While cruise ships come into Bar Harbor throughout the summer, the height of cruise ship season comes in September and October when cruises come nearly every day. Sometimes more than one are scheduled for a single day! If you want to know what’s going on related to cruise ships in Bar Harbor, this post has all the information you may need.


Passengers are in town around lunchtime.

Most passengers from the ship are in our town from¬† 11am to 2pm. Even if the last tender to reboard the ship isn’t until 4pm, for instance, most passengers like to be back on board earlier, often for fear of missing the last tender and not getting back on the boat.

Don’t get closer to the ships than 100 meters.

If you are in the harbor kayaking or boating, you must stay at least 100 meters away from all points of the ship. This 100-meter perimeter is a security rule mandated and enforced by the United States Coast Guard. That said, many of these ships are so big that 100 meters away still gets you some very good views of these impressive structures. When the ship is underway and moving, in addition to the 100-meter perimeter, all vessels must be clear at least a quarter of a mile ahead of the cruise ship.

There is a passenger limit.

While there may be more than one cruise ship in town at any given point, there is a maximum of 3,000 passengers allowed into port at any given time. In other words, there is a limit to how many people are in town from a cruise ship at any given point.

Below is a list of cruise ships and some information about them. And if you want to see the full season schedule, take a look here at the cruise ship schedule (Town of Bar Harbor site, PDF) or check out a Google Calendar version you can add to your own calendar assembled by Virtual Tours Downeast.




Ships:

SEVEN SEAS NAVIGATOR
Max occupancy: 530
Crew: 324
Year built: 1999
Tonnage: 33000
Length: 564ft
Beam: 79ft
Flag: Bermuda
OCEANIA INSIGNIA
Max occupancy: 824
Crew: 400
Year built: 1998
Tonnage: 30277
Length: 591ft
Beam: 79ft
Flag: Marshall Islands
MS ROTTERDAM
Max occupancy: 1668
Crew: 593
Year built: 1997
Tonnage: 62000
Length: 794ft
Beam: 105ft
Flag: Netherlands
ANTHEM OF THE SEAS
Max occupancy: 4180
Crew: 760
Year built: 2013
Tonnage: 168666
Length: 1142ft
Beam: 135ft
Flag: Bahamas
CRYSTAL SYMPHONY
Max occupancy: 1010
Crew: 545
Year built: 1995
Tonnage: 51044
Length: 781ft
Beam: 105ft
Flag: Bahamas
STAR PRIDE
Max occupancy: 168
Crew: 88
Year built: 1986
Tonnage: 5350
Length: 443ft
Beam: 59ft
Flag: Bahamas
SEABOURN QUEST
Max occupancy: 450
Crew: 330
Year built: 2011
Tonnage: 32000
Length: 650ft
Beam: 92ft
Flag: Bahamas
AIDAluna
Max occupancy: 2500
Crew: 635
Year built: 2009
Tonnage: 69200
Length: 827ft
Beam: 106ft
Flag: Italy
SERENADE OF THE SEAS
Max occupancy: 2490
Crew: 891
Year built: 2001
Tonnage: 90090
Length: 962ft
Beam: 131ft
Flag: Bahamas
MS ZUIDERDAM
Max occupancy: 2250
Crew: 800
Year built: 2002
Tonnage: 85000
Length: 955ft
Beam: 105ft
Flag: Netherlands
NORWEGIAN ESCAPE
Max occupancy: 5450
Crew: 1730
Year built: 2015
Tonnage: 164600
Length: 1069ft
Beam: 136ft
Flag: Bahamas
P&O AURORA
Max occupancy: 1950
Crew: 850
Year built: 2000
Tonnage: 76000
Length: 889ft
Beam: 131ft
Flag: Bermuda
SILVER SPIRIT
Max occupancy: 540
Crew: 376
Year built: 2009
Tonnage: 36000
Length: 642ft
Beam: 86ft
Flag: Bahamas
MS VEENDAM
Max occupancy: 1627
Crew: 560
Year built: 1996
Tonnage: 55451
Length: 722ft
Beam: 105ft
Flag: Netherlands
OCEANIA MARINA
Max occupancy: 1300
Crew: 800
Year built: 2010
Tonnage: 66000
Length: 787ft
Beam: 105ft
Flag: Marshall Islands
GRANDEUR OF THE SEAS
Max occupancy: 2446
Crew: 760
Year built: 1995
Tonnage: 73817
Length: 915ft
Beam: 118ft
Flag: Bahamas
ADVENTURE OF THE SEAS
Max occupancy: 3114
Crew: 1180
Year built: 1998
Tonnage: 137276
Length: 1020ft
Beam: 161ft
Flag: Bahamas
AIDAvita
Max occupancy: 1685
Crew: 425
Year built: 2002
Tonnage: 42290
Length: 666ft
Beam: 92ft
Flag: Italy
NORWEGIAN GEM
Max occupancy: 2800
Crew: 1010
Year built: 2007
Tonnage: 91740
Length: 965ft
Beam: 105ft
Flag: Bahamas
CELEBRITY SUMMIT
Max occupancy: 2449
Crew: 1000
Year built: 2001
Tonnage: 91000
Length: 965ft
Beam: 105ft
Flag: Malta

If cruise ships aren’t your favorite, stay tuned for our second post in this series about dealing with cruise ships on Mount Desert Island.¬†


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