Our 30th Year in Camden!

Celebrating Our 98th Anniversary 1918-2016.

On The National Register of Historic Places

Day Sails and Charters on the Schooner Surprise in Camden Maine

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Day trips:

We offer two hour day sailing trips on the historic schooner Surprise out of Camden, Maine. We sail around the magnificent Penobscot Bay. On our day cruises we will see lighthouses, wildlife, private yachts and summer estates. We offer Sunset sails, Friday night Sunset sails with live music, Full moon sails, Fireworks sails, and wine sails. We sail 7 days a week from mid May to mid October. Get involved and help raise sails or steer the boat, we are great with kids! Come and join us for a cruise on board the most famous windjammer in Maine. We are an environmentally friendly tour operator.

Private charters:

Charter the Schooner Surprise for your special event, yacht weddings, birthdays, family reunions, business charters. Two hour, half day and full day cruises on the beautiful coast of Maine. Have us cater your luncheon cruise or serve exquisite appetizers on a sunset sail. Our windjammer cruises will give you an unparalleled view of Camden Hills. We have been highly rated tour operators in Camden Maine for 31 years.


Nicole and Ramiro met 19 years ago while sailing in Key West, Florida. They were married on top of Mt. Battie in Camden, Maine. Then they set sail working on several charter and private sailing yachts in Maine and the Caribbean; dreaming of the day when they would own their own boat.

After 9 more exciting years together, they returned to Camden to start a family. Their daughter, Delfina, was born and four years later, they added their furry friend Lucy to the family.

Their dream of owning a boat and working together as a family has come true. This is their third year owning the Schooner Surprise. Nicole and Ramiro are thrilled to carry on the tradition of sailing the Surprise in Penobscot Bay. They look forward to showing you what they love about Camden, Maine and why they love being out on the water.


Fall Sailing on Surprise

We still have a few of our favorite weeks of the season left before the Surprise comes out of the water for the winter. September and October provide consistent winds and bright sunny days on Penobscot Bay, perfect for sailing. The crowds have gone and many times we have small groups on board that make for a more intimate experience for our guests. We always have plenty of jackets and blankets to keep people warm.  So bring along something hot to drink and join us on one of our three sails any day of the week until October 16th! Departing the dock at 10:30, 1:00 and 3:30.  For reservations call 207.236.4687 or book online at schoonersurprise.com

Contact Us:

Schooner Surprise

Ramiro and Nicole de Acevedo Ramos
1 Bay View street Camden, ME 04843