With the guidance of its four state partners, the CruiseMaine Coalition is dedicated to the promotion, education and support of Maine communities seeking sustainable cruise ship tourism, infrastructure investment, and economic and destination development.
As any resident or visitor can tell you, the coast of Maine is one of the most stunning places of natural beauty in the world. For generations, Maine has welcomed visitors arriving by sea so they can witness this stunning coastline while also gaining access to some of our most remote and charming seaside villages. Beauty is not the only reason to visit, however. The hearty, generous and authentic character of Mainers—new and old—is part of the magic that has made Maine into a favorite destination for millions each year.
CruiseMaine, part of the Maine Office of Tourism, is proud to build on this legacy as the state’s primary initiative to extend a warm welcome to cruise ship passengers and crew while also supporting our cruise communities as they seek to be economically, socially and environmentally sustainable cruise destinations.
Our coalition is built on a sense of partnership—between several state agencies, municipal leaders, Chambers of Commerce and individual businesses working in the thriving tourism sector of our economy. Crucially, we also partner with the cruise lines calling on our ports, to ensure their guests leave happy and our seaside villages and cities are strengthened by the economic impact while remaining a wonderful place to live and work.
Sarah Flink joined the CruiseMaine coalition in 2017 and has been serving as Executive Director since spring of 2018. Since coming to CruiseMaine, she has overseen an overhaul of the mission, branding and website, and helped facilitate a statewide Cruise Visitor Survey. Along with spearheading the marketing and sales efforts, Sarah continues to emphasize community engagement and partnership to expand economic benefit to the state of Maine while also addressing the challenges that come with any type of industry.
Prior to joining CruiseMaine, Sarah had extensive experience in the hospitality industry as a manager at some of the most well-known restaurants in New York City, including Blue Hill, Little Park and Lafayette. Her experience also includes work with a strategic communications firm, a tech startup and as a philosophy professor. Throughout her career, Sarah has focused on relationship building, project management and process improvement.
Originally from rural Minnesota, Sarah lives in Portland and spends as much time as she can sailing along the Maine Coast.
Alix is CruiseMaine’s Program Coordinator who interacts with port members, state partners, and key stakeholders on a daily basis to keep them up to date on all things administrative. Alix has supported CruiseMaine since her internship through the Muskie School of Public Service in the Summer of 2018, with various research projects, content creation, and coalition planning efforts.
Alix holds a Bachelor's degree in Political Science from the University of Maine, Orono and a Master's in Public Policy, Planning & Management from the University of Southern Maine.
CruiseMaine offers many benefits to its port members, and industry members throughout the year. Rather than an extension of the cruise lines, CruiseMaine acts as a resource for the local community and businesses to help maximize economic benefits of cruise tourism, and promote infrastructure investments. CruiseMaine has two types of dues paying memberships, Port Members, and Affiliate Members which are local businesses, and industry stakeholders involved in cruise tourism.
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Liaison to state resources in MOT, DECD, DOT and MPA
- Assistance with shore excursion development
Professionally produced collateral
Digital marketing presence
Opportunity to grow one’s network
Bi-annual meetings plus regional workshops
CruiseMaine representation at trade shows, the Symposium, and sales calls
Reduced price to register for Seatrade and Symposium events
Guidance on operations