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Portland Mail Boat?

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Portland Mail Boat?

I have looked at the Casco Bay Ferry website but am a little confused. Is this a continous loop ferry, stopping at all the islands? Can we get on/off the ferry for one price if we want to spend some time on a particular island? Can we bring our bikes? If so, which island(s) do you recommend spending an hour or two in? Thanks in advance.

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1. Re: Portland Mail Boat?

I haven't done this yet but did find this on the website. Maybe it will help.

cascobaylines.com/portland-ferry-rates/…

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The mailboat run is a loop trip that starts in Portland (Old Port) and ends back in the Port. You basically ride the ferry as it takes mail and passengers to some of the different islands in Casco Bay. It's a fun trip and gives you a chance to see some of the different islands up close.

If you want to visit one of the islands and bring your bike, to stay for a little while and ride around, it would probably be best to go to Peaks Island or Long Island. In this case you would pay for a passenger ticket and a bike ticket (if you bring your own bike). On Peaks Island, you could rent a bike at the nice bike shop if you didn't want to bring your bike.

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Thank you. Very helpful :)

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If you make the loop and do not get off the ferry on the any of the stops, how long is the trip?

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The mailboat run takes about 3 hours. The islands that are visited include Little Diamond, Great Diamond, Long, Cliff, and Chebeague. The Casco ferry line also offers another scenic trip called the "Diamond Pass Run" which makes four different stops and gives you the chance to see the islands Little and Great Diamond as well as Long Island. This is a shorter trip and takes about 2 hours.

cascobaylines.com/maine-boat-tours/…

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Thank you. So it looks like there is no hop on/off option. The sunset cruise looks good....maybe we can do that and a seperate trip to Peak's to ride our bikes around.

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If you want to take a nice sunset boat trip, another option is to go out on a sailboat. Portland Schooner Company offers two beautiful boats that sail at sunset from the Maine State Pier. Cost is very affordable and you can bring your own picnic food and wine. Often the boats aren't too crowded and the sailing is really nice. They also offer daytime sailing trips. This is a great way to see Casco Bay and the Portland shoreline:

www.portlandschooner.com

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