Cruise into Casco Bay on a lobster boat to see how Maine's tastiest crustaceans make their way from the sea to your plate. Then, enjoy a walking tour of the Old Port.
Take a short walk along the pier and board a nearby lobster boat that will transport you into the protected waters of surrounding Casco Bay. During the cruise, you'll learn about the life of the locals who work long hours pulling lobsters from the bottom of the sea. You'll also discover plenty of interesting and sometimes unusual facts about the habits of lobsters. For instance, just as humans are right-handed or left-handed, lobsters have a dominant claw that they favor.
Once the boat reaches the lobster traps, you can help pull them from the sea and empty their contents or if you prefer, just sit back and watch. You never know what will be inside as rock crabs; snails and starfish are as likely to be captured as Maine lobsters. It's also fascinating to discover how the lobsters are sorted into categories that include hardshells, shedders, shorts and culls.
After returning to the pier, you'll embark on a walking tour of the Old Port, a more than 100-year-old warehouse district that has been revitalized with dozens of quaint restaurants, unique stores and art galleries. It's quite the experience to stroll along the waterfront, the chatter of seagulls carrying through the cobbled streets on the fresh sea air. After the tour, you may choose to walk back to the ship with your guide or stay in the Old Port and do some further exploring on your own, returning to the ship at your leisure.
Please note: This tour includes approximately 90-minutes of moderate walking. There will be cobblestone surfaces and a few steps to negotiate. The tour may not be suitable for those who suffer from motion sickness and is not available to wheelchair guests or those with mobility concerns. Weather appropriate clothing; sun cap; sunglasses; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended.