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About Portland (Maine)

Portland, Maine, is all about lobster. It's hard to imagine this crustacean was once deemed poor man's food, but it's true -- lobsters would wash up on Portland's shores after a storm and be used primarily as fertilizer and bait. But with the advent of land transportation, lobsters were brought inland by the mid-1800's, and as the demand for lobsters increased so did the price. Today, the city boasts numerous restaurants -- all of which feature lobster (in some form) on their menus.

But Portland has more to offer than a bunch of crustaceans. The coastal New England port boasts a vibrant working waterfront, an abundance of Victorian-era architecture and numerous historic lighthouses. Nestled on a picturesque seascape, the city is perched on a peninsula jutting out into the island-studded Casco Bay, protected from the Atlantic Ocean. The romantic movie "Message in a Bottle" was filmed in this seaside town and even the famous Portland-born poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow called Portland a "Jewel by the Sea" in one of his poems. The city welcomes close to 50,000 cruise ship passengers annually.

The historic port was once a major shipbuilding center, as well as one of the busiest fishing ports on the Atlantic as far back as the 18th century. Its success as a port made it a prime target for the British during the War of 1812 and also for the Confederates during the Civil War. The coastline and islands are still dotted with forts that were built to protect the city. Ironically, during an Independence Day celebration in 1866, a firecracker ignited a fire that quickly spread across the city's east end, destroying 1,800 buildings.

The city quickly rebuilt, resulting in lovely Victorian-era architecture, and today the Old Port (sometimes referred to as the Old Port Exchange) is a bustling seaport with a high concentration of quality eating and drinking establishments. With less than 67,000 residents, Portland is compact enough for visitors to explore the town thoroughly -- tourists can stroll along the working waterfront of Commercial Street, walk the cobblestone streets of the restored Old Port district, or visit a historic building or two.

What will you remember most from a visit to Portland? Will it be the lobster traps piled on the wharf, the smell of sea air combined with the chatter of seagulls or a visit to a historic attraction? If you're like the majority of visitors, a succulent lobster lunch may be your most savory memory of this New England port.


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  • 12 Night
    Cruise to Portland (Maine)

    Leaving:
    Boston
    Visiting:
    Portland, Bar Harbor ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Celebrity Cruises
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    12 Night Cruise to Portland (Maine) Route (Celebrity Cruises)
    • Day 1
      Boston
    • Day 2
      Portland (Maine)
    • Day 3
      Bar Harbor
    • Day 4
      Cruising
    • Day 5
      Cruising
    • Day 6
      Quebec City
    • Day 7
      Quebec City
    • Day 8
      Cruising
    • Day 9
      Charlottetown (Prince Edward Island)
    • Day 10
      Sydney (Nova Scotia)
    • Day 11
      Halifax
    • Day 12
      Cruising
    • Day 13
      Boston
    Ship Details

    Celebrity Summit - Celebrity Cruises

    Pros

    Smaller size means consistent service; heavy emphasis on food and wine, with good results.

    Cons

    Nighttime entertainment is hit or miss, with some live music shows more snooze fest than snappy.

    Bottom Line

    The ship presents some of the best features of Celebrity, without being too overwhelming.

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    Celebrity Summit Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.0/5
    Cabins5.0
    Dining4.0
    Service4.5
    Value4.0

    Immediately upon stepping foot onboard Celebrity Summit, one gets a sense of the ship's elegant...

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    Mushinatsea
    Sail Date Jan 2020
    An amazing itinerary on a beautifully refurbished ship
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    RWilbourn
    Sail Date Dec 2019
    Expectations Beater
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  • 7 Night
    Cruise to Portland (Maine)

    Leaving:
    New York
    Visiting:
    Halifax, Saint John ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Norwegian Cruise Line
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    7 Night Cruise to Portland (Maine) Route (Norwegian Cruise Line)
    • Day 1
      New York (Manhattan)
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Halifax
    • Day 4
      Saint John (New Brunswick)
    • Day 5
      Bar Harbor
    • Day 6
      Portland (Maine)
    • Day 7
      Newport
    • Day 8
      New York (Manhattan)
    Ship Details

    Norwegian Pearl - Norwegian Cruise Line

    Pros

    Plenty of dining, nightlife and family options to easily accommodate short sailings

    Cons

    Unless you're onboard for a theme charter, evening entertainment might feel a bit dated

    Bottom Line

    Whether you're just taking a long weekend or sailing with superstars, Norwegian Pearl is a cheerful ship to call home

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    Norwegian Pearl Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.0/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining3.0
    Service4.0
    Value4.0

    Norwegian Pearl is a fantastically fun ship from its imaginative decor (blown-up photos of wild...

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    rebekahmtaylor
    Sail Date Jan 2020
    Classy Ship, Had Lots of Fun!
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    The Ridge
    Sail Date Jan 2020
    Great smaller ship with a nice atmosphere
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    • Shore Excursions
    • Wi-Fi
    • Spa Services
    • Select Dining
      Main dining room and/or buffet
    • Specialty Alternative Dining
    • Room Service
    • Butler Service
    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
    • Soft Drinks
      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
      Beer, wine, and spirits
    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
      Including smoothies and blended drinks
    • Specialty Fitness Classes

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  • 12 Night
    Cruise to Portland (Maine)

    Leaving:
    Boston
    Visiting:
    Halifax, Sydney ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Celebrity Cruises
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    12 Night Cruise to Portland (Maine) Route (Celebrity Cruises)
    • Day 1
      Boston
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Halifax
    • Day 4
      Sydney (Nova Scotia)
    • Day 5
      Cruising
    • Day 6
      Quebec City
    • Day 7
      Quebec City
    • Day 8
      Cruising
    • Day 9
      Charlottetown (Prince Edward Island)
    • Day 10
      Cruising
    • Day 11
      Saint John (New Brunswick)
    • Day 12
      Portland (Maine)
    • Day 13
      Boston
    Ship Details

    Celebrity Summit - Celebrity Cruises

    Pros

    Smaller size means consistent service; heavy emphasis on food and wine, with good results.

    Cons

    Nighttime entertainment is hit or miss, with some live music shows more snooze fest than snappy.

    Bottom Line

    The ship presents some of the best features of Celebrity, without being too overwhelming.

    Reviews

    Celebrity Summit Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.0/5
    Cabins5.0
    Dining4.0
    Service4.5
    Value4.0

    Immediately upon stepping foot onboard Celebrity Summit, one gets a sense of the ship's elegant...

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    jean87510
    Sail Date Jan 2020
    First time on the summit since the redo - very impressed!!
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    Sail Date Jan 2020
    A little disappointed.
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    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
    • Soft Drinks
      Soda and Juice
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    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
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    • Specialty Fitness Classes

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  • 9 Night
    Cruise to Portland (Maine)

    Leaving:
    Baltimore
    Visiting:
    Boston, Portland ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Royal Caribbean International
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    9 Night Cruise to Portland (Maine) Route (Royal Caribbean International)
    • Day 1
      Baltimore
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Boston
    • Day 4
      Portland (Maine)
    • Day 5
      Bar Harbor
    • Day 6
      Saint John (New Brunswick)
    • Day 7
      Halifax
    • Day 8
      Cruising
    • Day 9
      Cruising
    • Day 10
      Baltimore
    Ship Details

    Grandeur of the Seas - Royal Caribbean International

    Pros

    Smaller size, veteran crew and repeat clientele give the ship a homey feel

    Cons

    Cabins feel old; ship lacks line's newest bells and whistles

    Bottom Line

    Affordable ship in Baltimore draws families, seniors and everyone in between

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    Grandeur of the Seas Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.0/5
    Cabins3.5
    Dining3.5
    Service4.0
    Value4.5

    Can a cruise ship ever feel like home? For the many passengers who return multiple times to Bal...

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    Shopdelilah
    Sail Date Jan 2020
    Not Impressed
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    skiwithapro1234
    Sail Date Jan 2020
    We kept trying, but now we are done with the Grandeur of the Seas
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    • Spa Services
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    • Specialty Alternative Dining
    • Room Service
    • Butler Service
    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
    • Soft Drinks
      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
      Beer, wine, and spirits
    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
      Including smoothies and blended drinks
    • Specialty Fitness Classes

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  • 5 Night
    Cruise to Portland (Maine)

    Leaving:
    New York
    Visiting:
    Saint John, Portland ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Norwegian Cruise Line
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    5 Night Cruise to Portland (Maine) Route (Norwegian Cruise Line)
    • Day 1
      New York (Manhattan)
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Saint John (New Brunswick)
    • Day 4
      Portland (Maine)
    • Day 5
      Cruising
    • Day 6
      New York (Manhattan)
    Ship Details

    Norwegian Breakaway - Norwegian Cruise Line

    Pros

    Exceptional variety of restaurants and entertainment

    Cons

    Shore excursions and destination enrichment lacking local flavor

    Bottom Line

    Great, fun, easy-going vibe onboard for all ages

    Reviews

    Norwegian Breakaway Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.5/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining5.0
    Service4.0
    Value4.0

    Norwegian Cruise Line long has been a pioneer in creating a contemporary cruising experience, m...

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    ldowney1089
    Sail Date Feb 2020
    Great Time! Don't worry about bad reviews.
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    3boys&alady
    Sail Date Feb 2020
    Bad Customer Service
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    What’s included in My Cruise Fare?

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    • Shore Excursions
    • Wi-Fi
    • Spa Services
    • Select Dining
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    • Specialty Alternative Dining
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    • Butler Service
    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
    • Soft Drinks
      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
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    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
      Including smoothies and blended drinks
    • Specialty Fitness Classes

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  • 12 Night
    Cruise to Portland (Maine)

    Leaving:
    Boston
    Visiting:
    Saint John, Halifax ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Celebrity Cruises
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    12 Night Cruise to Portland (Maine) Route (Celebrity Cruises)
    • Day 1
      Boston
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Saint John (New Brunswick)
    • Day 4
      Halifax
    • Day 5
      Sydney (Nova Scotia)
    • Day 6
      Cruising
    • Day 7
      Quebec City
    • Day 8
      Quebec City
    • Day 9
      Cruising
    • Day 10
      Charlottetown (Prince Edward Island)
    • Day 11
      Cruising
    • Day 12
      Portland (Maine)
    • Day 13
      Boston
    Ship Details

    Celebrity Summit - Celebrity Cruises

    Pros

    Smaller size means consistent service; heavy emphasis on food and wine, with good results.

    Cons

    Nighttime entertainment is hit or miss, with some live music shows more snooze fest than snappy.

    Bottom Line

    The ship presents some of the best features of Celebrity, without being too overwhelming.

    Reviews

    Celebrity Summit Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.0/5
    Cabins5.0
    Dining4.0
    Service4.5
    Value4.0

    Immediately upon stepping foot onboard Celebrity Summit, one gets a sense of the ship's elegant...

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    bfa5y
    Sail Date Feb 2020
    celebrity summit southern carribean get away
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    Sail Date Feb 2020
    Royal Caribbean Cruiser Tries Celebrity
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    • Wi-Fi
    • Spa Services
    • Select Dining
      Main dining room and/or buffet
    • Specialty Alternative Dining
    • Room Service
    • Butler Service
    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
    • Soft Drinks
      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
      Beer, wine, and spirits
    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
      Including smoothies and blended drinks
    • Specialty Fitness Classes

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  • 7 Night
    Cruise to Portland (Maine)

    Leaving:
    Quebec City
    Visiting:
    Charlottetown, Sydney ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Norwegian Cruise Line
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    7 Night Cruise to Portland (Maine) Route (Norwegian Cruise Line)
    • Day 1
      Quebec City
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Charlottetown (Prince Edward Island)
    • Day 4
      Sydney (Nova Scotia)
    • Day 5
      Halifax
    • Day 6
      Bar Harbor
    • Day 7
      Portland (Maine)
    • Day 8
      Boston
    Ship Details

    Norwegian Gem - Norwegian Cruise Line

    Wide variety of dining and entertainment options are crowd-pleasers

    Not enough indoor spaces for peace and quiet

    Appealing to cruisers of all kinds, Norwegian Gem offers something for everyone

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    Norwegian Gem Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.0/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining4.0
    Service5.0
    Value5.0

    While not one of Norwegian Cruise Line's newest or largest vessels, Norwegian Gem nonetheless has ...

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