Waterfront

Cruise Ship Information Related to COVID-19 

As part of the Governor’s Coronavirus Response Team, the Maine Department of Economic and Community Development is working closely with the Maine CDC preparing for a return to cruise in Maine. These state agencies will work with the Ports, Coast Guard, the Department of Transportation, and the Federal CDC to provide guidance for cruise ships with port of calls in Maine.  

At the local level, the Port of Portland is 
establishing entry protocols that align with both Maine and Federal CDC guidelines as well as the cruise lines. The City and its partners are monitoring the situation for 2021 Cruise Ship Season and will share information and updates as they become available.

  • The Annual Cruise Canada New England Symposium, set to take place in Portland, has been RESCHEDULED to June 2022. More information to follow. 


As its name suggests, the Portland area is strongly linked to the sea. The port is the heart, the soul, and to a large extent, the muscle of a dynamic city. From container ships to luxury cruise ships, Portland's harbor can handle the largest seagoing vessels. At the same time, the harbor is dotted with ferries and colorful pleasure boats. Portland is home to a working waterfront, but it also has a playful side.

Throughout its long history, Portland has attracted shippers to its port. Our natural deepwater, ice-free harbor is among the best protected on the East Coast. Commercial fleets as well as passenger boats find a welcome refuge here as they enjoy the rare beauty and great opportunities the Portland area provides.