Bar Harbor Considers New Cruise Ship Terminal

Cruise Ships Boost Portland Economy
A Royal Caribbean vessel arriving in Maine. Photo/Royal Caribbean

Working Waterfront: People in Bar Harbor [Maine] are in the grip of a fundamental tension.

The downtown and waterfront are swarmed by visitors arriving by land and cruise ship every year. Crowds spill into Acadia National Park, where visitation was up 17% year-to-date by the end of August, making for the third record-setter in a row, and putting the park on track for exceeding 3 million visitors in 2016.

It’s great for business. But a proposal to add a second cruise ship facility, at an old ferry terminal just outside downtown, make some wonder if that would mean more visitors—and how many more can the town take?

Read more about the second cruise ship terminal being considered in Bar Harbor.