2019 was a turning point for CruiseMaine. After more than a year of laying the groundwork from our new position within the Maine Office of Tourism, we emerged with a new logo and look for the coalition, culminating with the launch of our new website: CruiseMaine.org

We also released the results of our first ever statewide study of cruise ship visitors, which examined the behavior, attitudes and spending of both passengers and crew across Maine’s nine cruise communities during the 2018 season. This research establishes important benchmarks for these data points and will allow us to measure the success of any future marketing or destination development initiatives. (See the full report from research firm DPA here).  

We are pleased to share this inaugural Annual Report for the “new” CruiseMaine, which highlights many of our key research findings and features video profiles of some of the many Mainers who go the extra mile to show our cruise visitors a warm welcome.


Did you know?

The US Coast Guard inspects every cruise ship at least once/quarter, making them the most inspected vessels operating in US waters

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“We had such a great time in Bar Harbor, just walking around & seeing the shops. We would absolutely go back here and spend more time.”


—Cruise Passenger: Regal Princess

Research provided by DPA. For the full report, including details on methodology, click here

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of cruisers rate Maine’s ports as excellent or very good at providing a warm, welcoming atmosphere


​rate Maine’s ports as excellent or very good at providing good service in shops and restaurants


​rate Maine’s ports as excellent or very good in terms of providing natural beauty

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MSC Meraviglia


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In 2018, CruiseMaine partnered with Cruise Lines International Association to showcase 10 Mainers whose vocation or livelihood depends in some way on cruise tourism.