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Portland Maine Cruise Port Tips

Portland Head Light. Credit: Pixabay Creative Commons license
Portland Head Light. Credit: Pixabay Creative Commons license
Portland Maine is the land of lobsters and lighthouses for any cruise visitors who want a true New England experience.

The largest city in the state of Maine with a population of 67,000 people is packed with things to see and do.

Large cruise ships dock either at the Portland Ocean Terminal, which also is known as the Maine State Pier, or the Ocean Gateway Terminal. Both of them are right by the historic Old Port.

Attractions and Shore Excursions

Cruise passengers can start their visit with a tour of Old Port. This revitalized warehouse district is packed with 19th century buildings as well as bars, shops and restaurants.

Cruise visitors may find that taking a general tour is a good option for seeing everything that Portland and the surrounding area have to offer. The city, founded in 1632, has a variety of historical sights such as Old Port, Victorian mansions, the picturesque Portland Head Light (the oldest lighthouse in Maine, built in 1791) and the seaside town of Kennebunkport. The cost of the regional tour is usually between $50 and $100 per person.

Another shore excursion is a bike trip on a popular coastal promenade. It goes to the state park on Mackworth Island. From there, visitors can hike a loop trail.

Portland’s arts district, a one-mile walk from the docks and just beyond Old Port, is home to the Portland Museum of Art, Portland Symphony Orchestra, Children’s Museum of Portland, Portland Stage Company and a variety of shops and galleries.


Temperatures are comfortable to slightly cool during the peak cruise months of September and October. The average high temperature is about 70 degrees Fahrenheit in September. The average high takes quite a dip to 59 degrees Fahrenheit in October.

October visitors who prefer a little more warmth may want to visit in early October rather than later in the month.

Rainfall also picks up a bit between September and October. In September, the average rainfall for the month is about 3.6 inches. In October, the average is about five inches. It rains on average about one out of every three days during the month.
Scott S. Bateman is a professional journalist who has traveled widely throughout the Caribbean and the Americas.

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February 08, 2019

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