BAR HARBOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) - The most cruise ship passengers of the season took over Bar Harbor Wednesday with around 3,100 of them ferrying into the coastal town.
The Explorer of the Seas docked for around 10 hours, giving those on board from all over the world a chance to experience Maine. According to the Executive Director of the Bar Harbor Chamber of Commerce, Chris Fogg, cruise ships visits have increased from 35 in 2000 to 135 this year.
"It's enables businesses to stay open for longer periods of time," said Fogg. "Keeps people employed and makes more money."
Ships will continue to drop anchor in Bar Harbor up until October 30th, extending the tourist season Downeast past Labor Day Weekend. For Patricia Hannan-Smith who owns Patrick's By The Sea on Main Street, the increase in cruise ships means more fall revenue.
"Our business is best in September and October. It used to best in July and August, but these people come and they love it here and the spend money so it's perfect," said Hannan-Smith.
The Bar Harbor Master lists the cruise liners as being from all over the world, but most ships that come to the town depart from ports in Boston, New York and Montreal, Quebec. There are around 175,000 cruise ship passengers expected to visit Bar Harbor by the end of the season.