Maine Cruises

Maine is one of America’s most underrated states, with a craggy coastline, national parks seemingly around every corner and jaw-dropping views almost everywhere you turn.

 If you’re on a cruise to Maine, you’re almost certain to get a taste of the great outdoors, be it through water-skiing, hiking, cycling, kayaking or just taking it all in with a gentle walk. 

It’s not all high-octane fun though – if you prefer to take things a bit slower, there are plenty of small, charming and quirky towns to spend your day wandering around, more antique shops than you can shake a stick at, as well as plenty of delicious local foods and drinks to enjoy. 

And if you’re in Maine, you have to try the lobster.

Top 5 interesting facts

  • Maine is most famous for lobster.
  • There are over 3,150 islands here.
  • Maine is also known as Vacation State or Vacationland.
  • Eastport is the first city in the USA to see the morning sun.
  • Maine is the only state that borders just one other US state.


Busy ports

Maine has two cruise ports, Bar Harbor and Portland. Bar Harbor has had a little bit of a troubled past – in 1947, a huge forest fire destroyed much of the parkland, but it became a middle-class tourist destination again after the war, helping to restore it back to its former glory. It’s a busy little place, loved by tourists, and filled with the type of shops you love to see on a waterfront amble – ice cream parlours, B&Bs and quaint cafés and bars. 


Portland is Maine’s largest city, with traditional cobbled streets, picturesque mansions and iconic redbrick roofs that help to make it one of the most vibrant cities in America for its relatively small size. The city was established as a working fishing port in 1633, and it’s still a working wharf today. If you’re the type of person who likes visiting art galleries, museums and theatres, then you’re in for a real treat.




It takes some real effort to get into a New England lobster, but once you do, you’ll be richly rewarded with some of the most delicate lobster meat you’ll ever eat. It’s more often than not served with a bib, a cracking tool to help you get into it, and some melted butter. King prawns and scallops are always a wonderful choice in Maine too. 

The wild blueberry is Maine’s official fruit, so it’s very much worth scooping up a handful while you’re there if you have the chance. You could pick some fresh off a shrub, or if you feel like treating yourself you can grab a slice of warm blueberry pie at a downtown bakery. 

Maine is also very proud of its maple syrup. It’s made into candies, fudge, cream, popcorn and pancake mix, so no Maine resident ever has to do without. It’s delicious!