Quietside Cruises

Our wooden lobster boat, the Elizabeth T. was built right here on Mount Desert Island out of local cedar and oak. She carries up to 21 passengers, making a perfect size boat for sightseeing, island picnics, and lobster fishing demonstrations. Join us on one of our cruises or book your own private charter.

Cruise into Somes Sound Fjord and haul a lobster trap! Learn all about lobsters and how fishermen bait and trap them. We'll visit a seal colony on East Bunker Ledge and see the 100 year old Osprey nest on Sutton Island. We'll also cruise by Bear Island Lighthouse and Cranberry Island where a fishing community is anchored after 200 years! This excursion is a real hands-on experience great for the whole family and full of wildlife and local knowledge.


CRANBERRY ISLAND LUNCH CRUISE
10:00am - 1:00pm (3 hrs.)

Depart our pier in Southwest Harbor and cruise past Beal's Lobster Pound and the U.S. Coast Guard station on your way up into Somes Sound; the only natural Fjord in North America. Continue past Greening Island and past the lighthouse on Bear Island. Visit a huge Osprey nest on Sutton Island and continue on to East Bunker Ledge to see seals sunning themselves on the rocks. Watch the captain and crew haul several lobster traps and explain the process of lobster fishing. We'll stop at one of the two Cranberry Islands where you'll spend about 45 minutes to an hour ashore. Bring a lunch, get a sandwich at the General Store next to the pier or enjoy lunch at the Islesford Restaurant (when available). After everyone is back aboard we'll make our way back to Southwest Harbor, enjoying views of Cadillac Mountain and Acadia National Park along our way.


LOBSTER FISHING AND NATURE CRUISE
2:00 - 4:30pm (2½ hrs)

This cruise is similar to the lunch cruise except it stays only 15 minutes on Cranberry Island


CRANBERRY ISLAND DINNER CRUISE
5:00 - 8:00pm (3 hrs.)

Depart our pier in Southwest Harbor and cruise past Beal's Lobster Pound and the U.S. Coast Guard station on your way directly to Little Cranberry Island. Passengers with reservations for dinner (we make these arrangements for you based on a 5:30 arrival) will depart the boat and enter the restaurant located right on the pier. There, diners will have two hours to enjoy the fresh bounty of seafood and locally grown produce at the Islesford Dock Restaurant (select this link for their menu).

Passengers who remain on board will be given a two hour Lobster Fishing and Nature Cruise. At the end of two hours, the boat will return to Little Cranberry Island (Islesford) to pick up the diners and all will make their way back to Southwest Harbor, enjoying views of Cadillac Mountain and Acadia National Park along the way.


PRICES AND FINE PRINT
ALL CRUISES

ADULTS - $30
CHILD UNDER 12 - $20

This price is for transportation only and does NOT include the cost of your meal.

ELIZABETH T. can carry 21 passengers and is also available for private charter

207-460-5200