Picturesque, historic and entertaining, the lively city of Portland incorporates the character and charm of its past with a developing urban community. Your tour begins with a scenic drive through the quaint streets of the Old Port where street lanterns highlight a gracious mix of architectural styles. Once a warehouse district, the buildings have been transformed into charming restaurants, pubs, boutiques and galleries.
You’ll continue to Munjoy Hill for terrific views of Casco Bay and the islands from Fort Allen Park. You’ll pass the Portland Observatory and through the commercial center where you’ll see the new arts district, as well as the facade of city hall before entering the Western Promenade, one of America’s best preserved Victorian neighborhoods. Entered into the National Register of Historical Places in 1982, it remains one of the wealthiest areas of the city.
Situated along the beautiful coast of Cape Elizabeth is Fort Williams, home of the oldest lighthouse in Maine. First illuminated on January 10, 1791, Port Head Light has since stood at the gateway to the harbor for mariners traveling Maine’s perilous coast. A short photo stop will be made here before returning to your ship.