Coming into port via Casco Bay Lines — Photo courtesy of Casco Bay LinesCasco Bay Lines serves as the transit ferry service for residents of six Casco Bay islands: Peaks, Little Diamond, Great Diamond, Cliff Island, Long Island and Chebeague islands. Many of these residents take the daily ferry commute to and from jobs in Portland. Thanks to this ferry service, visitors can also visit these scenic locations with their wind swept shorelines, quaint streets and shops. In addition, Casco Bay offers rides to many of the neighboring uninhabited islands which feature prime hiking and bird watching opportunities. Families often take advantage of such trips to explore tidal pools, wildlife and even biking on these rugged, primitive bay isles.
One of several ferries operated by Casco Bay Lines — Photo courtesy of Mark PechenikThis ferry service also features theme voyages such as their Bailey Island cruise in which the captain describes the rich history of Casco Bay from lighthouses to forts and the summer vacationing colonies of the 1800s. Another highly popular cruise, believe it or not, is the daily Mail Run which allows passengers to see the daily postal delivery process to neighboring islands. For those wishing to heighten their Maine sailing experience, special lobster bakes are featured on several cruises. Prices are reasonable (averaging about $15 per person) and the crew is both informative and courteous. Those seeking Portland’s version of an enjoyable day on the water will do well by checking out Casco Bay Lines.