The World cruise ship sets 2012 Maine visit

Posted Nov. 27, 2010, at 12:01 a.m.

EASTPORT, Maine — The luxury ship The World will be docking in Passamaquoddy Bay in October 2012, giving passengers a chance to visit Eastport, Campobello Island and St. Andrews by the Sea, New Brunswick, CruiseMaineUSA has announced.

The World is described as an upscale, floating condominium.

“We are hoping this is the first of many more ships and the first fruit of the partnership between the three destinations,” Vern McKimmey, marketing manager of Roosevelt International Park on Campobello Island said Friday.

Eastport and St. Andrews have been working for years to bring cruise ships to the bay, and McKimmey joined the partnership this year.

“The strategy of combining the historical marquee destination value of Saint Andrews and Campobello with the working waterfront, dock, U.S. Customs capability and Down East experience offered in Eastport is going to become popular with a certain size of vessel,” Chris Gardner, the director of the Port of Eastport, predicted.

The newly revised itinerary will feature two days in Saint Andrews by the Sea with an opportunity to visit Campobello Island’s Roosevelt International Park. This will be followed by an hour-long cruise over the border between Canada and Maine to the dock at Eastport where passengers can clear U.S. Customs.

Travelers will then be free to spend the day in the Eastport area.

The ship will then head to Bar Harbor where it will spend three days before moving to Rockland for three days and on to Portland for an additional three days prior to going to Boston.

The new itinerary allows for experiences with the native community in Eastport, a visit to the Roosevelt cottage on Campobello, and the Kingsbrae Gardens in Saint Andrews by the Sea, Amy Powers, director of CruiseMaineUSA said.

The cruise is expected to affect each port economically.

“The value and the close proximity of these three ports will become evident with the cruise ship industry’s movement toward fuel conservation combined with the desire to offer new ports in this region,” Powers said. “We couldn’t be happier to provide this opportunity first to none other than the classiest vessel sailing today, The World.”

Improvements are expected to be made at the port at Eastport to make docking easier, while McKimmey said the potential for providing additional activities for passengers at the park is being investigated.

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