On Saturday, October 29, Portland welcomed its 100,000th cruise ship passenger visiting the city this year, officials announced.
When a small contingent of Portland officials approached Elke Mayer and Ralf Staudenmaier as they left AIDAmar cruise ship docked at Portland Ocean Terminal, the two German citizens appeared a little taken aback.
But then Mayor Ethan Strimling put out his hand in welcome and explained to the two why they had been stopped in the rain: They put the number of cruise ship passengers stepping ashore in Portland in a single season over 100,000 for the first time ever.
According to Jessica Grondin, a spokeswoman for Portland, the city has recorded a 6% increase in cruise ship passengers this year, a 10% increase in crew numbers and also hosted the largest cruise ship ever in Portland when the Anthem of the Seas docked in late August with 4,974 passengers and 1,480 crew.
According to a study done in 2015 that was based on 55,000 passengers, the cruise ship visits to the city had an economic impact of $5.8 million, said Bob Leeman, Cruise Portland’s marketing manager. Leeman said this year’s economic impact, based on 100,000 passengers, would be close to $11 million, and the city expects a 17% increase in cruise ship activity next year.