Lucky Catch Cruises Portland
Where are we going today?
If there's one thing that Maine is famous for, it's the lobsters! Ever wondered how they end up on your plate? Lucky Catch Cruises is the answer!
This fun tour operator in Maine lets you explore the waters of Casco Bay whilst being guided through the fascinating daily routines of a traditional Maine lobsterman - thanks to Captain Tom!
The excursion lasts for about 90 minutes, and it's very interactive with all on board. You can participate first hand in the excitement of hauling up the traps, and peeking over to see what you might have caught. If you prefer a most relaxing experience, just sit back and watch the sights float past you!
The tour is filled with history too, with the cruise taking you near beautifully picturesque lighthouses (something else Maine is famous for!), as well as historic civil war forts and the famous "Seal Rocks".
Put off that you might be fighting against a big crowd to try and see the sights? No need! The passenger numbers are limited so EVERYONE will be able to have the most incredible experience!
Kids will be able to see what it takes to get the lobsters from the bottom of the ocean, right to the dinner plate. They will also be able to learn all about their habits, and habitats, as well as the conservation efforts - most important!
Know the difference between a hardshell and a shedder? Head out with Lucky Catch Cruises and you'll be able to know everything there is to know about lobsters!
Kids will love the marine tank on board too, filled with some of the creatures that come up on the lobster net. This live tank lets kids get up close to some of the beautiful creatures of the ocean, before they all get thrown back in at the end of the day.
Lucky Catch Cruises will let kids respect their food and the creatures that go into the dishes we love. And eye opening experience, but one they will love!
The MAINE event on the water!
How much does it cost?
- Children$20 (Ages 2 - 12) and $28 (Ages 13 - 18)
- Free Under: 2 years.
When can we go?
Tours start at 10:30am.
First weekend in May to last weekend in October
Lobsters! Just take them across to the Portland Lobster Company and you can have it for dinner!.
Healthy? You are seeing your dinner being hauled up in front of your eyes - it's pretty fresh and healthy! The flavors will be amazing! .
Any Top Tips?
Although it’s not required, they highly recommend making reservations in advance by calling their ticket booth..
Doing our bit
Lucky Catch make sure you have the most authentic time, whilst looking after their catch. They throw back in other creatures, and educate on conservation efforts on the lobsters too.
Need a little extra help?
If you do have mobility issues, then give them a call when you book to check what they can do for you. .
Can I get one of those?
Yes - the lobsters that are caught can be purchased wholesale at the end of the cruise! .
State Conservation Laws prohibit pulling traps after 4pm on Saturdays and all day on Sundays in June, July and August only, so just be aware that they can't offer lobstering cruises during those times..
What people are saying?
by John Avery
We were going to go on the Schooner tours but after some research found the Lucky Catch option which we thought may be a better option for the kids. We had a blast and the kids really enjoyed it. Captain Tom and his mates made sure everyone was involved as we pulled 4 lobster traps. Very informative trip and entertaining. I would recommend this to anyone who would like to see Casco Bay and have a great time as well.
by Robert McCullough
Our trip on the Lucky Catch was wonderful! The Captain and two crew mates were professional, very friendly, knowable about the area, and did a great job making sure everyone was included in on the fun. All three were very attentive to the whole group giving each person a chance to see and touch all the sea life as it came out of the traps and how to measure and identify the lobsters we could keep. The boat was clean and the lobster trap area was wiped down between each catch to keep it that way. At the end of the cruise we had the opportunity to...Read More
by A Google User
This is a Must do in Portland ME. You can actually buy the Lobsters for $5 from Captain Tom and walk down to Portland Lobster Co, to cook them for you for $10 (Inluding Baked Potato, a small Salad ad Butter). The captain was very informative about the area and the trip. Tom was very friendly and made sure everyone on the boat was having a good time. Its a hands-on interactive trip. Thank you Tom. Regards Sheldon & Tanzer Vaz (NJ)
by Robert McCullough
Our trip on the Lucky Catch was wonderful! The Captain and two crew mates were professional, very friendly, knowable about the area, and did a great job making sure everyone was included in on the fun. All three were very attentive to the whole group giving each person a chance to see and touch all the sea life as it came out of the traps and how to measure and identify the lobsters we could keep. The boat was clean and the lobster trap area was wiped down between each catch to keep it that way. At the end of the cruise we had the opportunity to buy the lobster caught on that trip for 5 dollars each. With live lobsters in hand we walked next door to a great dockside restaurant and they cooked them up for 10 dollars each. Sitting at their open air bar on the docks, eating tasty lobster, corn on the cobb, coleslaw and french fries was a great end to the trip. A must if you are in town.