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Cruises to Rockland

Breakwater Lighthouse, Rockland Harbor, Maine (Photo: Warren Price Photography/Shutterstock)
Breakwater Lighthouse, Rockland Harbor, Maine (Photo: Warren Price Photography/Shutterstock)

About Rockland

The rough-around-the-edges harbor on Penobscot Bay lacks the polish of the archetypal seaside Maine village of your imagination. But, take a walk along its historic Main Street and the place will win you over. Well-maintained brick storefronts house antiques shops, galleries and a restored 1923 Vaudeville theater.

Part of Rockland's allure is that you get the feeling people actually live and work here -- and they're not just well-to-do summer people either. At the turn of the 20th century, this was the East Coast's fourth busiest seaport. Healthcare and prison jobs have surpassed maritime pursuits, but for a town of fewer than 10,000 souls, it just might lay claim to a most-museums-per-capita title.

Most notable, are the fabulous Farnsworth Art Museum, and the newer Center for Maine Contemporary Art. If that's not your thing, the Owls Head Transportation Museum invites you to "Wake up and smell the oil," with 150-plus cars, aircraft, motorcycles, bicycles, carriages and more. At the homegrown Sail, Power & Steam Museum, owner Captain Jim Sharp might show you around himself. The Project Puffin Visitor Center welcomes you to step inside a real bird blind. And, the Maine Lighthouse Museum by the harbor claims to have the nation's largest collection of lighthouse artifacts.

--By Jayne Clark, Cruise Critic contributor

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Why go to Rockland?

Pros:

Two excellent museums, plus retail galleries, make this a don't-miss for art aficionados

Cons:

With a steep walkway and weedy park, its harbor doesn't make a great first impression

Bottom Line:

Even if you're not an art lover, Main Street and harbor-front boardwalk are pleasant

Currency & Best Way to Get Money?

Several banks are on Main Street just up from the harbor. There's also an ATM in the Rite Aid drugstore by the harbor.

Language?

English is the official language.


Rockland Cruise Reviews

American Constitution
lynnmarv1
Sail Date: Sep 2018
Extra special lobster roast at the Sail, Power & Steam Museum grounds. Best lobster ever. Didn't get a chance to tour around in Rockland due to the tender schedule, bus to the picnic, etc.... Read More
Sapphire Princess
Travellingfar
Sail Date: Sep 2019
Lovely place, really enjoyed... Read More
Sapphire Princess
Broadhurstbob
Sail Date: Sep 2019
Our tour was hosted by Marilee, and took us to a vineyard and winery, followed by time in Camden. It was a bright sunny day and the fall colours were really starting to show. A very enjoyable way to spend a few... Read More
Norwegian Gem
mfanel
Sail Date: Oct 2017
Rockland really did not offer much so we took a cab to Camden, Maine and that was the best. We ate at the waterfront restaurant and it was delicious. The town had a sweet charm and we were there exploring for hours... Read More
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