As a life-long and avid cruiser, I actually completely understand this. Though passengers who have upcoming cruises with stops in Bar Harbor, Maine may not be as understanding.

Over the last decade or so, the port of Bar Harbor has exploded in popularity as a cruise ship destination during the summer and autumn months. However, the city council is moving forward with plans to significantly reduce the number of passenger ships the port welcomes each year.

Ships from cruise lines all over the world including Royal Caribbean, Norwegian Cruise Lines, Holland American and others dock in Maine all 'tourist-season' long each year. But how many ships total do you think visit Bar Harbor, Maine each year on average?

If you guessed 25, you're wrong. If you guessed 50, 100, even 150, you're still wrong. In fact, you're still off by a whole heck of a lot. The port is expecting some 180 cruise ships in the 2022 season alone. However, that could all be changing, and fast.

The city council voted to adopt a draft of a new policy that, when implemented, would reduce the number of ships allowed to visit the port each year. The proposal could even impact this upcoming Maine tourist season by potentially taking the number of ships visiting from 180 to 110.

That may not seem like a massive change, but if you guesstimate the average number of guests getting off and visiting from any given ship could be around 3,000, that's a reduction of an estimated 210,000 cash-spending patrons to local shops and businesses. (That's my own math, not the city's!)

According to WABI TV 5, the council is also going to seek advice from a maritime lawyer before they make any concrete decisions. Bar Harbor town Councilor Goldthwwait said,

”I believe that every single person on this council expressed a need for limits. We maybe haven’t arrived at exact numbers yet, but we are united in understanding what the community asked us for, and that is to limit the volume of ships, people, however you want to describe it.”


Peek Inside This $2 Million Property for Sale on Main Street in Bar Harbor

Many have always dreamed of owning a store, restaurant, or take-out in the middle of Maine’s premier resort town, or living right where the action is during the warm summer months. 

Here’s your chance at a little piece of Eden. The property is currently listed for sale at $2 million on by SVN The Masiello Group.  

$3.5 Million Bar Harbor Estate For Sale Includes An Amazing Pool

The stuff that dreams are made of!

Wow, look at this huge solar-heated saltwater swimming pool, which is part of this $3.5 million dollar estate for sale located on the shore of Salsbury Cove in Bar Harbor. There's certainly enough room in it for all of your family and friends, and then some! Just imagine the pool parties that you could hold here. Where's that volleyball?

The property built in 2009 is located at 65 Shore Acres Road and consists of the main house and a couple of really nice seasonal guesthouses on 2.64 acres right on the shore. All total we're talking 6 bedrooms and 5 bathrooms and a total of 5,826 square feet. Pretty amazing, and that's what your guests are sure to say when they stop by to visit or to spend a few fun-filled and relaxing days by the ocean in Bar Harbor.

The property is listed for sale by Jamie O'Keefe on

Walk Through These Photos Of The Famous Bar Harbor Shore Path

It's probably one of the more picturesque walks within any small coastal town in New England, and if you haven't strolled the 3/4 of a mile pathway yet, you really should take the time to do so.

The famous Bar Harbor Shore Path was created in 1881, and one can only imagine the famous and successful individuals of the past who have walked it throughout the years. Let's go ahead and join them.

2021 Bar Harbor Pajama Sale

Saturday, November 13th was the 26th Annual Pajama Sale in Bar Harbor


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