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Casco Bay Ferry - reservations?

Detroit, Michigan
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Casco Bay Ferry - reservations?

I have been following posts about scenic trips and sunrise/sunset trips. I know the mail run is less expensive and some have posted that those can end up being sunrise or sunset ones (informally); however, I have looked at their schedule for the mail run (looks like it leave in mid am and mid pm) as well as sunrise and sunset times, and they don't jive.

If we had to pick one, sunrise or sunset, which would you take and why? Photo ops, possibility of seeing wildlife and true life on the ocean is what we'd like as well of course of the beauty of the surrounding area. It's 2.5 hours.

Can we just show up or do we need to buy tickets ahead of time?

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1. Re: Casco Bay Ferry - reservations?

You don't need a reservation--just show up and buy a tickets. The ferries are good sized and I don't think they ever fill up with people (cars, yes, for the car ferry to Peaks).

I can't really say which ride to pick since I've never done the sunrise/sunset cruise. As long as it is a clear day, I am sure either one will be beautiful.

Keep in mind that you are cruising among the islands of Casco Bay and will not be out on "the ocean" as in the north Atlantic. That's a bit of a journey from Portland. Being in and around the islands is fun though, and pretty. You may see some harbor seals and plenty of seagulls. Probably no other "wildlife" though. Certainly no whales or puffins.


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2. Re: Casco Bay Ferry - reservations?

You can get a good idea by reading through the reviews for the ferry boat


But Leslie N. is correct that it is bay water, not ocean. Really no wildlife to speak of. I think Lucky Catch cruises has a seal boat run.

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