Bar Harbor Approves Megaship Visits

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A Royal Caribbean vessel arriving in Maine. Photo/Royal Caribbean

Officials in Bar Harbor, Maine recently approved four visits in 2018 by cruise ships that carry more passengers than the town regularly allows in summer months, according to an article on

Councilors in Bar Harbor voted 6-1 to approve the plan to exceed the daily passenger cap, which in July and August is 3,500 passengers, on the specific trial dates “to ascertain if this exceedance will make a material difference.”

The town’s Cruise Ship Committee voted 9-1 in December 2016 to recommend the council accept reservations from Freedom of the Seas and Anthem of the Seas, which carry up to 4,328 and 4,180 passengers, respectively, on four dates in July and August of 2018.

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