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Portland Port of Call

A cruise around the North Atlantic isn't complete without stopping in the New England port of Portland, Maine. Tucked away on a stretch of picture-perfect coastline, Portland was called a 'Jewel by the Sea' by famous local poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. Over 50,000 cruise passengers visit this port annually.

Key attractions include the Wadsworth-Longfellow House, which was built in 1785, as well as the Portland Observatory, where views of Portland and Casco Bay can be enjoyed. There are also countless lighthouses to view, the most notable being the Portland Head Light.

Cruise ships dock at the Portland Ocean Terminal, which is adjacent to Commercial Street, which runs along the length of the waterfront and features restaurants, shops and fishing boats.


Portland Convention & Visitors' Bureau
Tel: +1 207 772 5800

A visitor information booth is located outside the cruise terminal.


Shops, restaurants and attractions are all within easy walking distance of the port. Trolleys (trams) are also available. Hertz car rental has an office at the cruise terminal.


There is no shortage of things to see in Portland. The main attractions include the Portland Head Light, Portland Observatory, the Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad, Victoria Mansion, Maine Historical Society Museum, and a plethora of lighthouses.


Gilbert's Chowder House - fresh local lobster and clam chowder

Standard Baking Company - coffee and fresh baked goods like molasses cookies and sticky buns

555 - upscale restaurant famous for its lobster macaroni cheese

Best Dish

Fresh Maine lobster


Nearby Freeport is a great place to do a spot of shopping, but cruise passengers will find that there are many shops within walking distance of the cruise terminal. Many major chain stores can be found here as well as a lot of of antique and specialist shops. The Arts District is a great place to spend a day shopping. Enjoy the cobblestone streets of the Old Port shopping district on Portland's waterfront, where many bargains can be found.

Best Buy



Visit the lighthouses of Maine

Explore the seaside town of Kennebunkport

See the Portland Head Light

Shop in nearby Freeport

Take a trip to Peaks Island

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