Step off your cruise ship onto the charming shores of Portland, Maine. As you disembark, a coastal haven unfolds before you. Back coves and cobblestones set the scene while lobster boats, windjammers, and ferries cut through picturesque waters.
The Portland region has claimed prestigious titles for its culinary delights, arts + entertainment, and vibrant attractions. In recent years, it was dubbed “Restaurant City of the Year” by Bon Appétit and was just featured in Fodor Travel’s 2023 list of “25 Must-See Bucket List Places to Visit in the U.S.”
Here the streets are abuzz with local artisans on Commercial Street and in downtown boutiques—providing a glimpse of Maine culture. Historic homes, museums, and mansions stand out as a testament to the city’s rich past while abutting the modern marvels of architecture that have been welcomed into the cityscape.
Find fresh lobster dinners and lobster rolls along our bustling Working Waterfront and any other seafood your imagination can conjure—oysters, mussels, scallops, or a whole seafood tower. But, no worries if seafood isn’t your thing, you can satisfy any craving from gastropubs to fine-dining downtown in the Old Port (and beyond).
Dine alongside the current and sea breezes as you watch the boats come in and out of the harbor. Microbreweries, wineries, local spirits, and crafty cocktails/mocktails beckon with their artisan delights and can be found all throughout the region.
Visit one of the iconic lighthouses dotting the landscape in South Portland and Cape Elizabeth. Like Portland Head Light, the oldest lighthouse in Maine. Just a ten minute trip from downtown Portland. Catch a lighthouse or city tour by bus, bike, boat, or by walking tour with a trusted local who can tell you all about the region’s hidden gems and history.
Or dive even deeper and explore our charming area towns, each brimming with its own unique character and allure. Discover hidden treasures, indulge in local flavors, and immerse yourself in the rich tapestry of Maine’s coastal life all just minutes from Portland. Whether you’re seeking natural beauty, cultural experiences, or culinary delights—our region promises a remarkable journey.
Portland is not just a port of call; it’s a cruise ship passenger’s dream—a place where maritime charm and contemporary vibrancy merge into an unforgettable experience.Want more inspiration on all things Greater Portland? Visit our website to start planning your Portland, Maine vacation today.