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“Stephen Taber Foodie Cruise” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Schooner Stephen Taber Day Cruises

Schooner Stephen Taber Day Cruises
Ranked #1 of 14 Tours in Rockland
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Owner description: Driven only by Atlantic Ocean breezes, the Stephen Taber sets sail from Rockland Harbor, taking guests on four and six day windjammer sailing adventures on the legendary Maine coast. The Schooner Stephen Taber is the oldest sailing vessel in continuous service in the United States, and a National Historic Landmark.
Bar Harbor, Maine
2 reviews
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“Stephen Taber Foodie Cruise”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2014

Incredible, enjoyable and unforgettable. Went on the inaugural foodie cruise on the schooner Stepen Taber, co-sponsored by Downeast Magazine. First night was an olive oil and balsamic tasting at Fiore in Rockland and dinner at Rockland's "In Good Company." Then five days sailing to islands in Penobscot Bay, chocolate class with Black Dinah Chocolates, luncheon with food historian Sandy Oliver, visit to Wooden Boat School, Lobster Bake on island in Brooklin, and a visit from the founder of North Haven Oysters, along with an endless supply of oysters for our consumption. The food was 5 star, thanks to chef Anna, the wine selection was excellent. There were 18 passengers and the camaraderie was exceptional. I will be making this an annual event.

Visited July 2014
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Tacoma, Washington
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8 reviews
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“A sailing dream!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 July 2014

We went on a 4-day schooner trip and loved every moment of it: the great crew and captain, the evening apps and wine-pairings, the delicious and gourmet meals cooked in a wood-burning oven...and the rest of the guests were delightful. It was an amazing adventure that we have already planned to book again.

Visited July 2014
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Boston, Massachusetts
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9 reviews
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“Trust me one of the best schooners and captain and staff in maine !!!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 July 2014

Let me tell you I have had 3 different occasions with my boys over a 3 year time . The last one was on the Stephen Tabor. If your looking for a 5 star hotel room, you will not find it on any schooner. To see the last review in a injustice to say the least. The sleeping quarters are tight on all the schooners in Maine. But on every schooner trip I went on the rooms where fresh and clean and the sheets and blankets aswell as the pillows where awesome. The food on all the schooners where great but on the Tabor there was something about it that stood out for me. The captain and his wife who are the hosts take great pride from the beginning to the end. The Cheeses and the meats and pates and the dips warm/cold are unbelievably superb ! The wine which is carefully picked and plentiful throughout the trip if well selected by the captain's wife. The Crew that has been hand picked by the Captain are wonderful and courteous from the minute you step on the ship. The captain on this vessel is serious but fun. When it comes to the weather and the ocean he pay's close attention to details and where he will stare course to stay out of harms way in any bad weather. He entertains at night with his sharing of his small sail boat "babe" while the Stephen tabor is moored at a undisclosed beautiful cove, harbor or wherever he picks. he makes sure all details are covered for a fantastic time. I have 3 older boy's and they loved the trip from start to finish. They could not stop talking about it for months to friends and family. My 12 year old boy requested a bigger lobster for the lobster bake and Captain NOAH surprised him with a 3 pounder. (I had to eat most of it) Big eyes small stomach but the captain made it fun for him. The captain even broke out a couple fishing rods and we caught mackerel and the captain fileted it and had the chefs cook it right up for appetizers during a wonderful "wine" cocktail hour. Once again the wine was perfectly picked out by the captains wife Jane. So my advice to the fella who complained about being hot and bothered. Go to a 5 star all inclusive hotel with 24 hour maid and butler service. A schooner trip is a awesome way to interact and get involved with the daily going on of a working schooner !!!! Everybody I talked to on the schooner did not have one complaint and believe it or not we had some kind of rain-fog-gale winds-ocean swells etc.... It was fun and From Captain Noah Barnes, his wife and the wonderful staff could not have made it more enjoyable. BRAVO !!!!!! Ill be back with my wife next time for the WINE and chocolate cruise !

Visited August 2013
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San Diego, California
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6 reviews
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“Best Vacation Ever”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 July 2014

I've been on the Stephen Taber 3 times now, and the experience never fails to disappoint, I now dream all year about my upcoming summer vacation on the schooner. I go by myself, but no matter, because everyone is my friend in a short time. I'm a big foodie, and the food is impressive, its expertly prepared and best of all... gourmet cheeses every day with wine. I love that the accommodations are of a camping-like style, they are quite rustic, but a fun experience in itself. The ship is clearly very loved by her captain and crew; its beautifully maintained, and sailed with passion. Activities are classic old-school: row or sail the tender, climb the rigging, help work the ship, sit in the galley and chat up the chef, or just relax. A trip on this ship is nothing like one of those impersonal cruises, its like being an invited guest aboard a private yacht.

Visited July 2014
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Fort Wayne, Indiana
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56 reviews
18 attraction reviews
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“Good food and new friends on a great boat”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 July 2014

We went sailing on the Stephen Taber for the third time this past June. It has gotten better each time. Keep in mind that this is not a luxury cruise. The cabins are small and there are two "heads" (bathrooms) for about 25 people. That being said, I don't think there is a better way to spend four days than to be on deck sailing against a strong Maine wind. Captain Noah and crew are a fun bunch with a huge knowledge base regarding ships and the sea. Chef Anna creates three wonderful meals a day. Wine is served with dinner each night. Our lobster dinner on Calderwood Island was decadent - that's the only word for it!

Visited June 2014
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