Upon boarding the RL Gott, you'll begin to see why our cruises are different. Captains Kim and Eli Strauss are both longtime residents of Bass Harbor, and know the area and most everyone in it. Kim, Eli's father, started Island Cruises over twenty years ago out of love and respect for the natural beauty and rich history of the harbor precious to him since childhood. Eli continued the tradition after years in the Navy and Merchant Marines, when he and his young family settled and decided to continue the family business in the place they grew up. Many of our returning long-time customers are overjoyed to find that the apple didn't fall far from the tree when it comes to Island Cruises!
The R.L. Gott, named after the man who taught Captain Kim to run a boat, is a 40-foot “Lobster” style vessel, with a “Downeast” hull. She was built about ten years ago specifically for Island Cruises, and has never seen commercial fishing or any other duty. Made for comfort, her seating accommodates only 49 passengers, a modest crew for a relaxed, friendly atmosphere. Her size is also ideal for steering in close to wildlife and other points of interest, a feature missing in larger tour boats. Covered and outdoor seating are both available, with unrestricted views from anywhere on the boat. Best of all, in over twenty years of operation, we have never had a single passenger suffer from sea-sickness - much to their delight!