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.
Victory Chimes sailed into this season on June 2nd and Penobscot Bay showed us how much she missed us. We were provided with a dazzling wildlife display of Porpoise, Seals, Osprey, Bald Eagles and a dozen or so sea birds like Eider and Black Guillemots Ducks, Arctic and Rosetta Terns, Laughing Gulls and what seems like an abundance of Loons. We had aboard an always fun group of skiers from Sugarloaf. This was a bit of a memorial cruise for a long time friend of the Victory Chimes, the late great Tiger Bragdon who owned Gepetto’s. His friends did him proud and he would have loved the cruise he was always so fond of. And oh the sunsets this time of year. We were honored by US Army Vietnam veteran Parker Stevens raising colors for us one morning.
Cruise 2: Two gorgeous sunny days to start this cruise – smiling happy passengers. Had her screaming along at 8 knots into a 2 knot current going through Oak Island Passage. A little rain the last day, but that’s part of the experience – Victory Chimes has dealt with the weather every day of her 117 year existence. Chef James is a big hit with passengers. This Johnson and Wales graduate/Servsafe Certified Chef worked under some famous creative culinarians and it shows. Lobster perfect every time, Expertly seasoned prime-rib and his homemade pasta dishes are to die for.
Gam Cruise: It’s Gam time! Always exciting when the fleet gets together. As the centerpiece for this gathering, we anchored up in Carver’s Cove and by supper we had three schooners rafted up off us on each side. Music was playing, and guests got to visit each ship and share in the revelry. We have a Tall Ships event every day of the summer in Penobscot Bay. Nowhere on God’s Blue Ocean can you see as many historic American Sailing Vessels as on an average day on Penobscot Bay.
Cruise Four: There are times you can look up the bay and there is nothing on it but our historic vessels and nothing that would convince you it wasn’t the year 1900. Nowhere can you find as many American National Historic Landmarks sailing in one place. This was one of those times. Gale had so much fun two cruises back she returned for this one.
Wedding Cruise: Honored that Elizabeth Bishop and Jackie Foley chose to hold their wedding aboard Victory Chimes. They had 37 of their closest friends and family join them and we found a beautiful cove off Vinalhaven to hold the nuptials. As Bride Elizabeth told me, “This couldn’t have been anymore perfect. It is such a beautiful ship to hold a wedding on.”
Reflection on June: The weather in June gets a bad rap. I have sailed the month of June most of the past decade, and have had mostly great weather. Go to Victory Chimes – Capt Paul DeGaeta’s Page and look at the sun shinning in the pictures I posted. The weather people tell us for our home port of Rockland, Maine, the average June temperature is a comfortable 72°F and rarely exceeds 81°F. This June we had five days 81F or higher; one spiking to 89. We seemed to time a couple of fronts perfectly; catching wet weather at the dock. We had 13 1/2 sunny days out of 18 sailing days and no fog – that’s pretty darn good. I only broke out my “foulies” three times and two of those were for less than an hour. Winds were cooperative and we had Victory Chimes at 8 Knots four different times. That is something to experience in a huge vessel.