Gloucester Schooner Adventure Expeditions to Star Island

September 10 to September 12

*Note: the dates for this program have changed since the Star Island Program Book 2019 was published

Questions? Contact Schooner Adventure directly


• SAIL Schooner-Adventure to the Isles of Shoals and back.
• HELP the crew, raise & trim the sails, navigate, and steer.
• WATCH for whales, dolphins, seals, and spot seabirds.
• STAY at the historic Star Island Hotel; enjoy island life.
• ENJOY homemade meals, family style – grand dining.
• TOUR the Isles & Appledore’s Shoals Marine Laboratory.
• ATTEND Hotel Conference Program activities and lectures.
• EXPLORE Celia Thaxter’s Gardens of the colonial era.
• ENTERTAIN hotel guests sailing on Adventure.
• CELEBRATE the Summer Solstice or Summer Wind at Star Island


RELIVE Adventure’s windjammer days, experience the joys of schooner sailing with billowing sails and healing in salty breezes on our magnificent 122’ tall ship. Share Gloucester’s pride in her flagship, an historic Gloucesterman, a dory fishing schooner, and the former Queen of the Maine Windjammer fleet.


DISCOVER, delight, and unwind in a unique and beautiful setting leaving the mainland life behind. Find a rocking chair, read your favorite book, enjoy sunrises, have coffee, and enjoy the company of guests on the shady porch. See why famous impressionist Childe Hassam was so inspired and painted his master works of these Isles. On Appledore Island see the home site of Celia Thaxter sponsor of musicians, artists, and authors of the Gilded Age. Tour her gardens and the Shoals Marine Labs of Cornell and UNH. Discover and perhaps solve the old mysteries of Smuttynose Island. Participate in other Hotel Conference Programs. Birdwatch and explore. Enjoy a
cooling swim and row a skiff in Gosport Harbor. While at Star Island other Hotel guests will be invited to sail aboard Adventure.

Families with children are encouraged to attend, especially those with an interest in sailing! Please note that this trip is not suitable for children under 12.

The Adventure Captain, Cruise Director, Docents, and Audubon birder will lead teaching, learning, and active participation activities while sailing to and from Star Island and while staying at the Hotel. Sea chantey singing encouraged. Celebration events for the June Summer Solstice or September Summer Wind.

Additional activities: excursions and tours, lobster dinner, etc. are subject to additional fees and that registration will be available upon registration at the Hotel. Detailed information will be provided upon sign-up.

Program Fee

$450 ($395 for Adventure members) per adult includes sailing to and from Star Island, a day sail on the lay day, meals and snacks aboard, and an Adventure souvenir.
$295 for children 12-17. Some activities will appear as hotel registration options with separate fees. Ask Adventure about younger children.

Room and Board Rates

Schooner Standard Shared Standard Single
2-nights $367 $486

Activity Level

Onboard: Mariner. Looking forward to getting my sea legs on an overnight sail to distant ports in New England. I can handle variable weather conditions and seas.  I am prepared to spend my time on the deck, rain or shine, rough or calm, hot or cold. Rough terrain in port is not a problem for me.


Contact Stephen Hall, Cruise Director or Becca Campbell