Questions and Answers: Important Sailing Information

Q: HOW DO I GET TO CAMDEN?

A: If you drive, take I-95 north from the Boston area to Exit 44-I-295. Take I-295 to Exit 28– Bath Brunswick, Rte. 1. This coastal route will take you to Camden. Drive time is about 3.5 hours. We provide free parking. An alternate inland route avoids heavy seasonal Rte. 1 traffic: I-295 north to exit 49–Gardiner/Randolph. Take Rte. 201 to Gardiner; cross Kennebec River bridge to Randolph; take Rte. 226 to Rte. 17 east to Rte. 90, West Rockport. Go east on 90 to US Rte. 1, Rockport, and take US Rte. 1 north to Camden. (map of harbor below) Bus service to Camden is provided by Concord Coach Lines, 1-800-639-3317. There are commuter airline flights from Boston to Knox County Airport, Rockland, a town 8 miles south of Camden via Cape Air. Cab service is available from the airport. Major airlines provide service to Portland, 85 miles south of Camden, and Bangor, 75 miles northwest of Camden. Sterling Elite, (207) 785-3100, can take you to Camden from Portland. Dick’s Taxi, (207) 942-6403, can take you to Camden from Bangor, or there are car rental companies at both airports.

Q: WHEN DO I PAY THE BALANCE OF THE FARE?

A: We collect the balance of the fare at 6 weeks prior to sailing. You can mail us a personal check, let your card be charged automatically at 6 weeks out, or call us to put the balance on a different card.

Q: WHAT SHOULD I BRING FOR SEASICKNESS?

A: Don’t worry about it. The even-keeled steadiness of the Angelique, combined with the protected waters we cruise, make the possibility of experiencing any discomfort from seasickness remote. Still not convinced? Bring along some Dramamine.

Q: DO WE DRESS FOR DINNER?  WHAT SHOULD I PACK?

A: Absolutely not. Life aboard the Angelique is relaxed, informal, and casual. You’ll he spending most of your time in jeans, shorts, or a bathing suit. When you’re packing remember to bring comfortable clothing (blankets, linens, and bath towels are supplied). You’ll find fashion unimportant on a windjammer. Here’s a list of clothes and gear you may want to bring: sneakers, pants, shorts, t-shirts, heavy coat, warm hat and gloves (June and October), sweater or sweatshirt, windbreaker, flip flops for the shower, soap and shampoo, refillable water bottle (yes, the water on the boat is potable!), hat for the sun, sun block, rain gear, bathing suit, swim towel, binoculars, fishing pole, camera, sunglasses, book, sketch pad, – and be sure to bring any medications you may need.

Q: WHEN DO I BOARD THE VESSEL?

A: You’re welcome anytime after 5:00 pm on first date of the cruise.  This night is spent dockside in Camden for an opportunity to explore the beautiful coastal village and enjoy one of the many restaurants in Camden for dinner. Breakfast will be served on board the following morning.

Q: ARE THERE SHOWERS?

A: YES. Four showers with hot and cold fresh water: three are located below deck and one on deck (for rinsing off after a swim). Not as roomy as the one at home, but you get just as clean.

Q: ARE THERE ELECTRICAL OUTLETS?

A: No, but each cabin has a USB port to charge cell phones and other electrical devices. No hairdryers or personal fans please.

Q: I USE A CPAP MACHINE AT NIGHT.  IS THAT A PROBLEM?

A: This is not a problem. We can accommodate most CPAP machines.  A cigarette-lighter type plug-in works best, but a regular household style plug-in will also work fine.

Q: ARE THERE PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS TO ENJOY THIS VACATION?

A: Yes, but minimal.  For your safety and comfort while aboard, you must be able to climb ladders and step up and down an 11″ rise.  Angelique has ladders, not stairs, to get from above decks to below decks, from the big boat to the small boats to go ashore, and to get into the top bunk.  All ladders have wide treads and hand holds.

Q: CAN I BRING MY CELL PHONE, CAMERA, IPAD, ETC?

A: Yes. Every cabin has a USB charger to charge small electronics. Be sure to bring your cord with a USB plug for charging. No USB hairdryers or personal fans please. Remember, we ask that cell phone use on the boat be discreet out of respect for your fellow shipmates. Music and video are welcome with headphones only!

Q: WHERE WILL WE BE GOING?

A: Since we are a windjammer, which means we use the wind to move us, our itinerary during the cruise is determined by the wind and tide. We leave the dock in Camden on the morning tide and return at cruise end with the tide. The rest of the cruise is spent where the sailing is best during the day and in a snug harbor at night.

Q: CAN WE GET OFF THE BOAT TO GO FOR A WALK AND ENJOY THE SIGHTS?

A: Yes. We make every effort to sail to spots where you can go for a hike or stroll. Some evenings are spent at secluded anchorages where getting ashore can be difficult, but provide a good opportunity to explore from one of our rowboats or stand-up paddleboards.

Q: CAN I GET A MAP THAT WILL SHOW THE AREA WE WILL SAIL IN?

A: Yes.  Hamilton Marine in Rockland carries charts (only a landlubber calls it a map) of this area. For a lower tech option, we have free paper illustrations of our sailing area on which you may chart your cruise course.

Q: WHERE CAN I PARK MY CAR WHILE I’M SAILING?

A: Free parking is provided a short distance from the boat. Come directly to the boat for boarding and park anywhere on Atlantic Ave. Upon check-in, a crew member will let you know when we will do a “parking run” where we show everyone at once where to park.

Q: I REALLY WANT TO LEARN TO SAIL. WILL I BE ABLE TO LEND A HAND?

A: You can do as much or as little as you like. Whether you want to help hoist the sails, take the helm, scrub the decks or just sit in the sun and relax, you’ll find Angelique is just what you’re looking for.

Q: AM I ALLOWED TO BRING BOOZE?

A: Of course. However, excessive drinking is strictly forbidden. We do not serve liquor, so you’ll have to bring your own beer, wine, and spirits. We have water, coffee, tea, juice, milk, lemonade, and iced tea on board. Additional beverages you’d like such as soft drinks can be purchased in Camden and stowed in your cabin and in our ice box on deck.

Q: IS SMOKING PERMITTED ABOARD ANGELIQUE?

A: Smoking is permitted (if you must) with consideration of others. ON DECK AND ON DECK ONLY! The crew will be happy to help you find a spot that will not be intrusive to others.

Q: AM I EXPECTED TO TIP THE CREW?

A: Gratuity for the crew is completely optional. Many guests choose to leave a tip for the crew to share. A suggested amount is 10% of the fare, but the crew is greatly appreciative of any amount.

Q: I’M GOING TO SPEND A FEW DAYS IN CAMDEN BEFORE/AFTER THE CRUISE. CAN YOU SUGGEST A PLACE TO STAY?

A: Please see our recommendations on the Planning Your Vacation page of this website.

Q: ONCE I GET TO CAMDEN, HOW DO I FIND ANGELIQUE?

A: Stay on Route 1 through downtown Camden. Take a right onto Atlantic Avenue. You’ll see us tied to Library Park at the head of the harbor on your right. Though the dock does not have a physical address, you can put 12 Atlantic Avenue into your GPS to get you very close. Park on the street until you get checked in aboard.
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