private charters

Private Charters in Portland, Maine

Hop aboard with your business team or closest friends and enjoy a boat ride that suits your needs. Whether hauling traps, setting out for the sunset, or simply cruising around the islands, this is the perfect option in Portland.

Corporate Events & Team Building

Are you tired of the same old corporate outings? Show your employees how much you appreciate their hard work by treating them to an unforgettable private charter in Portland, Maine.

Our private boat tours provide a unique and exciting setting for team building and corporate events. Join your team aboard your very own private boat, where you’ll enjoy breathtaking views of iconic lighthouses and the city skyline.

You can choose from one of our harbor tours, such as the lobster demonstration tour or the popular sunset cruise, or you can customize a cruise tailored specifically to your group’s preferences. Our friendly and hardworking crew will serve as your guides, ensuring both your enjoyment and safety. They’re more than happy to capture the moment with exceptional photos, play your favorite music, and share their extensive knowledge about the Maine lobster industry.

Our tours are BYOB, allowing you to toast your success with your favorite drinks. Feel free to bring your preferred food and snacks, and you can even add fresh lobster rolls from Luke’s Lobster (available when booking). Opting for Rocky Bottom Fisheries for your next corporate event promises an experience your staff will talk about for years to come!

Bachelor/Bachelorette Parties

If you’re hosting your bachelor or bachelorette party in Portland, Maine, we think there’s no better place to celebrate than on the water!

Gather your bridal party crew and get ready for a fun and memorable experience on your private charter. Our vessels offer the perfect setting for an awesome celebration that’s as unique as your love story. We can host up to 12 guests on F/V The Wild Duck and up to 30 guests on F/V The Jackpot.

Play your favorite music, sip some drinks (yes, it’s BYOB!), Dance and celebrate as you cruise the bay. Whether you’re seeking adventure or relaxation, choose from one of our harbor tours, like our popular lobster demonstration or sunset cruise, or customize a cruise just for your group!

Our experienced crew is here to make sure you have a great time. They’re more than happy to take photos and get all the right angles. If you’re looking for a combined bachelor and bachelorette party, our private charter is a fantastic way to bring everyone together.

The fun doesn’t have to stop after the charter! Continue the party by exploring the bar scene in downtown Portland. Need recommendations? Just ask – we’re happy to point you in the right direction! We’re here to make your bachelor or bachelorette party in Portland, Maine amazing!

Weddings, Elopements, & Engagements

Small weddings and elopements are gaining popularity like never before, and there’s no more romantic place to exchange vows than on Casco Bay. Our private charters in Portland, Maine can host up to 30 guests, providing the ideal setting for a truly unique and beautiful wedding or elopement.

Play your music, toast with your favorite drinks, enjoy your loved ones, cut your cake, and capture stunning photos in front of the iconic Portland Head Light. Your special day will be nothing short of magical.

If you’re looking for a unique and memorable way to pop the question, we’ve got you covered. Our team can help you plan a beautiful and surprise engagement on one of our passenger boats, ensuring it’s a moment you will both never forget.

Our Sunset Cruise is the perfect romantic backdrop for an engagement, whether you choose to propose in front of a historic lighthouse or another breathtaking spot on Casco Bay. With our help, your engagement will be a tale to remember and a story you’ll tell for years to come.

Contact us to start planning your intimate wedding or engagement with Rocky Bottom Fisheries today!


Graduations & Birthday Parties

Hosting a party can be challenging, to say the least! Between planning, set up, and clean up, there is so much to think about. Sometimes, a party at home just isn’t the right fit.

Looking for an event that’s both exciting and easy to plan? That’s where Rocky Bottom Fisheries comes in – let us take care of the hosting so you can relax and enjoy the celebration! You’ll have your private charter to yourself on Casco Bay.

Our sunset cruise is the perfect setting for an unforgettable graduation or birthday party. Create your party’s soundtrack with your favorite music, dance, mingle with friends and family, and take in Portland landmarks and lighthouses from the water. Keep an eye out for sea life along the way!

For a great kid’s option, our lobster demonstration tour is perfect, offering hands-on fun for all ages. You’re welcome to bring your coolers filled with food, drinks, and cake – we’ll even take photos so you can keep the memories forever.

If you’re looking for a unique and fun graduation, birthday, or any special occasion venue in Portland, book a private charter with Rocky Bottom Fisheries! We can plan a special charter just for your group!


$350/hr, with a minimum of 1.5 hours

Private charters in Portland, Maine can be customized regarding the timeframe, destinations, and needs of your party.

Have another idea for a group outing? We can accommodate for any occasion!

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1. What Do I Need to Bring On a Private Charter?
  • You could just bring yourself, but here are our suggestions

  • A Camera (Yes, your smartphone will work, too!)

  • Sunglasses or a hat to keep off the sun

  • Extra clothing (it’s colder than you expect on the water, so bring a sweater)

  • Ample sunscreen to protect your skin from the sun

  • Any snacks and beverages you’d like to have (you can even bring a small drink cooler)

2. Where Are You Located?

You can find us at 60 Portland Pier in Portland; we share our section of the pier with Luke’s Lobster Portland.

3. Where Should I Park My Car?

On the pier, there is limited metered parking (please note meters are on 24/7, not just during peak hours). You can check out this map for a full list of the other parking facilities in the Downtown and Old Port areas of Portland. Most meters in the old port are free after 6 p.m. and on Sundays. We suggest you arrive at least 20 minutes early to give yourself plenty of time to find parking, as it can be a struggle.

4. What There’s Bad Weather?

All charters are held rain or shine at Rocky Bottom Fisheries. The waters of the Casco Bay stay calm since it’s a protected bay with peninsulas and islands blocking the worst of the waves. In the event we do need to cancel a charter for any reason, customers always receive a full refund. Your charter can be rescheduled for another day and time, depending on availability. If you need to cancel for some reason, we require seven days’ notice for full refunds. Please call us on our main line at (207) 274-1844 within that 7-day window so we can help you with cancellation, rebooking, and/or future credits.

5. What If I Need to Use the Bathroom?

All of our vessels are equipped with restrooms (called “heads” on boats). That said, we encourage you to use the restroom ahead of time if you can.

6. Should I Worry About Seasickness?

Not for most people. However, if you have had seasickness in the past, we suggest Dramamine before your charter or using a motion sickness wristband.  This helps to ensure your voyage goes smoothly and is totally enjoyable!

7. Is It Expected that I Tip the Crew?

Tipping is never required. However, our crews put in long hours at sea to ensure your private charter in Portland, Maine, is fantastic. If you do give them a tip, it signals to them that you recognize and appreciate their hard work. 

8. Can I Keep Lobsters Caught During The Charter or Buy them from Rocky Bottom?

We are not permitted to keep or sell lobsters that we catch on any of our tours or charters by law. That said, please feel free to reach out to us by phone at (207) 274-1844 to ask about buying lobsters from our commercial fishing vessel.