Rockland cruises

Rockland sits in Knox County on the Maine coast, almost exactly between Portland to the south and Bar Harbor to the north. The coastline here is typical of this corner of New England, with patchworks of hills and fields inland and a rocky coast that is pounded by the Atlantic waves. Sometimes known as the ‘gateway to Penobscot Bay,’ Rockland features on several of our cruises to the northeastern United States and Canada.

Rockland’s Cultural Heritage

Rockland is a traditional red-brick town whose main street is filled with boutiques and antiques shops, as well as cafés and restaurants. In many of the local eateries, you’ll find the area’s acclaimed lobster on the menu, which is the biggest export in these parts. You’ll understand why as you dine on chilled lobster bisque, a rich and creamy lobster mac and cheese or the absolute classic, the lobster roll. 

Given the picturesque coastline here, it’s no surprise that Rockland has long attracted painters. You’ll find the results of nature’s inspiration at the renowned Farnsworth Art Museum, where 20,000 square feet of gallery space houses a collection of over 10,000 works from highly regarded American artists. It includes a significant collection from three generations of the Wyeth family, known as realist painters and illustrators.

Discover Rockland 

Those who wish to explore the coast itself may take to the waters by kayak or catch the ferry across to the neighbouring islands. Rockland Harbor is not only filled with working lobster boats but it also shelters a large part of Maine’s fleet of Windjammer sailing boats. 

The 800-foot Mount Battie in Camden Hills State Park offers panoramic views over Penobscot Bay, speckled with sails, and inland where dense green forest is pierced by granite boulders.

Lighthouse enthusiasts can admire the whitewashed Owls Head Lighthouse, perched on a 70-foot clifftop at the entrance to Rockland Harbor, or visit the Maine Lighthouse Museum, with a collection of lighthouse artefacts that is unmatched in the US. Then there’s the nineteenth-century Rockland Harbor Breakwater Light, a pleasant mile-long stroll along to the end of the man-made granite outcrop jutting into the sea.

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.

  • Mid Coast Maine Highlights

    Take in the beautiful scenery of mid-coast Maine and enjoy time on your own to explore the picturesque seaside village of Camden.

    Mid Coast Maine Highlights

    Journey through the classic Maine coastal town of Rockland with its bustling main street and the famous Breakwater Lighthouse in the distance. Pass by Rockport, one of Maine’s most beautiful harbours, before visiting Mount Battie in the vast Camden Hills State Park. From here you will have sweeping views of Penobscot Bay, the town of Camden and the islands peppering the bay.

    Returning to sea level it’s time to visit Camden, a quintessential New England harbour town bustling with activity. Here, you’ll have around 2 hours of free time to explore the town at your own leisure. Browse the quaint local shops nestled in the protected harbour between the sea and the rolling hills of coastal Maine. There are plenty of eateries to choose from if you wish to purchase a drink or a snack or simply watch the world go by, before the return drive to Rockland.

    This excursion will operate by coach. Order of highlights may vary. It is advisable to dress in layers as the temperature may be cooler at Mount Battie. To derive full enjoyment of this tour some walking is required. Guests must be able to negotiate steps on to and off the coach. Flat, comfortable shoes are recommended. Please remember local currency for purchases.

    Tour code

    RKD_001

    Features

    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    Duration

    4½ hours

  • Highlights & Schooner Cruise

    Experience the beauty of Mount Battie and Camden, and admire the scenic coastline by Schooner.

    Highlights & Schooner Cruise

    A scenic drive will take you past Rockport, one of Maine’s most beautiful harbours, to the heights of Mount Battie and the sweeping views that it affords over Penobscot Bay and the surrounding area. From your vantage point you’ll be able to see why the region has inspired writers and artists for centuries.

    Returning to sea level you’ll travel to the delightful town of Camden, described as a ‘Jewel of the Coast’ and home to quintessentially New England architecture, quaint shops and eateries. Enjoy around 1½ hours of free time to explore at your leisure.

    Next, it’s time to take to the water aboard the schooner Appledore II tall ship. Your cruise will last around two hours and take you through the waters of Penobscot Bay. Take in the rugged coastline with its lighthouses, summer estates, surrounding islands and abundance of lobster boats.

    This excursion will operate by coach, schooner and on foot. Order of highlights may vary. Free time in Camden may be given after the Schooner cruise. It is advisable to dress in layers as the temperature may be cooler at Mount Battie or out on the water. The level of walking is at the discretion of the guests. A degree of agility is required when boarding the Schooner, and due to tidal restraints the gangway to embark and disembark may be steeply sloped. Flat non-slip shoes are recommended. Please remember local currency for purchases.

    Tour code

    RKD_003

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    Duration

    5¾ hours

  • Owls Head Transport Museum & Lighthouse

    Discover the evolution of all things winged and wheeled, including a ride in a Ford Model T, and admire the Owls Head Lighthouse.

    Owls Head Transport Museum & Lighthouse

    Visit the Owls Head Transportation Museum, home to a landmark collection of antique aircraft, automobiles, motorcycles, carriages, bicycles and engines. The collection features a replica of the Wright Brothers’ Kitty Hawk Flyer as well as many other vintage airplanes and cars. This fine collection is maintained in operating condition and during your visit you’ll have the opportunity to take a short ride in a Ford Model T! Explore the evolution of wing and wheel, from gliders to WW1 fighters, including the Red Baron’s famous Red Fokker Triplane.

    Enjoy a scenic drive to the nearby Owls Head Lighthouse to take in Maine’s beautiful rocky coast. The Lighthouse was first commissioned by President John Quincy Adams in 1825 due to the growing lime trade and subsequent shipping traffic in Rockland Harbour. You’ll have the option to take a short ten minute walk to the base of the lighthouse for a closer look at its exterior, before the return drive back to the pier.

    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. To derive full enjoyment of this tour some walking is required. Guests must be able to negotiate steps on to and off the coach. Flat, comfortable shoes are recommended.

    Tour code

    RKD_005

    Features

    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    Duration

    2¾ hours

  • Transfer to Camden

    A simple transfer that will take you directly to Camden to explore at your leisure.

    Transfer to Camden

    Enjoy an overview of the area as you take a 30 minute drive to Camden, often referred to as the ‘Pearl of the Coast’.

    Nestled between rolling mountains and a sheltered natural harbour, Camden is where many visitors head to experience a typically New England town. The pretty marina offers a rewarding route to stroll along if you wish to venture a little outside the town, or you can stay within the official historic district on the High Street, this area was added to the National Registry of Historic Places in 1989 and offers a delightful slice of Maine life.

    After around 2½ hours at leisure, re-join your guide and coach for the return drive to your ship.

    This excursion will operate by coach. This tour is exclusive of luncheon, refreshments and entrance fees. Coaches cannot be held for latecomers, please take note of the pick-up time and place. Please remember local currency for purchases.

    Tour code

    RKD_004

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    Duration

    3¾ hours

  • Highlights & Lobster Bake

    Encompass all of the highlights of mid coast Maine and enjoy a traditional lobster bake.

    Highlights & Lobster Bake

    Set off through the Maine coastal town of Rockland, passing by the beautiful harbour of Rockport, en route to Mount Battie. Here, a stop will be made for you to enjoy the fabulous panoramic views of Penobscot Bay and town of Camden. The view was an inspiration to the Pulitzer Prize winner and unofficial poet laureate of Camden, Edna St Vincent Millay, who wrote numerous poems about the vista.

    After taking in the views from Mount Battie, return to sea level to visit Camden, a charming New England harbour town. Around 1½ hours of free time will be given for you to enjoy the town and browse the quaint shops.

    Next, you’ll head to a popular local eatery to enjoy a delicious lobster bake, accompanied by fresh bread, coleslaw, potato, and sweetcorn on the cob, followed by a traditional dessert.

    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. Order of highlights may vary. It is advisable to dress in layers as the temperature may be cooler at Mount Battie. To derive full enjoyment of this tour some walking is required. Guests must be able to negotiate steps on to and off the coach. Flat, comfortable shoes are recommended. Please remember local currency for purchases.

    Tour code

    RKD_006

    Features

    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    • Meal included

      Meal Included

    Duration

    5 hours

  • Farnsworth Art Museum, Camden & Mt. Battie

    Experience the lifestyles of New England through its art, take in sweeping views of the area and explore picturesque Camden.

    Farnsworth Art Museum, Camden & Mt. Battie

    A scenic drive from Rockland will take you to the Farnsworth Art Museum, which features works by some of the greatest names in 19th century American art. A self-guided exploration of the museum will show you a collection of over 10,000 paintings, sculptures and watercolours that portray the landscape and lifestyle of New England.

    Make a stop at Mount Battie, rising up through the stunning Camden Hills State Park, for incredible views over Penobscot Bay and surrounding countryside that have inspired writers and artists alike over the years.

    Head to Camden, a picturesque example of a New England harbour town, to enjoy around 1½ hours of free time. Browse the quaint local shops and purchase a refreshment from one of the eateries, before the return drive to Rockland.

    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. Order of highlights may vary. It is advisable to dress in layers as the temperature may be cooler at Mount Battie. This tour involves around 1½ hours of walking. There are 10 steps to negotiate at Farnsworth Museum. Flat, comfortable shoes are recommended. Please remember local currency for purchases.

    Tour code

    RKD_002

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    Duration

    5 hours