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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.

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Excellent
5.0
Based on 91 reviews
Mariah Kimball
I booked a tour as a gift for Mother’s Day, this was our first time in Casco Bay Custom Charters and it was amazing. The crew were phenomenal, the food and drinks were fantastic (and local!) and they really do make sure you have the best time with them. Today is a memory that my family will cherish forever. If you’re looking for something true “Maine” to experience this is what you’re looking for!
Claire E
We had a fantastic time on our trip with Casco Bay Custom Charters! The weather was rainy on the day of our scheduled trip, and they were nice enough to reach out to see if we wanted to reschedule. We opted to go ahead, and the team did a fantastic job of setting up coverage on the boat to allow us to enjoy the sights of Casco Bay without getting soaked.The boat was lovely and comfortable. Nick and Lauren were friendly, knowledgeable, safety conscious, and provided us with an excellent experience. I would highly recommend Casco Bay Custom Charters, especially if you’re celebrating a special occasion and are looking for a more intimate and low-key alternative to a larger boat tour.
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!!!
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