Bar Harbor is a town located on Mount Desert Island (Hancock County, Maine, US). In 2010 its population was 5,235. Bar Harbor is a very popular tourist destination in Maine's Down East region and home to Jackson Laboratory, College of the Atlantic, MDI Biological Laboratory. Prior to a catastrophic fire in 1947 the town was a summer colony for the affluent elite.
Today, Bar Harbor is home to the biggest parts of Acadia National Park, which includes Cadillac Mountain, the highest point within 40 km (25 miles) of the coastline of Eastern United States. Bar Harbor is served by Hancock County-Bar Harbor Airport, featuring flights on PenAir and Cape Air to Boston, as well as seasonal flights to Portland and Newark on Elite Airways.
Downtown Bar Harbor is particularly alive in summer and autumn because the town is home to plenty of outdoor enthusiasts. A couple of miles from downtown area is Acadia National Park. Acadia's outdoor activities include hiking, biking, mountain climbing, bird watching. Those interested in marine life that surrounds Mount Desert Island can visit the marina located at the end of Main Street and sign up for tours featuring puffins, whales, seals, lobster, island lighthouses, pelagic seabirds, or for overall nature cruise.
- In 2016, the port had scheduled a total of 105 ship calls and handled around 158,000 cruise tourists.
- During season 2016, cruise ship tourists spent at Bar Harbor around USD 15 million, for an economic impact of USD 20,2 million (based on an University of Maine study). There is a plan for conversion of the port's old international ferry terminal (on Eden Street) to a cruise ship terminal facility. To the above figures must be added passenger fees (USD 0,686 million) paid to the city. Also additional is spending by crew members and cruise companies themselves.
- The study team handed out surveys to cruise passengers arriving at Harbor Place or Harborside dock. Tourists returned the survays by mail. A total of 2231 surveys (47% response rate). Acoording to the study, 138,285 cruise passengers disembarked in the port in 2016. This was 87% of the vessels' combined passenger capacity of 163,000. Note: passenger fees are based on the vessel's capacity. The study also showed that in 2016, around 2 million people visited Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park, of which cruise tourists were around 10%.
- The future of cruise ships in Bar Harbor was discussed on May 16, 2017 at an open town meeting. There are a couple of proposed amendments on the upcoming ballot in June, both highly debated. It is no secret that visitorship is at an all-time high, according to town officials. But how to cut down on congestion, and will the re-zoning of the old ferry terminal solve the problem? Many are wondering how to vote as the days wind down to town elections. Proposed amendments with the most scrutiny include: Article 12: amendment that, if passed, would develop the terminal for ferry and cruise shipferry use. But in case article 13 (itizen initiative) is passed at all, Bar Harbor will lose the option agreement to purchase this property from the state.
- However, overcrowding is not all due to cruise ship tourism. Out of 3 million visitors in 2016, around 169,000 were cruise ship passengers. Which means that 94% were not. The town votes in June 2017. Officials say believe article 12 will pass in June, to re-zone the old ferry terminal. They say a consultant would prepare a plan for the site by November so they can tell Department of Transportation they would be buying the property.
Highlights: Mt. Desert Street, Popular resorts, Acadia National Park
Bar Harbor cruise terminal
Bar Harbor ME is a tender cruise port, which means cruise ships anchor in Frenchman Bay and their passengers are transported to the pier via the ship's tender boats.
The Bar Harbor cruise port map is interactive. It shows the port's exact location, along with the real-time cruise ship traffic (if any) in its vicinity - today, and right now. By zooming-out you can see other cruise ship ports located near Bar Harbor, Maine.
If you lose the Bar Harbor location on the map, simply reload the page (also with F5 button). This feature is integrated with the CruiseMapper's cruise ship tracker tracking the vessels' current positions at sea and in ports.
Port Bar Harbor cruise ship schedule shows timetable calendars of all arrival and departure dates by month. The port's schedule lists all ships (in links) with cruises going to or leaving from Bar Harbor, Maine. To see the full itineraries (ports of call dates and arrival / departure times) and their lowest rates – just follow the corresponding ship-link.
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12 May, 2017
21 May, 2017
23 May, 2017
28 May, 2017