FAQ

Tickets & Reservations

Do I need to make reservations?

Advance purchase is highly recommended, as tours often sell out in advance. To maximize your chances of getting the day and time you prefer, please book well in advance via phone 207-315-5544. Tickets are non-refundable but we gladly reschedule, depending on availability. You can also take your chances and show up 30 min before departure time. All passenger tickets are sold on a first-come, first-served basis.

Do you have a minimum passenger count?

Yes, we have a minimum of 6 adult passengers for the daily scheduled tours.

Can I book a private tour?

Yes! We can accommodate a variety of special requests and menus. Consider us for private tours, birthdays, wedding receptions, rehearsal dinners, bridal parties, engagement parties, showers, reunions, cocktail parties, corporate retreats, lunches and dinners, business retreats and special meetings. For catering options and reservations, please email: info@damariscottarivercruises.com, or call 207-315-5544

What is your policy for reserving private events?

Generally a 50% deposit is required at the time of reservation and balance is due 30 days in advance of reserved date.

Cancellation Policy: There is a 20% service fee for any cancellation. Refunds are available with at least 30 days’ notice from the reservation date. For cancellations with less than 30 days’ notice, we will try to rebook the boat. If we can rebook the boat then the deposit will be refunded, less the service fee. If we cannot rebook the dates then the deposit and balance is then forfeited.

Do you take credit cards on the boat?

Yes, we accept all credit cards for the purchase of tickets and at the bar.

What type of ticket should I buy for a young child?

For children under the age of 12, you should purchase a reduced-price Child ticket.

Do you ever cancel trips?

The Damariscotta River Cruises is very rarely canceled. The RiverTripper has a covered area that protects passengers from the rain and wind. We cancel a ride, if less than 6 passengers show or if the captain decides the trip would be unsafe due to weather or something else. Please call us if you have any concerns about the weather. Phone: 207-315-5544

Boarding & About the River Tripper

Is the boat handicapped-accessible?

Yes! We can accommodate individuals with ambulatory challenges and those in collapsible wheelchairs. Unfortunately, motorized wheelchairs are too big and heavy to navigate our ramp and docking system. Boarding and disembarking will be at the Damariscotta public ramp. Please arrive 20 minutes before the scheduled cruise time. Please call us at 207-315-5544 with any questions or concerns.

How do you normally board the vessel? Will we have to use the stairs?

A ramp descends from the pier at Schooner Landing Restaurant and Marina to the float where we tie up. The steepness of this ramp depends on the tide. If you feel uncomfortable with the ramp, we can arrange to pick you up at the town floats where our handicapped passengers board.

How fast does the boat go?

Teciani, The RiverTripper, travels at about 7 knots.

Is there a restroom on the boat?

Yes, the boat is equipped with clean restrooms that are handicapped accessible.

Can I stow anything during the cruise?

We have extremely limited space for luggages and strollers on board. Please leave them with your car if you can. The parking lot is very safe. Locals do not even lock their cars. We are not responsible for lost or missing items.

Is The RiverTripper safe?

The RiverTripper is a safe vessel with a normal operating crew of two. Originally built for the Navy as an unsinkable troop carrier, today she is certified by the United States Coast Guard to carry 49 passengers while traveling our inland waterways, harbors and tributaries. She complies with all Coast Guard safety requirements.

Are there any stops along the way on the Damariscotta River Cruises?

No, there are no stops on our scheduled trips. We will be cruising for the entire tour. On the other hand, our private charters are custom tailored.

Is there any narration on the tour?

Yes, the Aquaculture Tour is partially narrated, as are some of the Special Cruises.

Will I get seasick?

The RiverTripper is a heavy, 50-foot vessel designed for stability. The Damariscotta River has a mild temperament, and it is unlikely that you will feel much movement aboard the boat. If you often feel seasick, you may want to consider some light medication before beginning the trip.

Do you sell seasickness medicine??

No, we cannot officially advise you to take any medication. However, we sell products such as ginger ale and ginger candies at the bar.

Is The RiverTripper covered?

Yes, about 80% of the deck is covered with a canvas canopy. There are wind and rain curtains.

Food & Drinks

Is there food and drink available on the boat?

Yes! We have a full bar, and snacks are also available. We accept cash and credit cards onboard.

Can I bring my own alcoholic drinks on board the Damariscotta River Cruises?

No, you can not bring drinks on board. According to Maine State Liquor License Law, Chapter 1,10. “No licensee shall possess or permit possession, sale or consumption of any liquor on the licensed premises other than that which is permitted and purchased by the licensee in accordance with the license or licenses granted for said premises.” You will be able to purchase drinks and snacks at our full bar.

General

Can I bring my dog on the boat?

No. For the comfort and health of other passengers, we cannot permit pets on board.

What should I wear?

For The RiverTripper, we recommend that you dress in layers so you can adjust to changing winds and cloud cover. You’ll find the temperature on the water is lower than on the land. While this can be quite refreshing on a summer day, it can also catch you unprepared, and leave you chilly.

Can I use a tripod on the boat?

Yes, as long as the legs of the tripod do not have spikes. People often ask us what the best equipment is for taking photos of wildlife from our boat. Our answer is: a good zoom is most helpful.

Do you run your trips in the fog?

Damariscotta is 15 miles from the open ocean and it rarely gets foggy, unlike other cruises on the Maine coast.

Parking

Is parking available near the departure point of the Damariscotta River Cruises?

Yes, parking is available for FREE at Damariscotta’s spacious Municipal Parking Lot, more commonly known as the Back Parking Lot, along the river, about a two minute walk to the boat ramp at Schooner Landing Marina.

How long can I leave a car in the parking lot?

There is a three hour limit until 6 PM. Please disarm your car alarm.

Is the parking lot safe?

While there are no guarantees in life, it is worth noting that locals tend to leave their keys in the ignition! The parking lot is in a bustling commercial area, surrounded by shops, galleries, and other businesses.