Visiting The Cruise Port of Bar Harbor, Maine
A favorite stop for New England and Canada Maritime cruises, Bar Harbor has a lot to offer. The town itself and waterfront are the major attraction with a number of shops and great restaurants to visit.
Where Your Ship Docks
Bar Harbor is a tender port and the boats will tie up at the Town Pier. From there it is only a short walk into the center of town and there are a number of excursion and whale watching boats available right at the pier.
Disembarking – This is normally a tender port as large cruise ships cannot be accommodated at its piers. Wheelchair bound passengers will encounter challenges both in getting on tenders as well as disembarking at the pier. Because it is tidal New England the tides can rise over a large range sometimes making it a major climb up from the tenders dock.
Port City Characteristics – This port has an average wheelchair infrastructure typical of small towns. The port area has a fair incline up into town and sidewalks are narrow in places. Most intersection crosswalks have no curbs or other wheelchair obstacles.
The best way to get around Bar Harbor is The Island Explorer, a free town shuttle bus that even offers free transportation to Acadia National Park and up Cadillac Mountain. The downtown area is also an easy walk with lots to see.
Click this map to access The Island Explorer website
You’re in the United States and the U.S. Dollar is the local currency. Most credit cards are welcome and there are a number of ATM machines in town.
This area is where the fall foliage starts to change color first in the Eastern United States and fall leaf change cruises are popular. Bar Harbor also offers a number of whale watching excursions and the town sits on the edge of Acadia National Park. A trip up Cadillac Mountain is a popular excursion and the top of the mountain is the first spot touched by the rays of the rising Sun in the United States each day. The Park Service offers a number of programs for visitors.
Good Links for Additional Information
The Official Bar Harbor Website