With breathtaking views of the magnificent coastline, we will have the opportunity to discover Maine’s maritime heritage aboard the Independence. Designed specifically to navigate inland waterways and bays, our exclusively chartered vessel easily navigates these calm waters, providing an otherwise unattainable perspective.
Throughout the cruise local historians and naturalists will join us, allowing travelers to gain a new perspective on all Maine has to offer. Highlights of the included shore excursions are the natural wonders of Acadia National Park, Cadillac Mountain, Rockland’s Farnsworth Art Museum, Owls Head Transportation Museum, Penobscot Marine Museum, and the beautiful towns of Portland, Castine and Belfast.
Janice Simon is an Associate Professor of Art History at the University of Georgia, Lamar School of Art, where her teaching focus is on the art of the United States from colonial times through World War II. She received her M.A and Ph.D. in Art History from the University of Michigan. Professor Simon has taught a wide variety of subjects related to American art on both the undergraduate and graduate levels including American landscape painting. She has been honored with numerous teaching awards including the University of Georgias most prestigious distinction, the Josiah Meigs Distinguished Teaching Professorship. She has contributed to many art publications and periodicals including, Crossroads in American Impressionism at the Turn of the Century, and Classical Ground: Mid-Nineteenth Century American Painters and the Italian Encounter. She is currently working on a book on the image of the forest interior in American art. She looks forward to delving in to the rich history and dramatic works of some of Maines most famous artists, including three generations of the Wyeth family, Winslow Homer, Frederic Church and Thomas Cole.
Day 1 — Portland, Maine
Day 2 — Portland and Penobscot Bay
Visit the Portland Museum of Art for a guided tour of its superb collection. Travel to nearby Prout’s Neck and enjoy lunch at the Black Point Inn; See the Portland Head Light before returning to Portland to embark the Independence
Day 3 — Bar Harbor
Enjoy a walking tour of Bar Harbor followed by a bus tour of Acadia National Park, including spectacular Cadillac Mountain
Day 4 — Castine
Sail past Eggemoggin Reach and Deer Isle Thoroughfare en route to Castine. Walking tours through Castine’s historic district will highlight the town’s architectural beauty. Visit the Castine Historical Society
Day 5 — Belfast & Camden
Travel to nearby Searsport to visit the Penobscot Marine Museum. Tour a 19th-century sea captain’s home, furnished with treasure brought back from the Orient. Cruise to Camden, considered the “tall ship capital of Maine,” Enjoy a scenic tour to Camden Hills State Park. High atop Mount Battie, experience sweeping ocean vistas, rugged coastlines and panoramic views of Camden, Penobscot Bay and surrounding islands
Day 6 — Rockland
Tour the Farnsworth Art Museum and the renown Wyeth Center dedicated to works by Andrew, N.C., and James Wyeth—America’s first family of art. Visit the Olson House, where Andrew Wyeth painted many works, including the well-known Christina’s World.
Day 7 — Boothbay Harbor
Walking tour of Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, Maine’s first and only botanical garden! The tour includes the Lerner Garden of the Five Senses, a garden created specifically to appeal to each of our senses. An alternative tour will be available to the Boothbay Historical Society, featuring artifacts that reflect the region’s colonial and coastal origins
Day 8 — Bath
Bath is home to the Maine Maritime Museum, where your vessel will dock. The museum is located on the site of a 19th-century working shipyard, and features paintings, models, artifacts, and interpretive exhibits of life at sea and maritime technology. Alternatively, you may take the trolley ride that includes historic narration of the town
Day 9 — Portland
Disembark the Independence, and transfer to the Portland Airport or Bangor Airport for individual flights home