On a recent trip to Camden Maine, we made the mistake of choosing a 2 hour windjammer cruise on Schooner Olad. There are at least 4 different trips (same appx price) for a 2 hour outing in Camden.. Others include Schooner Surprise (heard positive things about them), Appledore, Lazy Jack II.
Our 2 hour trip was terrible. If you visit their website
[--] they make a lot of unfulfilled promises.
1) Captain and crew love to answer questions?
Not true. We asked about what wildlife would be seen and after about 5 seconds, the captain went right back to talking with a small select group about other things.
2) Soda and water are available onboard.?
Would never have known this, until after the trip and looking in detail at the website. We were never offered any.
3) Intimate sail. Passengers are given a turn behind wheel.
No one was offered to steer.
4) What you will see?
Lighthouses (saw one), other vessels, visiting yachts, maine rockey coastline, mansions, marine wildlife, seagulls, bald eagles, occsaional wale, lobsterman, guilemots --> saw none of these.
When we asked other crew members about this, we were also ignored.
5) Where will we go?
Where the wind is best... The captain pretty much stayed in the same exact location for the entire trip. We never went to Lincolnville Beach, Island Lighthouses, thousand islands, mansions and the other places that the website had promised.
We told our bed&breakfast where we stayed about this, and they met with the captain on two subsequent occasions. We were told that he would be contacting us to apologize, and talk to us. That was over a month ago, and Captain Lincoln made no attempt to contact us.
What this whole experience shows... he has no customer service skills, is not a people person, and their website is totally misrepresentative of the cruise you will receive.
I strongly suggest you choose one of the alteratives like Schooner Surprise. We almost chose them, and really wish we did.
The funniest thing on the website is "You are here to have fun."
Don't worry.. you won't!
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