Tagged: Portland (Maine)

Portland’s cruise ship schedule blown off course by nor’easter

Cruise ships are either changing course to avoid the Maine coast or heading to Portland to seek shelter from a powerful nor’easter that was forecast to arrive Wednesday night. The storm will impact thousands of passengers and crew members, according to figures provided by the city of Portland. (pressherald.com)

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Three cruise ships in Portland kick off fall tourism season

Monday marked the start of fall in Maine, despite the warm temperatures. Tourism experts say fall is the season with the highest traffic of tourists. “The fall period, for the number of ships coming in here, really is a nice little bump for the restaurants during the weekdays especially,” Greg Gordon of Destinations North America said. Gordon helps coordinate the interactions between local businesses and the cruise lines to plan activities and transportation. (wgme.com)

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Portland, Maine, kicks off a cruise season that will bring bigger ships, more passengers

Portland welcomed the first major cruise ship of the 2019 season Thursday. The Norwegian Dawn brought 2,224 passengers and 1,000 crew members into port. Two other large ships expected this month – Grandeur of the Seas on Sunday and the Norwegian Dawn again on May 23 – are among the 100 cruise ships expected to call on Portland this season. (pressherald.com)

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Portland (ME) man has plan to convert cruise ship into homeless shelter

A Portland man wants the city to seriously consider his idea for converting a cruise ship into a floating shelter for homeless people. Kenneth A. Capron, founding director of the nonprofit MemoryWorks, has invited potential stakeholders to a meeting on Tuesday afternoon at Portland City Hall to discuss his vision for acquiring a used cruise ship that could serve as a homeless shelter, as well as affordable housing and immigrant housing. (pressherald.com)

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Celebrity Summit arrives in Portland with 4 passengers needing medical help

Emergency responders were called to the Portland waterfront Monday morning for what was initially reported as a mass casualty incident aboard a cruise ship. It turned out that four people with unrelated injuries and medical conditions arrived aboard the Celebrity Summit in need of medical attention, according to Toni Doucette, a facilities security officer for the Port of Portland. (pressherald.com)

Incentive Structure Helps Drive Cruise Calls to Portland, Maine

“All our fees are covered by the head tax ($10), for all ships with 1,000 or more passengers. We don’t charge for security or berthing, all of that is included. The ship itself is not paying anything,” said Bob Leeman, marketing manager for Cruise Portland (Maine). In addition are further incentives for ships calling earlier in the season, he explained. (cruiseindustrynews.com)

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