your skill level. Adventure activities may include a lobster boil on the beach, historic site visits, whale watching, hiking, stand-up paddleboarding, kayaking, inflatable boat/skiff excursions, photography and wildlife observation.

Room Configuration

In addition to listed Solo cabin rates, select double-occupancy cabins may be available for single occupancy with a single supplement fee. If you would like to share accommodations with another guest of the same gender, we will be happy to try to accommodate you in select cabin categories. This program allows you to pay the per person double-occupancy rate whether or not a roommate is found. Contact AdventureSmith for further details and availability.

Families & Children

Children under the age of 18 at time of travel save $500 off the double occupancy rate. Skilled staff members trained with National Geographic Education organize activities that inspire curiosity in young people of all ages. Programming for kids may include activities like photo workshops, journaling, scavenger hunts, Zodiac-driving lessons, hands-on nature and science programming and kid-friendly menu options.

Travel Insurance

Protect your travel investment with insurance. Our partners at Travelex Insurance offer a variety of plans and policies to fit every trip and budget. Coverage for a pre-existing medical condition is also available if you purchase the Travel Select plan within 15 days of the initial trip payment; refer to plan details. Learn more about travel insurance or get a free quote.

Itinerary Notes

Use the itinerary as a guide only. Itineraries may be altered due to weather, wildlife, national park regulation or at the captain’s discretion. The ability to be flexible makes this type of small ship cruising unique.

Southbound Exploring Coastal Maine: Lobsters, Lighthouses & Hidden Inlets Itinerary

These southbound 8-day Maine coastal cruises embark in Portland, Maine and cruise north to Acadia National Park before sailing south to Maine and New Hampshire’s offshore Isles of Shoals and Cape Cod’s colorful Provincetown, disembarking in Boston, Massachusetts. Enjoy a special lobster boil dinner on the beach on this itinerary.

Route map of Exploring Coastal Maine cruises between Boston, Massachusetts & Portland, Maine with visits to Cape Cod, Isles of Shoals, Acadia National Park, Bar Harbor & more.
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Day 1
Embark Portland, Maine

Arrive in Portland, Maine and board the ship.

Accommodations

National Geographic Sea Lion

Meals

n/a

Read More
Day 2
Schoodic Peninsula, Acadia National Park

A day of exploration awaits along the Schoodic Peninsula, located in Acadia National Park. Today, traversing this less-traveled point of land will bring you into beautiful spruce forests and along rocky inlets fed by small creeks. The day is wide open here, and the group will follow its collective whim.

Accommodations

National Geographic Sea Lion

Meals

n/a

Read More
Day 3
Island Exploration

Spend the day winding in and out of the many islands that bedeck the Maine coastline. Put kayaks and paddleboards in the water, explore the ins and outs of the shoreline by Zodiac, and enjoy the lure of the rugged island vistas. This afternoon, meet up with a local lobsterman and learn about his way of life. In the evening, enjoy a traditional Maine lobster boil on the beach.

Accommodations

National Geographic Sea Lion

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 4
Penobscot Bay

Labyrinthine Penobscot Bay beckons adventurers, and today you heed the call, exploring the many coves and islets by Zodiac and, conditions permitting, by paddleboard or kayak. These coves are home to numerous interesting invertebrate species, including mussels, barnacles, sea urchins and sea anemones.

Accommodations

National Geographic Sea Lion

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 5
Eastern Egg Rock & Monhegan

Setting precedents and establishing protocols for seabird colony restoration, Eastern Egg Rock was the first project of its kind, begun in 1973. The seven-acre treeless island saw the last nesting of Atlantic puffins in 1885, and after an extensive restoration project there are now 172 nesting pairs on the island. It is truly an environmental success story. After the morning at Eastern Egg Rock, the ship makes her way to Monhegan. Meaning “out-to-sea island” in the Algonquian language, Monhegan is a special place, rich with history, as the island often fell in dispute between warring European countries. At times it was completely abandoned, but at other times, the island was utilized as a British fishing camp and later an artist’s colony beginning in the late 19th century. Today, watched over by the Monhegan Island Lighthouse, this remote outpost has a fulltime population of about 70 residents.

Accommodations

National Geographic Sea Lion

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 6
Isles of Shoals, New Hampshire/Maine & Stellwagen Bank Natl. Marine Sanctuary, Massachusetts

This morning, the ship arrives at Isles of Shoals—a photographer’s dream and the place where 19th Century New England poet Celia Thaxter lived and worked. Visit the Isle of Shoals Marine Lab and get a tour around the island from the staff, who will speak to the success of their breeding colonies of common, roseate and arctic terns. As the ship makes her way south towards the Maine/New Hampshire border, sail through some of the world’s richest cetacean waters with the possibility at this time of year of watching finback, minke and pilot whales. With luck, encounter seabirds including Leach’s storm petrels and Manx or great shearwaters.

Accommodations

National Geographic Sea Lion

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 7
Cape Cod National Seashore & Provincetown

Today the ship arrives at the tip of Cape Cod: Provincetown. Choose to tour the many galleries in town, featuring the thriving community of local artists, or opt to explore the Cape Cod National Seashore further south. Learn about the history of the Cape when on a visit to the Wellfleet & Eastham communities, where you’ll tour the Three Sisters Lighthouses and the beautifully restored Atwood-Higgins house. Construction on the house was completed in 1730, making it likely the oldest house on the Cape. George Higgins donated the house and the many out-buildings on the property to the National Park Service in 1961. And of course, while continuing the tour of the National Seashore, be always on the lookout for wildlife. The Cape is home to 450 species of amphibians, reptiles, fish, birds and mammals.

Accommodations

National Geographic Sea Lion

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 8
Disembark Boston, Massachusetts

This morning, the ship arrives in Boston for disembarkation.

Accommodations

n/a

Meals

breakfast

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Details
Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

All accommodations aboard ship per itinerary; all meals as indicated; excursions; services of expedition leader, naturalist staff and expert guides; use of equipment; expedition fees; all port charges, service taxes and airport transfers to and from ship.

Exclusions

Immigration fees (if applicable); air transportation; extensions; personal items such as emails, laundry, voyage DVD, etc.; and insurance of any kind. Gratuities and alcoholic beverages excluded, except for all departures of National Geographic Explorer, Orion, Endurance, Resolution, Sea Cloud, Jahan and Lord of the Glens.

Payment & Cancellation

In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of $750 is required per person at time of booking. The balance of the trip price is due 90 days before the departure date. Special holiday payment and cancellation terms may apply. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. Standard cancellations are subject to the following per-person penalties, based on number of days prior to departure:
120 or more days – $350 of deposit retained (may be applied to future trip by trip operator)
119 to 90 days – 100% of deposit
89 to 60 days – 25% of total trip cost
59 to 45 days – 50% of total trip cost
44 to 0 days – 100% of total trip cost

Terms & Conditions

This trip is subject to AdventureSmith Explorations Terms and Conditions. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A Traveler Information Form, which includes a release of liability, must be completed and signed by all travelers. Your Adventure Specialist will send you a unique link to complete this form along with a packing list and extensive pre-departure and travel insurance information upon booking confirmation.

Vaccination Requirement
To join this trip, all eligible guests must provide proof of being fully vaccinated (at least 14 days after your final COVID-19 vaccine shot), including a booster shot for those eligible. There may also be COVID-19 testing or other requirements to participate; your Adventure Specialist will provide details of current policies upon booking.

Arrival & Departure

The 8-day southbound Exploring Coastal Maine cruise begins in Portland, Maine (PWM), and ends in Boston, Massachusetts (BOS). We highly recommend arriving one day prior to your trip start date in case of any flight delay, cancellation or lost luggage issues. Consult your Adventure Specialist for arrival and departure flight recommendations.

Activities

Whether you are looking for light activity options or more challenging outdoor pursuits, the ship’s crew can tailor most excursions to suit your skill level. Adventure activities may include a lobster boil on the beach, historic site visits, whale watching, hiking, stand-up paddleboarding, kayaking, inflatable boat/skiff excursions, photography and wildlife observation.

Room Configuration

In addition to listed Solo cabin rates, select double-occupancy cabins may be available for single occupancy with a single supplement fee. If you would like to share accommodations with another guest of the same gender, we will be happy to try to accommodate you in select cabin categories. This program allows you to pay the per person double-occupancy rate whether or not a roommate is found. Contact AdventureSmith for further details and availability.

Families & Children

Children under the age of 18 at time of travel save $500 off the double occupancy rate. Skilled staff members trained with National Geographic Education organize activities that inspire curiosity in young people of all ages. Programming for kids may include activities like photo workshops, journaling, scavenger hunts, Zodiac-driving lessons, hands-on nature and science programming and kid-friendly menu options.

Travel Insurance

Protect your travel investment with insurance. Our partners at Travelex Insurance offer a variety of plans and policies to fit every trip and budget. Coverage for a pre-existing medical condition is also available if you purchase the Travel Select plan within 15 days of the initial trip payment; refer to plan details. Learn more about travel insurance or get a free quote.

Itinerary Notes

Use the itinerary as a guide only. Itineraries may be altered due to weather, wildlife, national park regulation or at the captain’s discretion. The ability to be flexible makes this type of small ship cruising unique.

Rates & Dates

Cruise Rates & Dates

Rates are variable per remaining availability and are subject to change. Please contact AdventureSmith for the most up-to-date pricing.

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Sail round-trip from Charleston, South Carolina on a short, enriching getaway to explore windswept islands, wildlife refuges and picturesque neighborhoods aboard 62-guest Nat Geo Sea Lion.

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From $3990USD
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Exploring The Hudson River: Fall Foliage Cruise

Board the 62-guest Nat Geo Sea Lion to explore "America's First River" on a Hudson River fall foliage cruise. Learn about the legendary river, its valley, critical conservation work, the Hudson’s maritime history, and the essential roles music and art have played in the region. 

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Oct Nov
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Exploring The Low Country: Cumberland Island to Charleston Cruise

Board 62-guest Nat Geo Sea Lion to cruise The Low Country between South Carolina and Florida. Along the way, enjoy coastal lagoons, West African-influenced culture, birding opportunities, walking tours and learning about conservation efforts.

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From $5760USD
Apr
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Wild Maine Escape: Exploring Coastal Maine

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