Maine serves as a gateway and port of call along the way to Canada, the Bahamas, New England, the Panama Canal, the Pacific Northwest, and the Caribbean for various ocean-going cruise ships. The Port of Portland also serves as a port of embarkation and disembarkation for river cruises. From provisioning ships to scenic tours or Acadia National Park to purchasing the unique products, foods and services of the Maine people, the cruise industry including guests and crew, spend around $48M per year in Maine. These dollars represent a real impact on Maine businesses and the people who run them.
These are just a few of their stories: