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We are a Maine-based business owned and operated by Maine families.
In 2014, Casco Bay Custom Charters was started for 2 simple reasons:  First, we wanted to share our enjoyment of the water with others.  Second, we wanted to preserve MONHEGAN, our wooden lobster boat, as a piece of Maine maritime history.
We started by offering a few simple sightseeing charters and full day trips. Since then, we’ve expanded our charter offerings to island excursions, brunch and lunch cruises, and 6-course dinners prepared and served aboard by a private chef. We continue to have a lot of fun with everything we do.
In 2018, we purchased and restored the historic passenger cruiser, MARIE L. Our efforts have resulted in the rebirth of a vessel who has been in service in Casco Bay for nearly 70 years! MARIE L helped expand our offerings and enabled us to offer charters for large group up to 16. Our charters aboard MARIE L are all-inclusive and include unlimited local Portland, ME beer, hard seltzer, imported white and red wine, rosé and bubbly!
While we are now a little bit bigger than when we started a handful of years ago, we are still a small business run by a few local families, and we still strive to set ourselves apart by offering exceptional experiences, whether it’s on a 2-hour sightseeing charter for 2, a wedding cruise for 16, or a half-day adventure around the bay for a family.


Based on 88 reviews
Erica M
We had a beautiful time on our boat tour! My wife surprised me just because and Captain Nick and guide Jason made it a day to remember! We left around 6pm and came in right at sunset. Jason was so knowledgeable about the forts and lighthouses. We really enjoyed all the history. He was also very friendly and attentive. At one point my wife’s beer spilled and he immediately replaced it with a new one, free of charge and cleaned up quickly. There were blankets and pillows on the boat and the views were fantastic. The ride was smooth overall given the waters at any given time. We had a great time and can’t wait to come out again!
Christine Tully
Amazing time. My family and I stayed outside Portland for the second leg of our Maine vacation. We booked the private sunset cruise with private chef.This was a surprise for our mom. It was definitely a highlight on our trip. We had excellent weather. The captain did a great job of navigating us around the bay (no sea sickness) our hostess did a wonderful iob of answering our questions and educating us on this beautiful area.Hands down though to our chef who did an amazing job in such a tiny space of preparing the most delicious food. If you are having any doubts about this cruise (or I'd imagine any of their cruises) DON'T !!! Our family had an amazing time and if ever in the area wouldn't hesitate to book again.It was our second to last night on vacation and the PERFECT ending to a memorable trip !!!We went mid July, just late posting review.
Chelsey Hayden
We had an amazing time on the sunset cruise with Jason and Captain Nick. They were very knowledgeable about the area and we loved learning about the history of this region. Service was superb and I would recommend this trip 10/10. Thank you Jason and Nick for making this trip one to remember!!
Blair Mccauley
Such an informative and stunning tour. Captain Zack and Lauren went out of their way to make our experience perfect in every way.
Benjamin Rubinstein
Our experience with Casco Bay Custom Charters was amazing. The boat was the perfect size for all 6 of us and we had a phenomenal time. Lauren was the perfect charter host and provided quick service and good information. Overall, it was a great family experience and I highly recommend it to anyone! Absolutely worth the price.
Leslie Smail
It was a rainy & foggy day, but we still saw the islands and had a nice trip. Having our 25th anniversary vow renewal on board was extremely special. The crew and captain made our day memorable.
Allison Carney
What a great time with Casco Bay Custom Charters! Went out on a private sunset cruise and it was perfect. Everyone on board was so hospitable. The staff was very attentive and made sure we were all comfortable and always had a refill ready! The beer and wine selection were great, with a lot of Portland's best breweries represented. The food was on point and was the perfect amount for our group. Best way to spend an evening in Portland!
Ian Garcia-Grant
We had an amazing time on our cruise with Casco Bay Custom Charters. There was an amazing charcuterie board, beautiful scenery, a friendly captain and deck hand, and plenty of great local beverages. Pretty much a perfect evening!
Rebecca Souter
Casco Bay Custom Charters is a wonderful company to book a boat charter. I had booked for a bachelorette weekend and they were very east to work with. I had to shift our reservation after booking and the customer service was amazing! Our captain and deckhand were so nice and the tour was beautiful. I will definitely be booking with them again in the future. Highly recommend!
Eric Blackburn
We went on this charter on our second day in Maine. The views were stunning, of course. But the service is what stood out. The captain was professional, and the guide was informative, yet still gave us our space to enjoy the day. The discussions we had with the crew were courteous and engaging. Anyone looking for a relaxing and romantic tour of Casco Bay will have an experience exceeding expectations.
Maureen V
I treated my family to a private boat ride and it was amazing! The staff were great and very informative about the area. We were able to have drinks on board and they even had a bluetooooth speaker for music. We saw all my favorite lighthouses and pretty sure a bald eagle too! We are now spoiled and will surely come back for another trip next time we are in Portland, thank you so much!
Brian Husted
We did the private dinner cruise for two for our 25th anniversary and it was the highlight of our trip to Portland. The deck hand Zach met us at the dock and escorted us to the charter boat. The chef’s tasting dinner was nothing short of some of the best food we ever had. All the food was locally sourced with same day seafood all prepared eloquently by Jasmine. This trip is the reason we will come back and visit again. I would give it 10 stars if I could. Thank you captain Nick and the whole team for making our anniversary something to remember!!!
Lobster Demonstration Tours with Rocky Bottom Fisheries @ Rocky Bottom Fisheries
Sep 22 all-day
Lobster Demonstration Tours with Rocky Bottom Fisheries @ Rocky Bottom Fisheries | Portland | Maine | United States

1.5 hour water tour! Tour booking times usually include 9am, 11am, 1pm departure!

Traps. Lobsters. Sealife. Hands-on.

This tour will haul and set lobster traps alongside beautiful landmarks and sea life. This fun and interactive environment offers an experience to feel like a Maine lobsterman and grasp the concept of the lobster fishery.

Please feel free to bring a small drink cooler with you if desired.

Children under 2 are free but still need tickt.

$50 per ticket

Oktoberfest at Bissell Brothers @ BISSELL BROTHERS
Sep 22 all-day
Oktoberfest at Bissell Brothers @ BISSELL BROTHERS | Portland | Maine | United States

Save the date: Oktoberfest at our Portland taproom is back and better than ever on Friday 9/22.

Our fest lager Festbier will be released on draft and in cans, the Kitchen is hard at work on their all-German special menu focused on locally-raised @broadarrowfarm pork, and we’ll have 2023’s limited edition Festbier steins available for pours and purchase.

New this year: an Oompah Band quintet from 3-6pm, a local vendor market, a steinhoisting competition, and more… stay tuned for details.

Wir sehen uns!

Stephen King Week @ Portland, Maine - Multiple Events + Locations
Sep 22 all-day
Stephen King Week @ Portland, Maine - Multiple Events + Locations | Portland | Maine | United States

Celebrate Stephen King Week if you dare. . .

Join the horror with us and other Portland-based organizations this Sept. 18-22 in celebration of the Portland-born best-selling author’s 76th birthday.

Email info@portlandmaine.com for more information!

Happy Hour at Henry’s Public House @ Henry's Public house
Sep 22 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Did you know we have an All Day Happy Hour? M0nday – Friday noon until 4pm
This Basic Baddie is available for $8
Vodka. Celery, Cucumber, Elderflower and Bubbles


Portland Lobster Company: Andi Fawcett @ Portland Lobster Company
Sep 22 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Portland Lobster Company: Andi Fawcett @ Portland Lobster Company | Portland | Maine | United States

Portland Lobster Company: Andi Fawcett

Happy Hour at Boone’s Fish House & Oyster Room @ Boone's Fish House & Oyster Room
Sep 22 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Happy Hour at Boone's Fish House & Oyster Room @ Boone's Fish House & Oyster Room | Portland | Maine | United States

Boone’s Fish House & Oyster Room: You can get happy hour Monday – Friday from 2pm-4pm. Includes 1/2 off oysters and shrimp cocktail, $5 craft beer and $5 house wine.

Happy Hour at Salvage BBQ @ Salvage BBQ
Sep 22 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Happy Hour at Salvage BBQ @ Salvage BBQ | Portland | Maine | United States

Salvage: Happy Hour at BBQ joint runs Wednesday-Friday 2 PM-5 PM. Stop by for food specials, $5 select beers, $5 well cocktails, and $5 wines.

Happy Hour: Wilson County Barbecue @ Wilson County Barbecue
Sep 22 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Happy Hour: Wilson County Barbecue @ Wilson County Barbecue | Portland | Maine | United States

This pit-smoked whole hog barbecue joint in Portland’s Bayside offers happy hour Monday- Friday 2pm-5pm. Includes 1/2 off snacks, $5 wine, & $5 $5 Mango Habenero IPA & Piggy Back IPA

Old Port Walk, Talk, and Taste with Maine Brews Cruise @ Shipyard Brewing Company, 86 Newbury St, Portland, ME 04101
Sep 22 @ 2:45 pm – 5:15 pm
Old Port Walk, Talk, and Taste with Maine Brews Cruise @ Shipyard Brewing Company, 86 Newbury St, Portland, ME 04101 | Portland | Maine | United States

Tour 3 Breweries in Portland’s Historic Old Port!


2.5 Hours

About The Tour

This leisurely walking tour allows you to visit and learn about notable Portland landmarks including numerous former brewery sites, the U.S. Custom House, the Workingmen’s Club, Mariners’ Church, the Seamen’s Club, and the working waterfront that was essential for importing many goods and the exporting of alcohol during times of prohibition.

As part of this historical journey, we will stop at three of these legendary Portland breweries to sample their incredible beverage offerings:

  • Shipyard Brewing Company
  • Gritty McDuff’s
  • Liquid Riot Bottling Company

Please note that tour venues and details may change without notice due to unforeseen circumstances.


  • Locally produced craft beverages
  • Light snack
  • Trained guide

Meeting Location

Shipyard Brewing Company, 86 Newbury St, Portland, ME 04101

Help us to ensure a timely departure by arriving 15 minutes before the start of your tour

Happy Hour at Dock Fore @ Dock Fore
Sep 22 @ 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Happy Hour at Dock Fore @ Dock Fore | Portland | Maine | United States

What’s better than one happy hour? How about TWO happy hours! Yep, that’s right at Dock Fore happy hour is two times a day, every day. 

  • 3pm-7pm: $1.95 Pints of Bud, Bud Light, High Life and Rolling Rock. House Margaritas are $4.95
  • 7pm-CL: a 20oz draft for just $3.95 (rotating draft selection)
    • Monday: Sam Adams
    • Tuesday: 14 to choose from @ $3.25 and up
    • Wednesday: Fat Tire
    • Thursday: Smuttynose IPA
    • Weekend: High Life or Rolling Rock for just $3.25
  • and lastly, Saturday & Sunday (and Monday holidays) $3.95 mimosas
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