Cruise revenue hits $700K

BAR HARBOR — Municipal revenue from cruise tourism grew to an estimated $700,000 in 2013, marking a 14 percent year-to-year climb. A record 131 ships brought 140,726 passengers to port here.

Cruise income continued to fund a number of capital projects. The town spent nearly $100,000 in cruise funds on town pier renovations, with another $67,000 going toward sidewalk work downtown. Funds also continued to pay for debt service on the Agamont Park restrooms and Barker Park construction.

As of Feb. 5, 131 ships are scheduled to visit this summer, beginning with the Veendam on May 5 and ending with the Crystal Serenity on Nov. 1. A total of 15 ships are set to anchor overnight.

The bulk of cruise ship funds were spent in 2013 on harbor operations and wayfinding services. A combination of port development fees and passenger service fees covered nearly $100,000 in police and security services, $67,000 in public works services and $60,000 toward management of the harbor.

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Robert Levin

Robert Levin

Former reporter Robert Levin covered the people, businesses, governmental and nonprofit agencies of Bar Harbor. [email protected]
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