Frequently Asked Questions
- Can I keep any of the lobsters that are caught on the trip?
No, we are an educational trip and therefore release all lobsters we catch. We also wouldn’t want to compete with the hard working men and women who make a living by catching lobsters. We recommend you support our local community and purchase lobsters from those businesses.
- As a guest on board the LULU can I do the actual fishing?
Lobster fishing on the coast of Maine is a highly regulated (that’s why its been so successful) and therefore there are strict rules about who can pull up the lobster traps. Our captains are licensed so will pull up the traps, then our narrators will show guests what comes up in the traps. Although not pulling up the traps yourself, this is as close as you can get without actually becoming a lobsterman or lobsterwoman!
- I'm arriving on a cruise ship, are you close to where our tender comes in?
YES!! We are a very short walk (about a block) from where you’ll come ashore. When you walk up from the dock, take a right on West Street, enjoy a short walk, and our ticket booth will be on the right.
- Where can we park?
Although the Harborside Hotel does not provide free parking for boat passengers, there is at times (but not all the time) a paid parking area at the hotel. Otherwise, the town has two 3 hour free parking areas very nearby. They are located on the town pier at the corner of West and Main Streets and behind the Rite-Aid Pharmacy, 34 Cottage Street. And on West Street above Billings Ave (next to the Manor House Inn) the parking on the street is unlimited. There is also a free bus service on Mount Desert Island called the Island Explorer if you prefer to leave your car at your hotel, campground or Hulls Cove Visitor’s Center — see www.exploreacadia.com for stops and schedules (operates from mid-June to Columbus Day).
Be careful to check where you park. Most places on the street in the downtown area are two-hour limits (between 10:00 am and 6:00 pm) and the Town does ticket cars. The cost of the parking ticket is $20. Our cruise is two hours. Please allow extra time if you will need to find parking.
- Is there a bathroom on board?
Although Lulu is equipped with a marine “head” (toilet facilities) for emergencies, our passengers are permitted (and encouraged) to use the restrooms available in the pier area just before and/or after the tour.
- What Safety Equipment does Lulu have onboard?
As a U.S. Coast Guard-certified inspected small passenger vessel and fully insured, Lulu is outfitted with modern safety, navigation and communication equipment that meets or exceeds U.S. Coast Guard regulations.
- Adult and child Personal Flotation Devices (PFDs) for all passengers and crew
- An inflatable buoyant apparatus (IBA)
- Life ring
- Global Positioning System (GPS)
- VHF radios
- Cellular phone
Note: Captains without a U.S. Coast Guard license or vessels not properly equipped cannot be insured or legally operate.
- What is the seating onboard Lulu like?
All passengers are seated on cushioned bench seating throughout the cruise.