Trio of cruise ships drops anchor in Rockland

By Stephen Betts | Sep 04, 2018
Photo by: Stephen Betts The Crystal Symphony is anchored in Rockland harbor Tuesday, Sept. 4.

Rockland — Three cruise ships made Rockland their port of call Tuesday, Sept. 4, along with a large motor yacht.

The Crystal Symphony, which can carry 940 passengers, arrived in Rockland for its long-planned visit.

At the same time, two smaller cruise ships -- the American Constitution and the Independence had planned to moor in Camden harbor, but brisk north-northeast winds led the ships' captains to request to drop anchor in Rockland harbor, Rockland Harbormaster Matt Ripley said.

The Constitution generally carries 150 to 160 passengers, while the Independence carries about 100.

Ripley said it is unusual to have three cruise ships in port at the same time, but two were unplanned and were allowed to drop anchor to assist them because of the weather.

In addition to the cruise ships, the 86-foot motor yacht Cochise was docked at the public landing. The vessel is based in the Cayman Islands, said owner and captain Steve Dashew.

According to the website, the Cochise traveled 12,500 nautical miles in four months, including from French Polynesia to Panama.

The visit by the Crystal Symphony was its maiden voyage to Rockland. As such, the cruise line invited city officials to tour the ship. Of the five councilors invited, Councilor Adam Ackor was the sole councilor to go aboard.

Comments (1)
Posted by: Sandra Schramm | Sep 05, 2018 07:00

Curious to know how many people enjoyed, were annoyed or actually sickened by the exhaust stench. The evening was the worst with heavy air and wind in from the east. The headache can be dull to full blown migraine for some. Bar Harbor and Portland residents have long found this unacceptable.

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