Portland celebrates record-breaking cruise ship season

PORTLAND Maine — Portland’s cruise ship season went out on a high note this past weekend, as the city exceeded 100,000 passengers in a season for the first time in its history, MaineBiz reports.

The Italian cruise ship AIDAmar brought in passenger No. 100,000, which represents a 6% passenger increase for the city compared to last year.

But the good news for Portland’s cruise ship season didn’t end there, as the city broke four other cruise-related records this season by hosting the most maiden voyages at nine; increasing its crew number by 10%; and welcoming the largest cruise ship ever, The Anthem of the Seas, which brought in 4,974 passengers and 1,480 crew members.

“According to a study done in 2015 that was based on 55,000 passengers, we had an economic impact of $5.8 million,” Bob Leeman, Cruise Portland’s marketing manager, said in a release. “Based on those numbers this year’s impact would be close to $11 million in economic impact. As we look toward a 17% increase in cruise ship activity next year, and an even larger increase in 2018, we can see how the investments into the port have been successful.”

Coastal Living named Portland as a top 10 Happiest Seaside Town in America for 2016.

READ MORE at MaineBiz.  Photo courtesy of Beyondships.com.

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