Bar Harbor cruises

There’s a sense of natural paradise around Bar Harbor. Funny coincidence then, that it was once named Eden – in honour of an early settler – Sir Richard Eden. From a secluded haven for artists, to elitist holiday retreat, Maine’s oldest summer resort also enchants visitors with its immense natural beauty in the fall. In Acadia National Park, take to Cadillac Mountain – the East Coast’s highest with outstanding views of the Porcupine Islands and Frenchman Bay.

Excursions

Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

  • Acadia National Park - Small Group Option

    Discover the Acadia National Park and its surrounding beauty in a smaller group.

    Acadia National Park - Small Group Option

    Setting off from Bar Harbor, sit back and enjoy the surrounding scenery as you drive to the Acadia National Park. An area of outstanding natural beauty, the park offers a spectrum of contrasting scenery.

    Upon arrival, you'll head along the majestic Ocean Drive section of Acadia's Park Loop Road and onto Thunder Hole. Under the right tidal conditions, ocean swells converge and produce a thunderous sound against the granite rock.

    Afterwards, you’ll continue high above the 107 foot Otter Cliffs, before wending your way past the lush pine and deciduous forest. Your drive will take you up the summit road of Cadillac Mountain, the Atlantic coast’s highest peak.

    Enjoy more of the lovely scenery, as you take the return drive to Bar Harbor.

    This excursion will operate by minivan. Places are limited so early booking is advised. The minivan accommodates 12 guests. This tour is not suitable for children. To derive full enjoyment of this tour some walking is required. Due to park conservation and visitor number restrictions a stop at the top of Cadillac Mountain will be made if possible, but cannot be guaranteed. Weather conditions on the day may affect the views and the route taken. Guests are advised to take a jacket or jumper as it can feel cooler in the higher ground areas of the park.

    Tour code

    BHB_015

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    Duration

    2½ hours

  • Hidden Bar Harbor - Small Group Option

    A delightful small group tour that takes in the splendour of the Acadia National Park and the beautiful area of Mount Desert Island.

    Hidden Bar Harbor - Small Group Option

    Sit back and relax as you are taken on a scenic drive to the Acadia National Park. The park is no doubt the most popular attraction in the region, with visitors from all over the world enjoying its sheer beauty and spectacular scenery.

    During your drive a photo stop will be made at Thunder Hole, where under the right tidal conditions a thunderous sound is produced as waves break against the granite rock. You’ll wend your way along the park’s loop road and into the area of Mount Desert Island, which offers a contrast of beautiful scenery. A short stop will be made at North East Harbor before continuing to the Seawall, a naturally formed breakwater which comprises of millions of loose granite boulders and rocks.

    Your drive will then take you to enjoy an exterior view of the Bass Harbor Headlight, one of the most recognisable and photographed lighthouses in North America. To round off your tour, you’ll drive to Southwest Harbor which is often referred to as the jewel of Mount Desert Island. This coastal gem boasts tree-lined streets, a bay filled with lobster boats and yachts and a quaint downtown area brimming with shops, cafés and galleries. Here, some free time will be given for you to enjoy a short stroll, before the return drive to the pier.

    This excursion will operate by minivan and on foot. Places are limited and early booking is advised. The minivan can generally accommodate 10-12 guests. This tour option is not suitable for children. There is a total of around two hours of walking over varying terrain which includes uneven and rough ground. To reach the Bass Harbor Headlight, there are around 20 wooden steps and some uneven boulder rock steps to negotiate. Flat, non-slip walking shoes are essential. Refreshments are not included, however there will be an opportunity to purchase a drink or snack during the free time at North East Harbor and Southwest Harbor. US Dollars are accepted for purchases.

    Tour code

    BHB_016

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    Duration

    5 hours

  • Acadia National Park & Lobster Bake

    Combine a visit to Acadia National Park with a true ‘downeast’ Maine lobster bake.

    Acadia National Park & Lobster Bake

    The Acadia National Park offers spectacular coastal, mountain and forest scenery as you head along the 27 mile Loop Road. During your drive you’ll pass by sights such as Jordon Pond House, Otter Cliffs and Thunder Hole. You can also admire the impressive views of Acadia’s rugged coastline as you head along the park loop road.

    Afterwards, you’ll head to a beautiful setting in Bar Harbor where a traditional Maine Lobster Bake awaits you. Fresh steamed Maine mussels, followed by a 1¼ pound Maine lobster drizzled with butter will be served along with potatoes and corn on the cob. For afters, enjoy a tasty Maine blueberry desert along with tea or coffee. Bon appetite!

    This excursion will operate by coach. A short photograph stop within the national park may be made en route if parking permits. Additional drinks may be purchased during luncheon if required, therefore please remember to bring local currency. Views are subject to weather conditions.

    Tour code

    BHB_004

    Features

    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    • Meal included

      Meal Included

    Duration

    4 hours

  • Discover Acadia National Park

    Take in the highlights of the Acadia National Park and admire the stunning scenery along the way.

    Discover Acadia National Park

    Acadia National Park has a 27 mile loop road which is one of the most scenic drives along the east coast of the United States. Marvel at the impressive views of Acadia’s rugged coastline and enjoy the natural beauty the park has to offer. You’ll pass sights such as Jordan Pond House, Thunder Hole and Otter Cliffs before reaching Cadillac Mountain, the highest point on North America’s eastern seaboard.

    Your tour will also take you through the quaint town of Bar Harbor to view some of the charming Victorian mansions built by some of the country’s most prominent citizens, many of which have now been converted into quaint bed and breakfast inns.

    This excursion will operate by coach. This tour involves limited walking; however guests must be able to negotiate steps on to and off the coach. Due to park conservation and visitor number restrictions a stop at the top of Cadillac Mountain will be made if possible, but cannot be guaranteed. Weather conditions on the day may affect the views and the route taken. Guests are advised to take a jacket or jumper as it can feel cooler in the higher ground areas of the park.

    Tour code

    BHB_001

    Features

    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    2½ hours

  • Acadia National Park & The Looking Glass

    Take in the beauty of Acadia National Park and enjoy a visit to 'The Looking Glass for tea', treats and impressive panoramas.

    Acadia National Park & The Looking Glass

    The 27 mile long Loop Road within the Acadia National Park will take you past sights such as Jordan Pond House, Otter Cliffs and Thunder Hole. Sit back, relax and take in the surrounding beauty of this splendid National Park. You’ll also enjoy the impressive views of Acadia’s rugged coastline as you head along the park loop road.

    ‘The Looking Glass’ in Bar Harbor is renowned for its wonderfully commanding view of Frenchman Bay. This delightful restaurant is located on the sight of Fairview, the stately manor home of Mary Roberts Rinehart, a famous mystery writer of the late 19th and early 20th century. A stop will be made here for you to enjoy a slice of Maine’s traditional blueberry pie with either tea or coffee.

    This excursion will operate by coach. A short photograph stop within the National Park may be made en route where if parking permits. Views are subject to weather conditions. Highlights of this tour may operate in reverse order.

    Tour code

    BHB_002

    Features

    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    Duration

    3 hours

  • Gilded Age Walking Tour

    Step back in time to the turn of the century when Bar Harbor was one of the most exclusive resorts in the world.

    Gilded Age Walking Tour

    From the heart of the town, your guide will host you on a walk, allowing you to soak up the atmosphere of a bygone era. As painters, poets and authors began to tell their tales of the island’s natural beauty, America’s elite including the Astor’s, Ford’s and Vanderbilt’s transformed the island with elegant estates often referred to as ‘cottages’.

    You’ll stroll along the beautiful shore path with breathtaking vistas of Frenchmen Bay on one side and elegant summer ‘cottages’ on the other. As you pass the Village Green, admire the town clock and bandstand, where many townspeople often gather on a summers evening to listen to music often ending with a rousing rendition of ‘Good Night, Ladies’.

    As you stroll through the leafy downtown area you’ll pass a number of Victorian mansions that survived the Great Fire of 1947. Enjoy hearing all the intimate secrets and tales of a magnificent age when fabulously wealthy residents tried to outdo each other with their lavish parties and opulent lifestyles.

    This excursion will operate on foot. This tour is conducted solely on foot. The terrain is generally flat and paved. Flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended.

    Tour code

    BHB_011

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    Duration

    1½ hours

  • Acadia National Park Carriage Ride

    Travel back in time to the turn of the last century, as you explore Acadia National Park by horse and carriage.

    Acadia National Park Carriage Ride

    Enjoy a scenic coach drive along the 27 mile Acadia Park loop road, before arriving at the Wildwood Stables where your horse-drawn carriage awaits.

    Relive the turn of the last century with this wonderful island tradition, as you step aboard and take a ride over carriage roads constructed by the Rockefeller family. To this day, motorised vehicles are still not permitted on these pathways. Sit back and relax as you admire the stunning natural beauty that surrounds you. You’ll pass by impressive Victorian mansions owned by some of the country’s most prominent citizens, many of which have now been converted into quaint bed and breakfast inns.

    As your carriage ride draws to an end, you’ll re-board your coach for the drive back to the pier.

    This excursion will operate by coach, carriage and on foot. The carriage ride is around one hour. This tour may be cancelled in the event of inclement weather. Carriages hold 15 people. Guests are advised to dress warmly and take a sweater or jacket as the carriages are uncovered and it may feel chilly. Views may be affected by the weather conditions on the day. Highlights of the tour may operate in reverse order.

    Tour code

    BHB_009

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    Duration

    3½ hours

  • Stunning Scenes & Schooner Sail

    Enjoy Acadia National Park and Cadillac Mountain by land and then board your schooner for a relaxing trip around Frenchman Bay.

    Stunning Scenes & Schooner Sail

    Enjoy a scenic drive through the Acadia National Park and capture the lovely surrounding views. The park is an area of outstanding natural beauty and offers an array of coastal and colourful forest views from every angle.

    Afterwards, you’ll head back into Bar Harbor town to embark the ‘Margaret Todd’, a 151 foot schooner, for a relaxing sail around Frenchman Bay. Your captain will navigate this magnificent vessel around the Porcupine Islands, offering panoramic views of the seaside village of Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park, with the imposing Cadillac Mountain as a backdrop. Your captain will provide commentary on the geological points of interest as well as wildlife such as porpoise, seal, osprey and the Bald Eagle that are often sighted in the area.

    This excursion will operate by coach and schooner. A short photograph stop within the national park may be made en route if parking permits. The sailing portion of the tour will be approximately 1½ hours depending on wind and weather. The Captain’s narration may be omitted in adverse weather or replaced by a park ranger's narration. The schooner may be under both sail and motor power depending on wind conditions. A degree of agility is required when boarding the schooner. The itinerary may operate in reverse order and will operate rain or shine, so dress in layers and bring along a rain jacket.

    Tour code

    BHB_008

    Features

    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    Duration

    3½ hours

  • Sea Kayaking in Frenchman Bay

    Kayaking offers a unique perspective of Acadia's natural beauty, and is the perfect way to explore the Bay and Porcupine Islands.

    Sea Kayaking in Frenchman Bay

    All aboard your double kayak for a 1¾ hour journey around the rugged and majestic Porcupine Islands and Frenchman Bay. As you paddle out of the harbour, you’ll leave the hustle and bustle of Bar Harbor to explore the beautiful shorelines and open stretches of water.

    With your guide, enjoy stunning scenery and spectacular views of Mount Desert Island and look out for the Harbour Seals; porpoises; birdlife of all kinds, including Bald Eagles, osprey and Black Guillemots. A dry bag is provided, so bring along your camera to record your experience of them from the water.

    ACTIVITY EXCURSIONS
    You and all those in your party should be aware that, in undertaking activity excursions, you will be involved in a degree of physical exertion and/or activity such as hiking, biking, snorkelling, kayaking, diving etc. By booking the excursion you confirm that you and all those in your party are in good physical and mental condition, with no history of conditions such as seizures, dizziness, fainting, heart condition, respiratory problems or back/neck problems (by way of example only). You should also ensure that no one in your party is taking medicine that carries a warning about impairment of physical or mental abilities. If you are pregnant this type of excursion may not be appropriate for you. It is your responsibility to ensure that you are fit and well enough to take part in the activities booked and you are reminded to take care for your own safety. Because of the risks associated with activity excursions, you may be asked by the excursion provider to sign a document which may affect or limit the excursion provider’s liability. Comfortable flat walking shoes are recommended.

    BEACH/WATER RELATED EXCURSIONS
    For any excursion involving water, guests are reminded to exercise particular care. Alcohol and eating a full meal should be avoided before swimming. If buoyancy aids are provided for an activity they must be worn at all times. You should bear in mind that the sea is unpredictable. Lifeguards are unlikely to be present and there may not be a flag system to indicate whether or not it is safe to go in the water. In addition, beach activities may not be supervised or accompanied and so you should take care to satisfy yourself as to the safety of the beach and/or the sea at the time of your excursion. Please exercise caution when entering the sea as the seabed and aquatic environment is capable of springing surprises and we have not inspected the beach or seabed for its safety. Children must be supervised by you at all times near water. All activities on the beach, water and in the sea are undertaken at your own risk. You’ll need to take swimwear, a towel, sunscreen and flat shoes that can be worn in the water.

    LIABILITY
    Cunard will arrange for the excursions to be performed by the relevant excursion provider. Cunard does not provide or supply the excursion services. Cunard will exercise reasonable care and skill in the selection of the excursion provider, but will not in any circumstances have a greater liability than the excursion supplier and Cunard shall not be responsible for the negligent acts/omissions of the excursion supplier. Please note that in relation to all excursions Cunard is not responsible or liable for any loss, damage, or injury sustained by you unless such loss, damage or injury arises out of a breach of legal duty of Cunard.

    TRAVEL INSURANCE
    Before booking any activity excursions it is essential that you ensure your travel insurance extends to cover the specified activity. It is your responsibility to obtain adequate insurance.

    This excursion will operate by kayak. Children may not participate. Wildlife sightings cannot be guaranteed.

    Tour code

    BHB_012

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    Duration

    2½ hours

  • Cycling Tour of Acadia National Park

    Cycle the famous carriage roads of Acadia National Park and pass by some of the most famous landmarks.

    Cycling Tour of Acadia National Park

    Acadia National Park boasts glacier-carved mountains, cobblestone beaches, and verdant valleys. Awed by its beauty, wealthy families such as the Rockefellers, Vanderbilts, and Astors built extravagant summer homes here in the late 1880s. The 45 miles of carriage roads that weave through the heart of the park and its 17 unique granite bridges were built by John D. Rockefeller, Jr. between 1913 and 1940. Rockefeller prohibited cars on the roads back then and to this day, motorised vehicles are not allowed, which makes it a perfect opportunity to cruise the carriage trails and see the park on a bike.

    Your professional guide will provide you with a 24-speed mountain bike and a safety helmet. Enjoy the stories of Mount Desert's colourful history, lore and legends. As you pedal through the park, your guide will maintain a comfortable pace so everyone can experience an enjoyable ride along the trail's gently rolling terrain. During your 2½ hour tour several stops will be made along the way to take in the spectacular scenery and to take photographs. Be on the lookout for Acadia's wildlife such as deer, squirrels, foxes, porcupines, and rabbits. Bald Eagles and Peregrine Falcons may soar overhead or a flock of chickadees, Maine's state bird, may surprise you by quickly darting out of a pine tree. As you loop around the breathtaking scenery, you'll cycle past crystal clear lakes and evergreen forests thick enough to shield you from the sun.

    ACTIVITY EXCURSIONS
    You and all those in your party should be aware that, in undertaking activity excursions, you will be involved in a degree of physical exertion and/or activity such as hiking, biking, snorkelling, kayaking, diving etc. By booking the excursion you confirm that you and all those in your party are in good physical and mental condition, with no history of conditions such as seizures, dizziness, fainting, heart condition, respiratory problems or back/neck problems (by way of example only). You should also ensure that no one in your party is taking medicine that carries a warning about impairment of physical or mental abilities. If you are pregnant this type of excursion may not be appropriate for you. It is your responsibility to ensure that you are fit and well enough to take part in the activities booked and you are reminded to take care for your own safety. Because of the risks associated with activity excursions, you may be asked by the excursion provider to sign a document which may affect or limit the excursion provider’s liability. Comfortable flat walking shoes are recommended.

    LIABILITY
    Cunard will arrange for the excursions to be performed by the relevant excursion provider. Cunard does not provide or supply the excursion services. Cunard will exercise reasonable care and skill in the selection of the excursion provider, but will not in any circumstances have a greater liability than the excursion supplier and Cunard shall not be responsible for the negligent acts/omissions of the excursion supplier. Please note that in relation to all excursions Cunard is not responsible or liable for any loss, damage, or injury sustained by you unless such loss, damage or injury arises out of a breach of legal duty of Cunard.

    TRAVEL INSURANCE
    Before booking any activity excursions it is essential that you ensure your travel insurance extends to cover the specified activity. It is your responsibility to obtain adequate insurance.

    This excursion will operate by coach and bike. Guests are advised to bring a bottle of water. Children may not participate. The trails are hard-packed gravel and easy to ride on.

    Tour code

    BHB_013

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    Duration

    2½ hours

  • National Park Trail

    Experience some of Acadia National Park’s most scenic spots on a guided walk that explores the Park’s eco-system and natural history.

    National Park Trail

    Acadia National Park is an enchanting place of mountains, islands and ocean with some stunning natural scenery. Exploring the trail by foot allows you to enjoy an outdoor close up experience.

    Your naturalist guide will lead you on a walk through two miles of the park’s trail, explaining its eco-system, its geology, natural history, local legends and lore. Take time to admire the plant life and flora and have your camera handy to capture the stunning surrounding scenery.

    After your walk, you’ll rejoin the coach for the scenic drive back to the pier.

    This excursion will operate by coach or minibus and on foot.Depending on weather conditions, the walk covers 1½ to 2 miles, travelling at a moderate pace over relatively level, maintained trails, however there maybe some uneven areas in parts. This tour will operate come rain or shine. Please wear comfortable walking shoes, dress in layers and bring a water/wind proof jacket.

    Tour code

    BHB_006

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    Duration

    3 hours

  • Grand Tour of Bar Harbor

    Discover Acadia National Park and the surrounding beauty of Bar Harbor on this grand tour.

    Grand Tour of Bar Harbor

    Enjoy a scenic drive through picturesque Bar Harbor, before heading out along the 27 mile Park Loop Road from Hull's Cove to Cadillac Mountain. En route you will pass Jordan Pond House, Otter Cliffs and Thunder Hole. Most of Acadia National Park was donated by the Rockefeller family, and travelling through the park, you will see hand cut stone bridges and other evidence of the family's elaborate carriage trails. A brief stop will be made at Jordon Pond House to enjoy views of the Penobscot Mountains and Bubble Mountain from the observation deck, before continuing to the summit of the 1,530 foot high Cadillac Mountain.

    After all that fresh mountain air, enjoy a traditional luncheon of a Maine lobster bake overlooking the waters of Frenchmen’s Bay. Your lobster feast begins with a 1¼ pound lobster drizzled with butter and accompanied by fresh bread, coleslaw, potatoes and corn on the cob. For after’s, you’ll enjoy a homemade blueberry desert.

    The stop at Cadillac Mountain will not be made in foggy or adverse weather conditions. In the event of this, a stop will be made at the Visitors Centre or an extended visit to Jordan Pond House will be made. Guests are advised to dress warmly as it can be windy on Cadillac Mountain. The terrain is uneven in places, however guests may remain on board the coach, if they wish. Views are subject to weather conditions. Highlights of the tour may operate in reverse order. Flat sensible walking shoes are recommended. Luncheon at the restaurant will be self service. Steak can be requested as an alternative to the lobster bake.

    Tour code

    BHB_010

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Meal included

      Meal Included

    Duration

    5½ hours