Busy week for cruise ships in Bar Harbor, Portland

Joan and Ray Cripps (from left) take pictures of Mary Ray and Dale Crandall, all of Miramichi, New Brunswick, after stopping in 2007 on the Park Loop Road in Acadia National Park to watch the 151-foot-long, four-mast schooner Margaret Todd and the 963-foot-long Queen Elizabeth II. The cruise ship Veedam also was in Bar Harbor's port, bringing thousands of visitors to the tourist resort.
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Joan and Ray Cripps (from left) take pictures of Mary Ray and Dale Crandall, all of Miramichi, New Brunswick, after stopping in 2007 on the Park Loop Road in Acadia National Park to watch the 151-foot-long, four-mast schooner Margaret Todd and the 963-foot-long Queen Elizabeth II. The cruise ship Veedam also was in Bar Harbor's port, bringing thousands of visitors to the tourist resort.
Posted Sept. 18, 2011, at 11:59 a.m.
Last modified Sept. 18, 2011, at 10:52 p.m.

BAR HARBOR, Maine — It’s a busy week for cruise ships in Maine, with seven ships slated to stop in Bar Harbor and six making port calls in Portland.

In all, the ships are carrying tens of thousands of passengers and crew members, giving local merchants a boost.

The visiting ships include the Queen Elizabeth, a Cunard Line luxury ship that was launched a year ago and is making its first voyage to Maine. The ship is nearly 1,000 feet long and carries more than 2,000 passengers.

The Queen Elizabeth comes to Portland on Friday, after which it will sail to Bar Harbor, where it will spend the day Saturday.

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