PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The 2014 fall cruise is at its peak, with eight cruise ships scheduled to port in Portland this week. Forty-seven ships will call to port through September and October.
The eight ships will bring around 12,000 passenger to Portland. In total, the city said its port will host more than 82,000 passengers and 74 cruise ship from June to November, a 15 percent increase in passengers from last year. In 2013, 58 ships stopped at the port.
American Cruise Lines conducts a total of 28 homeport operations in Portland this season. The largest number of passengers comes from the Royal Caribbean and Celebrity ships, who will collectively bring about 36,000 passengers.
In 2012, Maine received about $45 million in cruise industry direct spending. The cruise industry generated 801 jobs and wages totaling $27 million for Maine workers.