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Portland, Maine is the prime ferry port for Casco Bay.




Ferryboats from Portland to points in Maine's Casco Bay depart from the Casco Bay Municipal Ferry Terminal on the Maine State Pier off Commercial Street at the foot of Franklin Street (map).

(International ferryboats to Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada, depart from the Portland Ocean Gateway. More...)

Casco Bay Lines, Commercial and Franklin streets (tel 207-774-7871), will take you over to Bailey's Island in summer.

While on the 5-1/2-hour cruise, you'll be told all about the island's history and its geologic features, plus lots of Portland and Casco Bay lore.

On a sunny day, this is a very fine way to "take the air."

Other cruises are a bit shorter and a bit cheaper: There's a year-round sunset cruise to the islands (2-1/2 hours), a seasonal music cruise around Casco Bay (3 hours), and the year-round cruise on the US Mail boat which goes to six of the Calendar Islands (3 hours).

There's full info on the Casco Bay Lines website.

—by Tom Brosnahan

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Casco Bay Lines Terminal, Portland ME

Above, Casco Bay Ferry Terminal.

Below, aircraft carrier seen in Casco Bay.


Aircraft Carrier, Portland ME

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