Downtown Rockland sees influx of cruise ship visitors

By Stephen Betts | Sep 13, 2017
Photo by: Stephen Betts The cruise ship Vision of the Seas is moored in Rockland Harbor Sept. 13.

Rockland — Rockland's downtown was bustling Wednesday, Sept. 13, with the arrival of two cruise ships, including one carrying more than 2,400 passengers.

The Royal Caribbean Cruises' Vision of the Seas arrived Wednesday morning. This is the first of four scheduled visits by the Vision of the Seas. The vessel will also be coming to Rockland Sept. 26, Oct. 4 and Oct. 20.

The cruise ship can carry 2,416 passengers.

The Vision of the Seas was moored in the outer harbor and smaller boats brought in the passengers to the Rockland public landing.

Docked at the public landing is the American Cruise Lines' cruise ship Independence, which bills itself as a 100-guest coastal cruise ship.

The Penobscot Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce pointed out that some passengers will take shore excursions to destinations such as the Owls Head Transportation Museum, downtown Camden, and Mount Battie, but many visitors will also spend time exploring Rockland’s museums, shops and restaurants.

That was the case Wednesday as streets were filled with visitors.

The Independence has been coming to Camden and Rockland on a weekly basis.

The Rockland City Council has voted to postpone action on a proposal to increase the fees from $8 per passenger to $10 per passenger for cruise ships. The issue is expected to be discussed by the council and interested parties in October or November.

Comments (2)
Posted by: Amanda Parten | Sep 14, 2017 16:57

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Posted by: Dale Hayward | Sep 13, 2017 19:31

The proof is in the pudding now, as we see it, and not when the ship are gone for the season. This city has bitten it own back side so many times getting greedy from within and from the tourist side of the fence. Let the fee stand and not even bother to discuss it except to offer a proclamation of thanks to whomever is in charge of bringing them here. Stop wasting time with something that works fine, it is NOT broken. Survey the local merchants and get their input. Stop trying to regulate everything, all the time, in every way possible to suck up so more more. Start cutting back, get responsible. lower our taxes.

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