The cruise ship welcoming committee has been busy making plans for the arrival of Royal Caribbean Cruise Line Jewel of the Seas on Monday, Oct. 18.

Representatives from the Penobscot Bay Regional Chamber, Camden-Rockport-Lincolnvile Chamber, businesses, downtown merchants, volunteers and city officials have been coordinating the shoreside welcoming activities during the past few months.

The ship is scheduled to arrive at 7 a.m. on Oct. 18 and depart that evening at 7 p.m. It will be anchored in Rockland Harbor (of of Owls Head) and passengers will be tendered throughout the day to the public landing.

The ship is 962 feet long and carries 2,501 passengers and a crew of 760.

The visit is part of a seven night Canada and New England cruise, embarking from Boston and bound for Saint John, New Brunswick.

Harbor Park will be open in a limited area to vehicle traffic. The area directly in front of the Fisherman’s Memorial stage over to the Harbormaster’s building will be blocked off for the shore excursion buses, taxis and trolleys.

Two small tents will be next to the Harbormaster’s office with volunteers from the Rockland and Camden areas disseminating local information between 7:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Volunteers will also be on Main Street in Rockland throughout the day. Volunteers will be wearing red aprons.

Exhibits will be set up in Mildred Merrill Park. “Rocky,” the 18-foot fiberglass lobster will be set up by the Rockland Festival Corporation for photo opportunities. Brooks Trap Mill and Tom Bernadi have provided custom-made lobster trap chairs and lobster traps for the creation of a mini lobster-trap tree. Both the Rockland and Thomaston Historical Societies will have exhibits on the history of the two communities. Ryan Post, Captain of the Instigator and the business Maine Buggin will have a lobstering display for visitors to learn about the lobster industry.