ROCKLAND, Maine — Rockland’s downtown was filled with visitors Sunday morning as some of the passengers from the 590-foot long MS Regatta cruise ship made a port call.
The Regatta carries up to 650 passengers with a crew of 375.
Volunteers from the Penobscot Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce greeted visitors as they arrived at the public landing by a shuttle vessel from the cruise ship.
Rockland officials have been working for years to get more cruise ships to visit the harbor including larger ones like the Regatta.
Earlier this year, Rockland Harbor Master Ed Glaser confirmed that Rockland Harbor would be welcome more cruising tourists in 2013 than ever before. In addition to the nearly weekly visits of the cruise lines Independence and American Glory, larger ships will drop anchor this fall.
The MS Regatta will make three stops in Rockland — Sept. 15, Oct. 3 and Oct. 9.
The Seven Seas Navigator, which carries 490 passengers and 350 crew members, arrives on Oct. 16 and clocks in at 565 feet.