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Portland, Maine: Portland is one of the prettiest coastal towns and has a rich history and folklore waiting to be explored. Established in 1632 as a fishing and trading settlement by the British, the city still holds its rustic charm near and dear.

From the beautiful looming lighthouses to the deep blue waves of the Atlantic Ocean, the quaint brick buildings, and 19th century warehouses, everywhere you look on your cruise to Maine you’ll find enchanting New England splendor. The famous Portland Head Light dates back to 1791 and is by far one of Portland’s most iconic landmarks. Sitting on Cape Elizabeth, the beautiful lighthouse served as a lookout for oncoming intruders (particularly, the British) and today stands as a symbol of Maine’s heritage. It’s the oldest of its kind in continuous use in the States.

The Portland Museum of Art is well worth a visit. The museum features a broad collection of American and European art, plus an impressive selection of work by notable artists, like Georgia O’Keefe, Andy Warhol, Claude Monet and many other greats. Architecture buffs, as well as literary enthusiasts will appreciate a visit to the great poet and Portland native, Henry Wadsworth-Longfellow’s childhood home. The Wadsworth-Longfellow House is a National Historic Landmark contains most of the original household items and is the oldest standing structure on the Portland peninsula.

Hop on a beer tour on your cruise to Maine and discover what beer experts say is some of the best brews in the United States. The microbrew movement strong in Portland. There are about 17 locally-brewed brands that offer a wide range in flavor profile. Learn all about the fermentation process and sample handcrafted Belgian-style beer, blueberry wheat ale, rich dark stout, and much more.

Wander along the bustling cobblestone streets and alleys of the Old Port district in the downtown city center for wonderful dining and shopping. This small coastal town boasts many award-winning restaurants that are rooted in the farm-to-table tradition. Talented chefs prepare the freshest New England lobster with hearty, local, organic and plant-based foods on menus. And there’s a host of incredible locally owned boutiques within walking distance for unique, one-of-a-kind mementos.

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