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Eastport Welcomes First Cruise Ship
AUGUSTA – The City of Eastport today welcomed its first ever cruise ship, a visit from Blount Small Ship Adventure Line. The cruise ship’s visit marks the first of five scheduled to stop in Eastport through the fall.
Currently, Maine’s cruise ship industry has an economic impact of approximately $35 million. That figure will likely rise now that Eastport is on the itinerary.
America’s easternmost city is thrilled to welcome passengers. “It’s sure to provide a big boost to the local economy,” said Winnie Higgins of Wadsworth & Sons chandlery, hardware and gift shop. “This is our chance to showcase what Downeast, particularly Eastport has to offer,” said Linda Godfrey, owner of The Commons Eastport.
The community had trained local volunteer "Ambassadors" lined up to greet the dozens of passengers and crew as they stepped off the ship. Many local businesses are offering special tours, discounts and presentations. Passengers can also enjoy off-shore excursions such as a walk along the rocky beaches or a hike at Shackford Head State Park.
“This is a very exciting time for Eastport and their neighbors in Passamaquoddy Bay, who have worked diligently with CruiseMaineUSA preparing to welcome cruise ships. It is a true testament to how ports can work collaboratively to market their attractions to make it happen,” said Maine Office of Tourism Director, Carolann Ouellette.
Recently, CruiseMaineUSA added Campobello Island and Saint Andrews, New Brunswick into the coalition, each with unique marketable identities and attractions, which made the entire region a desirable destination for cruise ships.
Two more cruises arrive August 15th and August 26th; and two other maiden voyages will arrive in Eastport in September and October.
“Eastport leaders have had the opportunity to build their knowledge of the cruise industry and learn to leverage the port's assets,” said Director of CruiseMaineUSA, Amy Powers.