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) email@example.com, 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.
It rained last night after we boarded, just as the sun was setting. I noticed a couple sitting under the awning, watching it all. I joined them as the setting sun peaked under the squall line and lit up the far shore. Dark ominous clouds loomed over head as the rain pattered the tide. The electric green of the sunlit shore provided a contrast to the tempest. The woman said to no one in particular, “It’s beautiful isn’t it?” It was. There is beauty in all of it, if you choose to find it.
We cast off today, June 2nd, for our first cruise of the 2017 sailing season. It was overcast with a slight westerly breeze. As we cleared the Rockland Breakwater Light House, preparing to raise sail, the colors and promise of a new sailing season burst upon Penobscot Bay. Based on the beaming faces of several new young crew members laying out halyards, some expectations and dreams were being realized after a long hard fit out.
There were half-dozen shades of gray in the clouds, buffered by blue and white patches of an approaching clearing sky. That pallet of color framed the rippling green hues of the Eastern Broadleaf forests of the Camden Hills; distant mountains to the North; and islands near and far. Gray granite islands neatly brought it to a focus at the tide line and the star of the show, Penobscot Bay took over. The peaks of swells glittered now in sparkles of fractured sunlight. A final touch of colorful confetti dotted the blue Atlantic sea, just arriving on the flood tide, in the form of lobster pot markers.
Three distinctive white gaffs and headsails announced Victory Chimes, the “Queen of the Main Windjammer Fleet” as she was named by Downeast Magazine, was back upon her throne.
The sun finally won out in totality on this day as we followed the compass to the north. Rolling Porpoise, a jumping Gray Seal and soaring Bald Eagle added to the view as Chef James served lunch on deck. Passengers were casting off their land-ness as they became more relaxed with kindred spirits.
Visibility up the bay was endless, we weaved through islands that have changed little since the ice age, as passengers took them in. In late afternoon, we rounded up in Eggemoggin Reach, took in sail and eased into the east horseshoe of Bucks Harbor where we dropped the hook.
We passed fewer boats than you can count on your hand – it was our bay to enjoy as we pleased today. A great day to introduce our new crew to the bay; to the vessel; and to how tradition requires we do things aboard Victory Chimes. We were assisted by two Alumni crew who will always love the vessel. Nick and Ryan – now two skilled shiprwrights came along to pass on what they learned aboard in years past. Kip and I start our 28th Sailing season.