Victory Chimes Details & Accommodations
Take a look at all the Victory Chimes has to offer!
Call us now to book — 800-745-5651 — ask about our early booking discount
Take a look at all the Victory Chimes has to offer!
Call us now to book — 800-745-5651 — ask about our early booking discount
The Victory Chimes size makes her a very comfortable vessel. Her 132 feet of deck space offers plenty of room for you to grab one of our comfortable deck mats and stretch out, or you can find a secluded spot to catch some rays or snuggle up with a good book. Two full-size on-deck showers are available for your convenience in the forward house. Down below, the large saloon where meals are served offers a great spot as a respite from the sun or weather, or a place to play cribbage or other games available on board. We also have a large selection of books for your reading pleasure.
Aft of the main saloon, the passenger accommodations open off the airy companionway. All are outside cabins with opening portholes, and all are at least six feet by eight feet, with nine feet of headroom. All have hot and cold running water, good reading lights, and large berths with comfortable mattresses, pillows, sheets, and warm blankets. Some cabins accommodate two, while larger ones have multiple berths just right for families. Single cabins are also available. Each cabin is comfortably spacious with storage areas for your belongings.
We have four special suites that are ideal for the honeymoon couple or those who require a little more in the way of creature comforts. Each of these cabins has a double bed, hot and cold running water and its own head (toilet). The decor is a little more “yacht like” with a stocked library. They are available on a first-come first-served basis at a slightly higher cost than our regular cabins and based on double occupancy. If interested, please inquire.
It is the most relaxing, restorative vacation you could imagine. Pack up your day-to-day cares and leave them on the dock — you won’t miss them at all. You’ll be much too busy savoring the simple pleasures of shipboard life: the time to read a good book, the tranquility to snooze in the warmth of the afternoon sun, the freedom to go wherever the wind takes us, the adventure of discovering a new harbor every evening. You’ll find special places ashore, too, whether we’re lying off an unspoiled island beach or a salty seafaring port.
On the Victory Chimes, passengers seem to get to know each other more easily than they might at a land-based resort. We think it’s because the atmosphere is so restful, so conducive to chatting over breakfast or sharing the thrill of seeing a porpoise trace crescents above the waves. But there’s also plenty of time and space for being quietly alone, simply gazing at the sea.
Don’t worry about getting lax with your exercise regimen — unless you want to! Before or after the day’s sail, you can swim, give your biceps a workout in the rowboat, go for a run, or take an energetic walk along the shore. If you’re a sailing buff, or are eager to become one, the captain and crew will welcome your help hoisting and lowering the sails. To hone your navigational skills, you can practice plotting our course with the compass and chart laid out just for passengers, or practice marlinspike seamanship with a crew member.
Once the anchor is down in the evening, we enjoy gathering on the main deck to toast the day. We provide the hors d’oeuvres, and you’re welcome to bring soft drinks or spirits for your personal consumption (for safety and in consideration of other passengers, we of course cannot tolerate excessive drinking). We always look forward to dinner with great eagerness — what with the marvelous aromas coming from the galley, it’s all we can do to wait until the brass bell is rung! You will feast on lobster and other unique hardy New England fare that our Chef prepares daily. All meals are included, from fresh blueberry pancakes in the morning to homemade breads and desserts at lunch and dinner. After sharing in an informal sing-along or slipping away for a final look at the stars, it’s time for a good night’s sleep. You’ll find you sleep like a baby and awaken refreshed, ready for a big breakfast! Both breakfast and dinner are served in the main saloon. Lunches are usually served on deck as we sail along.
Chef James is a graduate of Johnson and Wales University Culinary School. Capt. Paul is also a Culinary Arts teacher. Both are ServSafe Food Protection Managers. This National Restaurant Association professional training and certification is the industry standard in the Culinary field.
The Victory Chimes sails out of the small midcoast city of Rockland, Maine, the Windjammer Capital of the World. From here, we set off across spectacular Penobscot Bay to cruise among pine-profiled islands and peninsulas, stopping for the night in out-of-the-way coves, fishing villages barely changed since the Victory Chimes was young, and popular resort towns where shops display unique souvenirs and the best of Maine crafts. One week we may head west to Monhegan and Boothbay Harbor; another, we’ll sail down east towards Stonington, and on to Mt. Desert Island and Bar Harbor. Rockland is conveniently located right on Route 1, about a four-hour drive from Boston. If you are flying, you may choose to arrive via Portland International Jetport, Bangor International Airport, or the small Knox County Airport at Owls Head, just a short drive from our dock.
How to get to your Windjammer Vacation on Victory Chimes
For our GPS enabled guests, use Captain Spear Drive, Rockland, Maine as your destination.
From southern points: From Boston to Rockland (190 miles, 3½ hours): Follow I-95 into Maine and get on I-295 at Exit 44 in South Portland (See directions from Portland below).
From Portland to Rockland (84 miles, 1½ hours): From I-295, a little north of Portland, you will take Exit 28 to U.S. Route 1 North (Coastal Route) at Brunswick. Continue on U.S. Route 1 all the way into Rockland.
An Alternative if Traffic is Heavy : Wiscasset is one of Maine’s notorious traffic jam communities with all the people stopping at Red’s Eats for their famous Lobster Roll. Traffic can be very slow on I-295 during the peak summer season with people coming in to Maine from the NE. Alternative is to: Continue on I-295 North, which becomes the Maine Turnpike into Augusta. Get off at Exit 109 and follow the signs for Route 17 East into Rockland. Once in Rockland, take US Route 1 South (Which is One Way) until you come to a Stop Light across from a Rite Aid (great place for supplies and beverages) and Dairy Queen. You will see signs for US Route 1 North. Make a Left and US Route 1 North will take you into Rockland’s downtown area. Then follow directions below.
Once in Rockland. Victory Chimes is located at WINDJAMMER Wharf off of Tillson Avenue on Captain Spear Drive. Tillson originates at a stop light off a one-way section of Route 1 North that takes you through the downtown section of Rockland. Approaching from the south on Route 1 — you will come to a stop light; make a sharp LEFT on to Main St route one north. Continue past the old STRAND movie theater on your right to the next stop light, which is Tillson Avenue. Make a RIGHT on Tillson. The second left off Tillson across from Hamilton Marine is Captain Spear Drive and WINDJAMMER WHARF. We are located on the wharf.
Parking is off sight but very close by.
Victory Chimes is accessible via Portland (Maine) International Jetport, Bangor International Airport or Owls Head (Knox County Regional Airport ten minutes from our dock). All have major rental car companies and taxi and limo services. The services have become very expensive, so check rates. Some feel you may be better off with a one-way rental both ways.
Taxi and Limo services:
Services provide 24 hours a day pick-up service with advance reservations and will pick you up and deliver you to Rockland and Victory Chimes or your hotel, and get you back to the airport after your cruise. Contact: Schooner Bay Taxi (www.penobscotrivermall.com/schoonerbay/ ), (207) 594-5000 or Mid-Coast Limo ( www.midcoastlimo.com ), (800) 937-2424.
Need a Great Place to Eat on Boarding Night?
We board the night of the first date listed on our schedule between 6-8PM. On boarding night, you’re on your own for dinner, and most folks check in and then go out to eat. We have menus from all the area restaurants and fine dining establishments from great local seafood (Labsta’), and European bistros to Thai. When you get here, tell us what you feel like and we’ll suggest away.
Need a Hotel in Walking Distance?
The closest hotel to Victory Chimes is the Trade Winds (AAA approved) firstname.lastname@example.org, just a few blocks away.
Need a Bed and Breakfast?
If you’ll be around for an extended stay, check out this website for bed and breakfast sites in and around the Rockland, Maine area: www.bbonline.com/me/rockland.html
We hope this information helps make your Victory Chimes Windjammer Vacation with us a little easier and we forward to seeing you aboard.
Captain Kip Files and Capt Paul DeGaeta
What to Bring
What should you pack for a trip on the Victory Chimes? Comfortable, casual clothes and rubber-soled shoes. Be sure to bring a windbreaker and some warm layers of clothing — the breeze off the water can sometimes be a bit chilly. But that doesn’t mean there won’t be balmy bathing-suit weather, too. Be sure to bring your camera, binoculars, perhaps a sketch pad, and a musical instrument if you play one. If you’d like to bring a radio or tape player, we require that you use headphones with it. It’s best to pack lightly, in soft luggage that can easily be stowed.
What can you expect on a Victory Chimes cruise? Following are some of the Captain’s thoughts and observations during a recent season.
June 1: First sail with Sound School, will have these sail training students aboard for two weeks. Had a great night sail this week. Great to see the kids enjoying the Maine coast and this historic vessel. -Capt Files
June 8-11: First sight of whales this season off Swans Island! -Capt Files
June 13 -15: Had a great weekend Files family reunion on board. Found out 2nd Mate Robert is a talented guitar player serenading the guests -Capt Files
Victory ChimesJune 17-20: Great to be back on Penobscot Bay for another season. Fog finally lifted. A spectacular sight seeing all the Windjammers, sailing like they did on the bay a hundred years ago. -Capt Files
June 22-27: Boothbay Windjammer Days. Saw a Minke whale off Monhegan on the way up to Boothbay. Great lobster feed on Lineken Bay hosted by the Boothbay Chamber. Parade was called early as fog rolled in. Saw a basking shark (The first I have seen in these waters) and puffins on our way back down to Rockland. -Capt Files
June 29: Baylor Academy on for two weeks. Had a big schooner Gam with 14 vessels tied up together — what a sight. Governor King and wife stayed aboard, so we renamed the suite he stayed in, in his honor. -Capt Files
July 13: Fleet decided on Carvers Cove for Schooner Gam. Enjoying my first trip taking her this season and having Joyce and my three boys aboard. This Gam is something the fleet does for itself. We don’t decide where we are going until the day of the event and then we all raft up together. What a treat for the passengers who visit from boat to boat and experience American Maritime history up close and personal — available no where else in the entire country.-Capt DeGaeta
July 17: Saw twin baby bald eagles in a nest on sheep Island. -Capt Files
July 22: Saw Finback whale off Acadia. Enjoying great summer weather.-Capt Files
July 27: Great weather continues We keep hearing of the heat wave up to the southward. Nice here!-Capt Files
August 3: Monday night at Bucks Harbor, where they close off Main Street for the Steel Band music festival every other week. Close your eyes and you swear you are in the Caribbean Islands, they are that good! Gorgeous week of weather, made it to Somes Sound, the only Fjard on the U.S. East Coast. -Capt DeGaeta
August 10: Visited historic Castine this week. The Dutch, French, British and Americans all fought over this strategic location that guarded the great ship building timbers of the Maine old growth forests. Got some great sailing breezes. Had the vessel doing 10 knots this week on a beam reach. What a ride as 400 tons of schooner cuts a course across the bay. -Capt Files
Aug 17: Touch of fall this trip. NW breeze blew the fog out and made for crystal clear nights. Clear enough to locate star constellations you never see in cities. You can even track satellites as the pass overhead. -Capt Files
Aug 20: Anchored in Isle au Haut, part of Acadia National Park. Saw lots of deer. Real pretty. -Capt Files
Aug 24: Northern Lights have been spectacular. Great evening shows, a real treat. -Capt Files
Aug 31: Camden Sail-In week. As always a great time. We won the passenger talent show again this year. The trip into tight Camden Harbor is always a show stopper for a vessel as large as the Chimes. Not much room but what a sight to see this schooner in such a great harbor. -Capt Files
Sept 7: Wooden Boat Sail-In week. The last gathering of the fleet for ’98. As always a great time. The steel band played ashore for our guests. -Capt Files
Sept 14: June Knowles on her 52nd trip. Lots of return passengers on this week. We remembered a few of our special friends, like John Leonard, who are no longer around to make the trips, with a memorial service. -Capt Files
Sept 21: Mother nature is starting her paint job. You can start to see the foliage change. -Capt Files
Sept 26: Family and friend cruise, had Joyce and a dozen close friends up from Florida avoiding the squelching heat. Also family from Toronto, and a mini-reunion for the 509th Parachute Infantry Bn. of WWII-America’s first combat paratroops and my Uncle’s old outfit. Foggy but a fun time.-Capt DeGaeta
Sept 30: Last cruise of the season. A high-pressure system provided one of those clear spectacular views of this beautiful bay that we cruise on — you can see for miles. The Camden hills are afire with autumn colors. Sailed through Leadbetters Narrows, granite and pine so close you can almost reach out and touch them. Spent one day off North Haven riding the hook as a gale blew through, the next day was a marvelous sail. Another great season, we sailed with over 750 Victory Chimes family members this year!-Capt DeGaeta