Trip Report – Portland, ME

Portland, Maine was one of our port stops for our New England Carnival cruise. It was by far our favorite stop.

Our ship arrived in Portland, Maine overnight, which meant we were able to wake up to a room service breakfast and then adventure off the ship.

We had a wonderful tour bus booked (not through Carnival). Our bus drive was informative, funny, and a safe driver. He drove us around the city and talked about the history and then took us out to the Portland Head Light, a fancy word for lighthouse. It was such a picturesque location!

After we completed our little bus tour, we were pretty hungry. It was around lunch time. Per a suggestion from a friend, we walked to a little place called Hot Suppa for brunch. It was a little bit further of a walk than we anticipated (1.25 miles or so), but we had a delicious brunch.

After this, we decided to visit the Victoria Mansion, which was kind of disappointing. It was basically just a really old house and our tour guide was pretty mediocre after our great bus tour guide. Plus the whole tour was standing and we had been walking around a lot since brunch.

Before heading back to the ship we stopped by Shipyard Brewery and spent some time in their tasting room. However, my wife isn’t really into beer so I was the only one who enjoyed that.

Portland was a walkable town plus all the brick and cobblestone makes it very charming. There was a lot of little shops, breweries, and restaurants to explore. I think my wife and I enjoyed this port stop the most because it reminded us a little bit of home. After leaving, we decided that it would be the type of place we would consider retiring to. We were also blessed with a beautiful weather during our short stop in Portland. We hope to visit again in the future.