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Explore Portland, ME

Walk in the footsteps of seafarers past and present in Maine’s largest city on a Carnival cruise to Portland. Perched on green bluffs overlooking Casco Bay, Portland, Maine is a place where lobstermen still ply the briny seas and wooden fishing boats chug through the harbor. Portland cruises pull into a modern-day seaport of sleek high-rises towering over a revitalized Old Port area, alive with brewpubs, restaurants, and shops.

  • Meander the colorful streets of Old Port.
  • Get a panoramic view of Maine’s craggy coast from the cliff-top Portland Head Lighthouse.
  • See a slice of 19th-century life in the Victoria Mansion during your Portland cruise.
  • Stroll the Eastern Promenade Pathway above bustling Casco Bay.
  • Shop for bargains in the LL Bean flagship store.

Things To Do

Local Attractions

Discover a rich slice of America’s seafaring past on Portland cruises. Stroll the wooden docks in the Old Port area, Maine’s historic port, teeming with fishing boats, seafood restaurants, and inventive brewpubs. See Maine’s iconic Portland Head Lighthouse, the muse of artists like Edward Hopper and as picturesque today as when it was first illuminated with whale oil in 1791.

  • Hit the cobblestoned streets of the vibrant Old Port area for dining and shopping.
  • Take a trip to 200-year-old Portland Head Lighthouse, still in operation.
  • Hunt for bargains at dozens of outlet stores in Freeport, home of LL Bean.
  • Savor a fresh lobster roll at one of Portland’s seafood restaurants.
  • Climb Munjoy Hill to the Portland Observatory for panoramic views of Casco Bay.

Fun Facts

  • The romantic drama Message in a Bottle, starring Kevin Costner and Robin Wright, was partially filmed in Portland.
  • In 2009 Portland was named the “Foodiest Small Town in America” by Bon Appétit magazine.
  • The oldest standing structure in Portland is the boyhood home of Song of Hiawatha poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow; it dates from 1785.

Within Walking Distance

This quintessential New England seaport is yours to explore on cruises to Portland, Maine. Directly across from the Old Port is Commercial Street, a bustling avenue of shops and tempting eateries. Head up the hill on cobblestoned Moulton Street for more shopping, dining, and nightlife on Portland cruises. At the corner of Market and Fore streets are dozens of options to choose from. Along the way, you’ll pass Portland’s elaborate U.S. Customs House, built in 1868 to accommodate Portland’s expansion as a center of seafaring trade. On Congress Street in the heart of downtown, be sure to swing by the Unitarian First Parish Church, erected in 1826, as well as Portland’s dome-topped City Hall, constructed in 1909. On the eastern end of Congress Street, the Portland Observatory rises 160 ft. above the city and has a bird’s-eye view of the city and Casco Bay.


To see how Portlanders lived a hundred years ago, stop in at the Victoria Mansion, rich in period detail and artifacts like gas-fueled chandeliers. Train buffs will love the Narrow Gauge Railroad Co. & Museum, where you can purchase tickets for short train rides along Casco Bay. Portland’s oldest building, the Wadsworth-Longfellow House, is a museum dedicated to one of America’s most famous 19th-century poets, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.

Beyond the Port Area

Portland’s 200-year-old lighthouses, Portland Head Light and Cape Elizabeth Light, are two of the state’s most famous landmarks. The keeper’s house next to Portland Head Light is now a museum. Bring takeout lobster rolls from the Old Port area to have a picnic here, overlooking the blue-gray swells of the bay.


Serious shoppers love the jaunt to the LL Bean’s signature store in Freeport—it’s open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. For a high-altitude adventure, take the scenic drive through the White Mountains to Mt. Washington, where a cog railway chug-a-lugs passengers to the top of the highest perch in New England.

Dining In Portland

With fishing boats delivering fresh-caught seafood to the docks daily, Portland, Maine, is one of the world’s great places to eat fresh seafood. Just steps from your Portland, Maine cruise ship are local restaurants serving succulent lobster rolls, sweet Maine shrimp, hearty clam chowder, and fresh haddock. Perfectly steamed lobster is the house specialty at such waterfront eateries as DeMillo’s, Andy’s, Portland Lobster Co, and J.’s Oyster.

Travel Tips


  • Cruises to Maine visiting Portland dock at the Ocean Gateway Facility, 50 Commercial Street, putting you in the heart of Portland’s Old Port area.
  • Lively restaurants, shops, and microbrew taverns are located near the dock. In fact, you can explore much of Portland’s historic Old Port neighborhood without going far.
  • Ready for an excursion? Take a ride on a sailboat, trolley, horse-drawn carriage, or cog railway or rent a bike for a leisurely street-side pedal.