From Bangor Daily News
Midcoast communities are increasingly the destination of cruise ships from around the world — vessels that bring with them the all important tourist dollars.
Maine overall has seen a doubling of the number of cruise ships making port calls in the past 10 years but that increase has been much greater for harbors such as Belfast and Rockland, according to statistics compiled by CruiseMaine.
Rockland, for example, recorded eight cruise ships coming to its harbor in 2003. By last year and again in 2012, that number had nearly quadrupled to 29. Belfast went from eight in 2003 to a projected 27 this year.
Rockland will see two large ships make port calls in the next week, although one is not a cruise ship but a floating high-end residential condominium complex.
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