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 Route 226 to Route 17 east to Route 90, West Rockport. Go east on 90 to US Route 1, Rockport, and take US Route 1 north to Camden. (Map of Harbor)

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. Mid-Coast Limo, 1-800-937-2424, 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.

For travel arrangements, we recommend AAA Travel.

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

A: We collect the balance of the fare at 6 weeks prior to sailing. Mail us your personal check, call us toll free, or use the online reservation form to charge the balance on your credit 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?

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, linen, and 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, slacks, shorts, t-shirts, parka or heavy coat, sweater or sweatshirt, hat for the sun, sun block, rain gear, bathing suit, binoculars, fishing pole, camera, film, sunglasses, sketch pad, – and be sure to bring any medications you may need.

Q: CAN I STAY ABOARD THE NIGHT BEFORE WE SAIL?

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.

Q: ARE THERE SHOWERS?

A: YES! Three showers with hot and cold fresh water: two 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. Angelique’s electrical system is 12 volt. Household current is 110.

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: 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.  There is also limited charging available for non-USB chargeable devices such as laptop computers, cameras, etc. Remember, we ask that cell phone use on the boat be discreet out of respect for your fellow shipmates.

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 on 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 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: NOW THAT I HAVE A CHART WILL SOMEONE SHOW ME HOW TO NAVIGATE?

A: Yes.  The captain will be happy to show you how to plot a course and locate Angelique’s position. Don’t be afraid to ask questions of the crew. They are all anxious to make your trip an enjoyable one.

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, crank up the anchor, scrub the decks or just sit in the sun and relax, you’ll find Angelique 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. The same is true of beer, wine, and soft drinks. All this can be purchased in Camden and stowed in your cabin and in our ice box.

Q: IS SMOKING PERMITTED ABOARD ANGELIQUE?

A: You can smoke only on the lee side (the side sheltered from the wind) of the main deck. No smoking is allowed in the deckhouse or below deck.

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. Park on the street until you get checked in aboard.

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