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Portland Shore Excursion Guide

Cruise lines offer a number of shore excursions for sale when visiting Portland. For your convenience, we have provided a sample listing below of the shore excursions typically sold by cruise lines that visit Portland. You may wish to check out 3rd party shore excursions in Portland to get a wider variety of options to choose from.

Portland and Kennebunkport Tours

You'll see highlights in Portland that include Casco Bay, and the arts and commerce districts, and then visit Kennebunkport. This seaside town boasts Federal and Victorian architecture dating from the 18th and 19th centuries. You'll shop and stroll as you like through the boutiques, antique shope, and galleries dotting Docks Square, and later enjoy a coastal drive to Cape Elizabeth. There, you'll see the Portland Head Light, a lighthouse built in 1791.
 
Price: Adults expect to pay around $60 for a 5 hour tour.
 
Booking Advice: This tour is rated as easy, and does take you to both cities. You can visit just Portland via trolley for about $19, and reserve tickets at http://www.portlanddiscovery.com/tours/portland-trolley-tour/ You can see Portland via a duck tour for around $24, and reserve tickets at http://www.zerve.com/DowneastDuck/DuckTour

Maine Lighthouse Tours

Thes tours take you by coach to various lighthouses in the area. One such tour takes you to the Bug Light (lighthouse built in 1875), and then you'll see the Liberty Ship Monument which commemorates the fact that 266 ships were built there for WWII. You'll then see the Spring Point Ledge Lighthouse, which is built in the “spark plug” style. Your trip concludes after you view the oldest Maine lighthouse, which is the Portland Head Light (circa 1791). You'll also have opportunity to visit the museum housed in the old lighthouse keeper's quarters.
 
Price: Adults expect to pay from $36 to $46 for these 2 to 3.5 hour tours.
 
Booking Advice: These tours are rated as easy, and you'll likely discover that there are online 3rd party vendors featuring very attractive rates (although these may not include transportation from the cruise terminal). You may want to investigate http://www.portlanddiscovery.com/tours/lighthouse-lovers-cruise/

Kennebunkport and Scenic Cruise

These tours are rated as easy in terms of physical difficulty. While transportation isn't included, one viable alternative to consider is a cruise from Kennebunkport on an authentic working lobster boat. Cost is about $30 per adult for this cruise. You can find such extremely popular tours at http://www.rugosacharters.com/The_Rugosa/Information.html
 
Price: A coach drive takes you to Kennebunkport, where you'll see the gorgeous Federal and Victorian architecture from the 18th and 19th centuries, and walk about and shop among the boutiques, antique stores, and galleries at Docks Square. Then, you'll cruise along Maine's coast, where you'll pass by Walker's Point and the Bush estate.
 
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Maine Lobster Bake and Fort Scammel

If you like your lobster and love America history, this tour might just be ideal. A cruise takes you to Fort Scammel, which was built in 1661. Fort Scammel was used to protect Portland from the British in the Revolutionary War days, and used again as defense against the South during the Civil War. After walking about, you'll be treated to a lobster bake (1 to 1.5 lb.), or chicken if you'd like, with the sides and trimmings.
 
Price: Adults expect to pay around $100 for this 3.5 hour excursion.
 
Booking Advice: This tour is rated as moderate in terms of physical exertion. Cruise line prices appear to be competitive.

Portland Highlights and Art Museums

A coach drive takes you by city highlights, including the boutiques and galleries in the Old Port area, Fort Allen Park, the Portland Observatory, and the arts and the commerce districts. Your guide, also an expert in the art you'll be seeing, will fill you in about Winslow Homer, Kent, Hartley, and Andrew Wyeth. You'll then visit the Winslow Homer Gallery and the Maine Art Gallery. You'll also travel by the lovingly and carefully preserved Victorian houses in Portland.
 
Price: Adults expect to pay around $50 for this 3.5 hour tour.
 
Booking Advice: This tour is rated as moderate in terms of physical difficulty due to the walking involved. Cruise line prices appear to be fairly competitive.

Third Party Shore Excursions in Portland

Below are links to third-party shore excursion vendors in Portland (Maine). These links will launch in a new browser window and are external sites. We bear no responsibility for the content or services offered at these sites.
3rd party shore excursions often have advantages over shore excursions sold by the cruise lines. Third party shore excursions can be less costly and feature smaller groups than shore excursions sold by the cruise lines. Often, the vendors you buy from directly are the same vendors used by the cruise lines themselves.
 
The benefit of buying shore excursions from the cruise line is that the vendors and pre-screened for safety and reliablity. While cruise lines shore excursions can be more expensive than buying direct from a local vendor, there is certainly peace of mind that the cruise line will be using a reliable, safe and trusted vendor. If you experience a problem with the vendor on a cruise line-sold shore excursion, the shore excursion managers onboard the cruise ship will likely be an invaluable resource to help settle disputes.

Want to see your shore excursion services for FREE in our Portland Shore Excursion Guide? Tell us about your offering and we will be happy to include you in the directory provided you meet certain criteria.

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