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Eastport, Maine Welcomes First Small Cruise Ship



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The Grand Caribe

photo: Blount Small Ship Adventures

It may not have been a superliner but Eastport, Maine welcomed their first cruise ship today – The Grand Caribe, a 96-passenger small ship. The cruise ship is owned and operated by Blount Small Ship Adventures out of Boston, their motto, “going where the big ships cannot.”

Ambassadors met the ship as it tied up this morning welcoming passengers and offering them suggestions.

While to the south Bar Harbor gets around 100 cruise ships per year, Eastport welcomes five calls this year, three from The Grand Caribe.

Natalie Brown, an employee of the port authority told the Bangor Daily News, “We have a cruise ship committee that has been working for some years to make this happen. For this first visit we are only charging the boat owners a minimal docking fee, as this is more about promoting the community. We expect that those who come ashore will be spending money in downtown’s shops and restaurants.”

Prices for this 10-day Bay of Fundy cruise start at $2,999.

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