Photography Sailing Adventure

Join this 4-day schooner cruise photo tour aboard one of the finest schooners sailing Maine’s Penobscot Bay, Mary Day. (Sept. 24-28)

Curtis Island Lighthouse, Camden Maine, shot aboard schooner Mary Day on the Photography Sailing Adventure.
Curtis Island Lighthouse and Schooner Surprise shot from Schooner Mary Day on the first day of the Photography Sailing Adventure while departing Camden harbor.

Come expand your photography skills, while experiencing and enjoying 19th century sailing on a Maine windjammer cruise. The direction of the wind will determine our destination as schooner Mary Day has no engine. This photography sailing adventure will bring plenty of shooting opportunities on and off the boat.

Photo Workshop Info:

You will be met at your skill level with guidance to build on your camera-handling techniques. With constant review of your images, I’ll point out your strengths and offer tips on composition and vision. There will be exercises in seeing and on exposure, and group discussions on camera handling. Discussions will be based on the skill level of the group. There will be something for everyone. A slideshow on our last evening will kick-off our celebration of everyones images.


Sunset on the schooner Mary Day while anchored in the Eggemoggin Reach.

“Dee was quick to praise a good eye, quick to show us how to take the best advantage of a moment or a scene and ready with answers to all our questions.” – Pamela F.

***I’m offering, for a limited time, a 10% discount as part of our 10th anniversary appreciation.
Use code 10OFF when booking. Discount applies to base fee, not lodging, and expires May 31.

July 14-18, 2024 (sold out)
Sept. 24-28, 2024

PHOTO FEE: $650, $585, use code 10OFF, Non-photographing companions are welcome at no fee. Cancellation policy is 7 weeks before the cruise date. See below. Discount expires May 31.

Photo Payment:

  • Pay with credit card with 4.9% fee.
  • Pay with bank transfer for 2% fee.

BOAT FEE: bunks start at $1265, must book with Mary Day, cancellation policy is 8 weeks before the cruise.

Schooner Mary Day has begun accepting reservations for the 2024 season and their bunks are currently half booked. If you are at all interested in this opportunity I suggest that you book your cabin now. Go to the Mary Day website, click Book A Trip, select your date. Definitely check out the video on their home page, too. Then immediately book your Photo Tour. More boat info below.

“Each stop along the coast was beautiful (even with some cloudy weather), and the photos I was able to take during the tour were amazing.” – Eron D.

Schooner Mary Day.
19th century sailing aboard Schooner Mary Day.

Coastal Maine Photo Tours are always based on an experience. This Maine photography sailing adventure is both land and sea.

  • How about a hike on an uninhabited island, a nature preserve, or a lobster picnic on a deserted beach?
  • Visit a remote fishing village, or historic coastal town.
  • Onboard possibilities include; relaxing to the rhythm of the wind and waves, taking a turn at the wheel, helping raise & trim the sails, or learning maritime navigation.
  • Evening anchorages will provide a night sky display that you may have never seen before. Best on the east coast.
  • There’s always the chance for a refreshing dip in the bay.
  • And we will eat like queens and kings.

NOTE: This is bay sailing amongst the islands. Sometimes there can be some chop, but no ocean waves and wakes. Call if you have concerns and would like to discuss this further.

About Schooner Mary Day:

  • She was built to specifically carry passengers with comfort in mind with heat in all the cabins.
  • Two private heads (bathrooms), one with a hot shower.
  • Cozy & pleasant cabins with lots of head room.
  • Comfortable bunks with mattresses 6’2” long.
  • 90’ of uncluttered decks with deck chairs.
  • Coast guard inspected and impeccably maintained by the crew
  • With 14 cabins there is sleeping for 28 guests; double beds, single, and bunks.
  • Access to the boat and to the cabins is by wooden ships ladders.
  • Delicious meals are cooked on a woodfired cookstove.
  • An all-you-can-eat lobster bake on one night.


Additional Info:
American Bald Eagle.
Lighthouse Sailing Photo Adventure, Schooner Mary Day, Penobscot Bay, Maine

Cabin Reservations:

  • Go to this website and click on July 14 for their availability. https://www.schoonermaryday.com/sailing-calendar, or call (800) 992-2218 if you don’t see what you need.
  • Please note that the schooner’s cancellation policy applies when booking your cabin with them.
  • Contact me to let me know that you are booking your cabin on the boat.
  • Board the boat on Sunday, July 14, 4pm or later (we leave the dock the next morning).
  • Return on Thursday, July 18 around 11:00am.

  • I will give a complete refund if I need to cancel the tour for any reason.
  • If you cancel your registration more than 50 days before the start of the event, your tour fee will be refunded to you, minus a $95 processing fee.
  • If you cancel 49- 31 days before the start of the event, 50% of your tour fee (which will include the processing fee) will be refunded.
  • If you need to cancel 30 days or less from the start of the tour, your tour fee (minus a $95 processing fee) will be refunded only if we are able to fill your slot in the program.
  • To cancel you must contact me to activate the cancellation.
  • I suggest that you consider travel insurance.

Lighthouse sailing adventure, Schooner Mary Day, Penobscot Bay Maine