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This year's cruise ship schedules for the primary ports of call in Maine — namely Portland, Rockland/Camden and Bar Harbor — point to their considerable impact on the state's tourism economy. Portland expects 118 cruise ships will pay a visit this year, carrying more than 170,000 passengers. Bar Harbor will see 180 vessels and more than 245,000 passengers. And for Camden and Rockland, the 2018 calendar published by the Penobscot Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce states that American Cruise Lines will bring two ships on a nearly weekly basis to the ports between May 22 and Sept. 25, with one ship holding 175 passengers and the other 100 passengers. Ten other ships are on the schedule, most in the 140-to-500-passenger range. But the fall schedule includes visits from the Cunard Line's Queen Mary II (2,450 passengers) and Royal Caribbean International's Serenade of the Sea (2,490 passengers). In Rockland, population roughly 7,200, that's sparked a debate over whether the city should be billing itself as a cruise ship destination. Rockland's City Council took an initial step this week toward limiting the number of visits from large cruise ships to no more than six visits per year, with the understanding that the city will develop a long-term harbor management plan.
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