New Englanders live in one of the world’s most attractive cruising grounds, yet many have never seen it from the water. Two American Cruise Lines ships take to coastal Maine. But the state’s wilder islands must be seen with local charters. On the 13 ships of the Maine Windjammer Fleet, adventurous salts can try their hand at sailing while seeing puffins off lonely Matinicus Island.
Pictured: Small charters and big ships explore coastal Maine.