ROCKLAND, Maine — The second-largest cruise ship ever to visit the city has announced its intention to make a port call in this Knox County harbor.
The MS Eurodam, a ship within the fleet of Holland America Line, is scheduled to visit Rockland in October 2014.
The Eurodam can carry 2,104 passengers and carries a crew of 929. The ship is 936 feet long.
The visit by the Eurodam would be the second-largest cruise ship to visit Rockland. The largest was the Jewel of the Seas, which made a port call in Rockland in October 2009 with nearly 2,500 passengers and a crew of 760. The Jewel of the Seas is 962 feet long.
Harbor Master Ed Glaser said Monday that the city will not need to take any additional steps to handle such a large ship.
Lorain Francis, executive director of Rockland Main Street Inc., said downtown merchants welcome visitors whether they come by cruise ship, train or car. She said visits by large cruise ships can create an uptick for Main Street merchants on the day of the visits.
The planned visit of the ship will be in addition to regular smaller cruise ship lines that visit Rockland each summer and fall. CruiseMaine, which promotes the cruise ship industry in Maine, estimated that Rockland would have 4,512 cruise ship passenger days in 2012. That figure is determined by the number of passengers multiplied by the number of days they stay in port.
While Rockland has seen a nearly quadrupling in the number of cruise ship visits, its passenger traffic pales when compared to Bar Harbor and Portland. Bar Harbor will have an estimated 138,592 passenger days this year, followed by Portland with 67,758 passenger days.