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About Bar Harbor

Acadia National Park -- one of the smallest National Parks in the country -- is the biggest draw in Bar Harbor, Maine. The 41,000-acre park is also one of the most heavily visited, drawing more than two million travelers per year.

The park offers stunning mountain, sea and lake vistas and craggy cliffs that plunge to the surf, as well as an estimated 125 miles of trails for hiking and biking. Additional highlights include the 1,532-foot-high Cadillac Mountain and the Thunder Hole waterspout. Beyond the park, Bar Harbor (or as locals say: "Bah Hahbuh") has the charm of a quaint New England fishing village with all the attractions of a major port, and its touristy downtown area is hard to resist. Watch the lobstermen work, browse the souvenir shops, explore a museum and, of course, enjoy a Maine lobster bake.

The town is nestled on the eastern side of Mount Desert Island, sheltered from the Atlantic Ocean by Frenchman Bay and surrounded on three sides by the mountains of Acadia National Park. Bar Harbor welcomes more than 100 ships annually, with close to 175,000 passengers going ashore. The cruise season spans from May well into October, when the fall foliage is at its brilliant peak.

Long before Bar Harbor was a popular port on Canada/New England cruise itineraries, it enjoyed a reputation as a playground for the rich and famous. In the late 1800s, frequent visitors -- such as the Rockefellers, Carnegies, Vanderbilts and Fords -- grew tired of hotel living and built summer "cottages" (in reality, opulent estates). Many also bought and donated additional land on the island to protect it from development, leading to the creation of Acadia National Park. In 1947, a fire burned nearly half of the eastern side of Mount Desert Island and destroyed many posh estates, permanent homes and more than 10,000 acres of Acadia National Park. The surviving homes have been converted to inns, guesthouses and B&Bs. Today, Bar Harbor has a population of approximately 5,000 Downeasters (a term that refers to residents of coastal Maine who live north of Penobscot Bay). That number swells drastically in the summer, as the town continues its centuries-old tradition of attracting vacationers to its charming shores.


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  • 11 Night
    Cruise to Bar Harbor

    Leaving:
    Fort Lauderdale
    Visiting:
    Port Canaveral, Boston ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Holland America Line
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    11 Night Cruise to Bar Harbor Route (Holland America Line)
    • Day 1
      Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
    • Day 2
      Port Canaveral (Orlando)
    • Day 3
      Cruising
    • Day 4
      Cruising
    • Day 5
      Boston
    • Day 6
      Bar Harbor
    • Day 7
      Halifax
    • Day 8
      Sydney (Nova Scotia)
    • Day 9
      Charlottetown (Prince Edward Island)
    • Day 10
      Cruising
    • Day 11
      Quebec City
    • Day 12
      Montreal
    Ship Details

    Zaandam - Holland America Line

    Pros

    Easy-to-navigate ship with a spacious feel and grown-up vibe.

    Cons

    Few balconies, little variety in cabin categories, mediocre evening entertainment.

    Bottom Line

    Perfect-sized ship for port-intensive itineraries.

    Reviews
    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.0/5
    Cabins4.5
    Dining4.0
    Service4.0
    Value4.0

    Zaandam is a classy ship that proves you don't need gadgets and gimmicks to have a good time. It's...

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    AKJonesy
    Sail Date Dec 2019
    Great itinerary and good ship
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    EZ Wash
    Sail Date Dec 2019
    Amazing Sights, not So Amazing Banging Noise
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  • 12 Night
    Cruise to Bar Harbor

    Leaving:
    Boston
    Visiting:
    Portland, Bar Harbor ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Celebrity Cruises
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    12 Night Cruise to Bar Harbor 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
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    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
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    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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    jshape
    Sail Date Jan 2020
    Fantastic Ship/Great Cruise
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    Sail Date Jan 2020
    First time on the summit since the redo - very impressed!!
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    • Butler Service
    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
    • Soft Drinks
      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
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  • 13 Night
    Cruise to Bar Harbor

    Leaving:
    Fort Lauderdale
    Visiting:
    Norfolk, New York ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Princess Cruises
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    13 Night Cruise to Bar Harbor Route (Princess Cruises)
    • Day 1
      Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Norfolk
    • Day 4
      Cruising
    • Day 5
      New York (Manhattan)
    • Day 6
      Newport
    • Day 7
      Boston
    • Day 8
      Bar Harbor
    • Day 9
      Saint John (New Brunswick)
    • Day 10
      Halifax
    • Day 11
      Sydney (Nova Scotia)
    • Day 12
      Cruising
    • Day 13
      Quebec City
    • Day 14
      Quebec City
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    Caribbean Princess - Princess Cruises

    Pros

    Varied selection of dining venues, daytime activities and evening entertainment

    Cons

    Not a lot of active pursuits available onboard

    Bottom Line

    Port-intensive itineraries and regionally themed activities offer an immersive experience

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    Caribbean Princess Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
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    4.0/5
    Cabins3.5
    Dining4.0
    Service4.0
    Value4.0

    Caribbean Princess maintains a laid-back ambiance, allowing for laugh-out-loud fun that's never...

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    CCEB
    Sail Date Jan 2020
    Panama Canal
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    Sail Date Jan 2020
    Panama Canal, partial transit
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    • Basic Drinks
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    • Soft Drinks
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    • Specialty Fitness Classes

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  • 10 Night
    Cruise to Bar Harbor

    Leaving:
    New York
    Visiting:
    Newport, Boston ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Oceania Cruises
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    10 Night Cruise to Bar Harbor Route (Oceania Cruises)
    • Day 1
      New York (Manhattan)
    • Day 2
      Newport
    • Day 3
      Boston
    • Day 4
      Bar Harbor
    • Day 5
      Saint John (New Brunswick)
    • Day 6
      Halifax
    • Day 7
      Sydney (Nova Scotia)
    • Day 8
      Cruising
    • Day 9
      Saguenay Fjord
    • Day 10
      Quebec City
    • Day 11
      Montreal
    Ship Details

    Insignia - Oceania Cruises

    Pros

    ** Excellent food and attentive service accompany an intimate and mature atmosphere onboard

    Cons

    ** Activities are few, which can prove either relaxing or slightly dull

    Bottom Line

    ** Insignia is a small, quiet and comfortable ship oriented toward adults

    Reviews

    Insignia Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.5/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining5.0
    Service5.0
    Value4.0

    On Oceania's Insignia, size matters. At 684 passengers, the ship is large enough to have most of t...

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    stoshb
    Sail Date Dec 2019
    Small ship is the way to go
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    BrocktonCruiser
    Sail Date Dec 2019
    Great Small Ship Experience - Happy Holidays
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    • Spa Services
    • Select Dining
      Main dining room and/or buffet
    • Specialty Alternative Dining
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    • 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 Bar Harbor

    Leaving:
    Bayonne
    Visiting:
    Newport, Boston ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Royal Caribbean International
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    7 Night Cruise to Bar Harbor Route (Royal Caribbean International)
    • Day 1
      Bayonne (Cape Liberty)
    • Day 2
      Newport
    • Day 3
      Boston
    • Day 4
      Bar Harbor
    • Day 5
      Saint John (New Brunswick)
    • Day 6
      Halifax
    • Day 7
      Cruising
    • Day 8
      Bayonne (Cape Liberty)
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    Empress of the Seas - Royal Caribbean International

    Pros

    Small, uncrowded ship with plenty of window-lined seating and personalized service

    Cons

    Ship's age is evident in plumbing issues; lack of activities for teens might be a problem

    Bottom Line

    Empress has charm and offers a well-rounded cruise experience at a bargain price

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    Empress of the Seas Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    3.0/5
    Cabins3.0
    Dining3.0
    Service4.5
    Value4.0

    The 2016 return of the 1,602-passenger Empress of the Seas to the Royal Caribbean fleet marked ...

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    ClarkMD
    Sail Date Jan 2020
    Good Price, Great Service, Mediocre Ship
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    Sail Date Jan 2020
    Smallest ship with the Biggest Heart
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    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
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      Including smoothies and blended drinks
    • Specialty Fitness Classes

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  • 7 Night
    Cruise to Bar Harbor

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

    Zaandam - Holland America Line

    Pros

    Easy-to-navigate ship with a spacious feel and grown-up vibe.

    Cons

    Few balconies, little variety in cabin categories, mediocre evening entertainment.

    Bottom Line

    Perfect-sized ship for port-intensive itineraries.

    Reviews
    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.0/5
    Cabins4.5
    Dining4.0
    Service4.0
    Value4.0

    Zaandam is a classy ship that proves you don't need gadgets and gimmicks to have a good time. It's...

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    pathumphrys
    Sail Date Nov 2019
    Welcome On Board, Now Pay More
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    Sail Date Jan 2020
    Almost a Perfect Journey
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    • Kids Club
    • 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

    ** inclusions in your cruise fare are based on Cruise Critic’s editorial expertise and not provided by the individual cruise lines. When you book with one of our cruise partners, please be sure to check their site for a full disclosure of all applicable fees. Cruise Critic does not guarantee any specific rates, prices, or amenities included in the fare. Inclusion items in the fare may change at any time and fees may apply for additional items.

  • 15 Night
    Cruise to Bar Harbor

    Leaving:
    Montreal
    Visiting:
    Quebec City, Saguenay Fjord ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Oceania Cruises
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