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Island Cruises

12 Little Island Way, Bass Harbor, Tremont, Mount Desert Island, ME 04653
+1 207-244-5785
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Fabulous Cruise

My husband and I have been on many similar type nature cruises in various locations (Florida, New... read more

Reviewed yesterday
ask if Captain Eli is narrating -- grab that spot, if so (probably great no matter who's narrating)

I've done many, many similar nature cruises/experiences. This was the best. Captain Eli, a... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Bangor, Maine
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Awarded Yankee Magazine's "Best Island Tour," we are the Bar Harbor area's favorite boat cruise and a family owned business now in our 22nd year. Operating out of Bass Harbor to the islands of Blue Hill Bay, we offer exclusive access to what many consider one of the most beautiful parts of the Maine coast, as well as its prettiest harbor. Being off the beaten path, our formula for success is offering the highest quality experience at some of the lowest rates on Mount Desert Island. Try out our 11:00-2:30 Lunch Cruise to Frenchboro; established in 1820 and one of the last year round island fishing communities in Maine, Frenchboro is a place that many people find hard to believe still exists in our busy, high-tech world. Or, join us for the 3:00-5:00 Nature Cruise, where you'll see seals, bald eagles, and even haul a lobster trap or two. We cherish your business and our many return customers, and you'll find that it shows from start to finish.
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12 Little Island Way, Bass Harbor, Tremont, Mount Desert Island, ME 04653
+1 207-244-5785
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Reviewed yesterday

My husband and I have been on many similar type nature cruises in various locations (Florida, New Hampshire, etc) and we agree this was the best. You get to see many islands and get a real flavor for the area. We saw multiple bald eagles,...More

Thank WanderingWarbler
Reviewed 2 days ago

I've done many, many similar nature cruises/experiences. This was the best. Captain Eli, a native, was all things good -- humorous, smart, filled with information but not boring/overwhelming. If you're seated at the outside edges of the boat, you may get slightly wet, which is...More

Thank billwoodmd
captaineli, Owner at Island Cruises, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Thanks so much for your kind review. Believe it or not, I build boats in the winter, and have an elaborate plan to improve the RL Gott with highly effective spray rails, which the previous owner built her without. But have you ever seen the...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

We had a very enjoyable tour on June 13. I would recommend arriving early for the most seating options- larger groups that arrived close to the departure time were disappointed to find they couldn't sit together, but that could be avoided by arriving early. The...More

Thank Chanda73
captaineli, Owner at Island Cruises, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Great advice on the arrival timing, especially if you have a large group who want to sit together. We're so happy you made it out with us and had a great time, and thanks very much for passing it along.

Reviewed 27 October 2016 via mobile

My family and I did the afternoon nature cruise and absolutely loved it. Captain Eli is very knowledgeable and taught us a lot about Maine's lobster fisheries and hauled a lobster trap in front of us. We saw bald eagles, seals, a blue heron, and...More

1  Thank Stephanie S
Reviewed 16 October 2016

We have been enjoying the morning cruise for the last several years. We have learned so much from Captain Eli about Maine and the lobster fishing industry. This was the first year we did the afternoon cruise. We thoroughly enjoyed the cruise and learned so...More

Thank strump92
Reviewed 14 October 2016

This was our 2nd time we have gone on this cruise. It was just as nice and slightly different than the 1st time. Capt Eli is awesome. He knows so much and is entertaining as well. We have gotten beautiful photos seals, eagles, lobsters, etc....More

Thank Marie G
Reviewed 12 October 2016 via mobile

We had a lovely tour with the most beautiful weather. We learned a lot about the islands and about lobsters thanks to captain Eli!

Thank Camilla C
Reviewed 27 September 2016

My wife and I took an afternoon cruise on the RL Gott and enjoyed every second. Capt. Eli and his first mate were the consummate professionals and he was an absolute fount of knowledge about the history of the area, fishing and lobstering, and the...More

Thank robertkcj
Reviewed 23 September 2016

We loved this tour! Captain Eli was such a wealth of info and he is a native of the area and we learned so much about the islands and lobster fishing!! Fun trip.. Would highly recommend..

Thank Les M
Reviewed 17 September 2016

Enjoyed this small operation harbor cruise with an informative captain/owner. Captain Eli did a great job of providing history of the area, made for a very enjoyable trip. We saw several seals, Eli did a great job of making sure everyone on the boat got...More

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Questions & AnswersAsk a question
Eric L
How many people go on a tour?
1 June 2017|
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Response from captaineli | Property representative |
Our boat is certified for 49, and is designed to still be comfortable for everyone at capacity, with great views wherever you sit!
Stephanie F
Are pets allowed on this boat? Specifically, a 45-pound dog?
8 June 2015|
Response from captaineli | Property representative |
I'm sorry, we only allow service animals on the boat during tours.