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“What A Surprise!”
Review of Schooner Surprise

Schooner Surprise
Ranked #1 of 18 Tours in Camden
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: A two hour sail and private charters out of Camden Harbor on the elegant Surprise, lets you experience both Camden and Penobscot Bay in a truly special and memorable way.
Reviewed 20 October 2017

This was a wonderful sunset sail. The captain and his mate were very interesting as they told us about the area as we sailed. The surprise was when my wife volunteered to raise/lower a sail and also steered the ship. This made her very happy. Affordable and worth it.

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"beautiful boat"
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"sunset cruise"
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"interesting history"
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Reviewed 20 October 2017

Surprise is 100 years old in 2018. The ship is in great shape and the owners are well-aware of the difficulty of keeping this ship in top condition. The trip was only two hours with little wind - that was the only day we could go. I was not overjoyed with the trip, although it was the first time my wife and I had boarded a schooner of this type. Suggest that travelers catch a day with winds of 15 mph or greater for a better experience.

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Thank Gene38930
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Reviewed 20 October 2017 via mobile

Thanks for staying open an extra week. We fell into good weather which made the trip that much more enjoyable. Loved the husband/wife team. Thank you for making our honeymoon trip extra special.

Thank sallylcrowley
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Reviewed 19 October 2017

My husband and I were excited to book the Surprise for a 2-hour day sail. The boat was beautiful, clean, and well cared for. The captain, Will, and first mate, Laird, were fantastic and full of information about the schooner, Camden's history, boating, lobstering, etc. We enjoyed the sail out of the harbor and around the area, and saw guillemots, eider ducks, an eagle's nest, and a loon. We also passed the Camden Light/Curtis Island Light, which was cool. But then,...that was it. After about an hour and a half, we just sat there hearing stories about more rich people who owned homes in the area and sometimes with no commentary at all, as I think everything had been said. As much as I hate to say this, if guests cannot be taken to other areas around the shore or further out, etc., the Surprise should offer a 1.5 hour sail and charge less.

Thank anthro92
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Reviewed 19 October 2017

Schooner Surprise is a beautiful, historic and well cared for vessel. We had a fine 2 hour sail on Penobscot Bay with good wind and some aggressive sailing. The crew was extremely competent, friendly and knowledgeable about the vessel, the bay and the history of the area so the trip was filled with interesting commentary. Blankets and extra jackets available for cool weather. Beautiful to see the fall colors from the water too.

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Thank Bill R
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