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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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  • 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.

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    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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    Herbs Mom
    Sail Date Jan 2020
    Top Notch small ship! Great Itinerary!!!
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    Sail Date Dec 2019
    Great itinerary and good ship
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  • 164 Night
    Cruise to Bar Harbor

    Leaving:
    Los Angeles
    Visiting:
    Kauai, Honolulu ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Oceania Cruises
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      Los Angeles
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      Hilo
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      Nuku Hiva
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      Tahiti (Papeete)
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    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

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    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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    Overthewaves
    Sail Date Jan 2020
    Pleasant escape from Winter, along Pacific coast of Central & South America
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    stoshb
    Sail Date Dec 2019
    Small ship is the way to go
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  • 9 Night
    Cruise to Bar Harbor

    Leaving:
    Baltimore
    Visiting:
    Boston, Portland ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Royal Caribbean International
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    9 Night Cruise to Bar Harbor 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

    Reviews

    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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    MommaMickey
    Sail Date Feb 2020
    Girlfriends' cruise
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    Kazzierussell
    Sail Date Dec 2019
    ABSOLUTELY MARVELOUS!!!!
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    What’s included in My Cruise Fare?

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    • Port Taxes & Fees
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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

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  • 9 Night
    Cruise to Bar Harbor

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

    Adventure of the Seas - Royal Caribbean International

    Pros

    Newly installed FlowRiders and water slides are sure to please

    Cons

    Less than half of the cabins onboard have balconies

    Bottom Line

    A good choice for Southern Caribbean cruises requiring fewer at sea days

    Reviews

    Adventure of the Seas Reviews

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

    Adventure of the Seas debuted in 2001 as the third in the series of Royal Caribbean's game-chan...

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    gsantori
    Sail Date Feb 2020
    Customer service
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    Iidankmoo
    Sail Date Mar 2020
    All around enjoyment
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    • 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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  • 11 Night
    Cruise to Bar Harbor

    Leaving:
    Bayonne
    Visiting:
    Newport, Boston ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Royal Caribbean International
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    11 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
      Sydney (Nova Scotia)
    • Day 8
      Cruising
    • Day 9
      Cruising
    • Day 10
      Quebec City
    • Day 11
      Quebec City
    • Day 12
      Montreal
    Ship Details

    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

    Reviews

    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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    CapnBob
    Sail Date Mar 2020
    Smallest ship with the biggest heart
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    Sail Date Feb 2020
    Nice smaller ship
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      Room with bed and private bathroom
    • Port Taxes & Fees
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    • Most Onboard Entertainment
    • 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

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  • 6 Night
    Cruise to Bar Harbor

    Leaving:
    Bayonne
    Visiting:
    Bar Harbor, Saint John ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Royal Caribbean International
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