DEAL! Spend the day on Maine’s Penobscot Bay, Sat. June 2: Cruise from Camden, Rockport, Rockland, Thomaston, Port Clyde

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Power and sail boats will be offering discounts for cruises in Penobscot Bay on Saturday, June. 2. Hilary Nangle photo. There’s no better way to explore and understand coastal Maine than aboard a boat, and Spend the Day on Penobscot Bay provides a rare opportunity to do so at a discount. On Sat. June 2, local power and sail boat captains are inviting visitors to cruise the waters of Penobscot Bay at 20 to 50 percent off regular rates.

Penobscot, the second largest bay on the East Coast, is considered one of the world’s premier cruising waters. Expect to see seals and seabirds, lobstermen hauling traps, and windjammers under sail as you cruise by islands and coastal villages. You can book in advance or chance your luck at the dock. Participating boats include:

Harvest Moon Island Trips, Rockport (power), 20% off

Lazy Jack II, Camden (sail), 20% off

Maine Outdoors, Thomaston (power), 50% off an eagle watching trip up the Saint George River from Thomaston. 2 trips offered for up to 4 people per trip.

Monhegan Boat Line, Port Clyde (power), 25% off (Read about Monhegan Island here).

Morning In Maine, Rockland (sail), 25% off and a donation in your name to the Maine Lighthouse Museum (Read about my sail on Morning in Maine here).

Olad, Camden (sail), 25% off: cruises will feature a naturalist from the Friends of Maine Seabird Islands to narrate and answer wildlife questions.

Surprise, Camden (sail), a complimentary 16″ x 20″ print of the Surprise suitable for framing: retail value, $30