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A Gorgeous Week Cruising Coastal Maine - "The Way Life Should Be" PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jennifer Palermo   
Sep 19, 2014 at 03:53 PM

Jennifer's Travel Journal

A Gorgeous Week Cruising Coastal Maine - "The Way Life Should Be"

We were off to the rocky coast of Maine cruising along the coast on American Cruise Lines, a 100 passenger cruise ship, starting in Portland Maine. The week's adventure included Bar Harbor, Acadia National Park, quaint coastal towns, a lobster bake and much more. We enjoyed great lectures & tours, friendly people, delicious food and a nightly cocktail hour!

The weather was quite warm, near 80, for early Sept upon our arrival in Portland Maine. We flew in a day early so we had the day to explore Portland. The Holiday Inn offered a complementary shuttle from the airport to their hotel Portland by the Bay. We were able to store our bags and headed off to explore the historic wharf area...about a 15 min walk. We were just in time for the 11:30 am Portland City Tour Trolley

which included the famous Portland Head Light...On the tour we learned a lot about the history of Portland- home of Longfellow and Edna St Vincent Mallay's  summer home on Ragged Island.

We had front row seats and got great pics of Portland- A Large harbor & petroleum port.

Welcome breezes at Portland Head Light.

Portland Observatory circa 1807.

We had a late lunch at DiMillo's ship floating restaurant

Lobster Roll & cole slaw.

Dinner at the hotel and a shuttle to the docks to board the Independence.

Sunrise

Settled into our room with balcony and 2 chairs.

First day out the seas were rough but we adjusted quite well since we grew up on the water...some passengers stayed in their rooms that night...not sure if they were sea sick or just a little frightened? They missed a great lobster dinner!

Off to Bar Harbor. The Captain decided to head inland up the coast to Bucksport which saved us an additional 4 hrs of rough seas. We would have to take a 45 min shuttle ride to Bar Harbor the next morning.

Last Updated ( Sep 22, 2014 at 05:58 PM )


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