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Portland, Maine Luxury Cruises

Portland is Maine's biggest city, but it's one that is defined by its laidback atmosphere and its intimate size. Unlike other East Coast stalwarts, the defining features of this lively waterfront township are its red-brick buildings, rather than its skyscrapers.

Portland has an historic aesthetic that provides a wonderful foil to the fast-paced modernism of plenty of North American Cities. You won't find a futuristic skyline here, but there is an unbelievable chance to visit Victorian neighbourhoods, unique art museums and an amount of inner-city green space that has to be seen to be believed.

The majestic stone work which came to dominate the city after frequent fires in the 1800s is now the gorgeous backdrop to a city of progressive locals with a vibrantly youthful energy.

Sightseeing in Portland

Portland Museum of Art

This is an impeccably ornamental building in itself, but its interior belies even grander works of art. The work of famous Maine painters such as Winslow Homer, Edward Hopper and Andrew Wyeth are showcased in wonderfully spacious galleries spread out over a series of floors, each one revealing more colourful delights to take in.

The finest art museum in New England is also home to a contemporary collection featuring the masterworks of Picasso, Monet and Renoir.

Portland Observatory Museum

Originally built in 1807 as a maritime signal station, today, the Portland Observatory Museum is a thrilling way to get to grips with the city's storied maritime history. Heading inside can lead you to a fantastic exhibit showcasing the instruments used in directing the marine ships into the harbour, a monumental task achieved via a team of skilled signal personnel with only primitive equipment.

There are two truly astounding things about this attraction – Portland Observatory is the last of its kind remaining in the USA, and the view. You can get a panoramic view of the Casco Bay from the very top of the institution, which is still miraculously open to visitors.

Victoria Mansion

If you take a stroll southeast from the Portland Museum of Art, after a few blocks you will encounter the Victoria Mansion. This is an impeccably preserved Neo-Classical palace which was originally built for a member of European aristocracy in 1860.

You can even head inside once you've toured the lush grounds, and enjoy a sumptuously decorated central hall adorned with all the trappings of wealth, such as gold inlay furniture, chandeliers and classical paintings.

Shopping in Portland

For an utterly unique shopping experience, make sure to head to China Sea Marine Trading Co. This shop is full of maritime memorabilia, including telescopes, vintage weaponry, diving helmets and navy pea coats, providing endless fun once you begin delving into its curios.

Eating out in Portland

The award-winning Fore street is a great place to start if you're look to get a taste of the regions finest cuisine. The dining room has pine panelling, adding extra ambience to an already sumptuous dining room. Grilling and roasting is the order of the day here, with the freshest cuts of meat gracing the apple wood chopping boards.

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1 London (Greenwich) to London (Greenwich)
03 July 2020 - 15 nights

London (Greenwich) | Fowey, U.K | St Mary's | Waterford | Dublin | Dublin | Belfast | Glasgow | Oban, UK | Holyhead | Fishguard, Wales, United Kingdom | Falmouth, England | Portland, Maine | London (Greenwich) | London (Greenwich) more

Fly Cruise £5189pp
Cruise Only £5189pp
2 Canadian Maritimes & New England
31 August 2020 - 11 nights

Montreal | Quebec City | Quebec City | Saguenay, Quebec | Cap-aux-Meules, Quebec | Sydney, Canada | Portland, Maine | Cape Cod / Provincetown, Massachusetts | Boston, Massachusetts more

Fly Cruise £4799pp
Cruise Only £4369pp
3 Canadian Maritimes & New England
04 October 2020 - 11 nights

Montreal | Quebec City | Quebec City | Saguenay, Quebec | Cap-aux-Meules, Quebec | Sydney, Canada | Portland, Maine | Cape Cod / Provincetown, Massachusetts | Boston, Massachusetts more

Fly Cruise £5039pp
Cruise Only £4559pp
4 Vancouver to San Diego, California
08 October 2020 - 9 nights

Vancouver | Victoria, British Columbia, Canada | Seattle, Washington | Portland, Maine | Longview, Washington | San Francisco, California | San Diego more

Fly Cruise £4239pp
Cruise Only £4869pp
5 Atlantic Coast Harbors
26 October 2020 - 12 nights

Montreal | Quebec City | Halifax | Shelburne, Nova Scotia | Portland, Maine | Newport, Rhode Island | New York | New York | Miami more

Fly Cruise £4529pp
Cruise Only £4079pp
6 London To New York City
27 August 2021 - 21 nights

Dover, England | Amsterdam | Amsterdam | Rotterdam | Brussels / Brugge (Zeebrugge) | Honfleur | Honfleur | Saint-Malo | Portland,USA | Southampton | Cork | Dingle | Bar Harbor | Boston, Massachusetts | Cape Cod / Provincetown, Massachusetts | New York | New York more

Fly Cruise £7999pp
Cruise Only £6879pp
7 New York to Montreal
16 September 2021 - 10 nights

New York | Newport, Rhode Island | Boston, Massachusetts | Portland, Maine | Halifax | Sydney, Canada | Charlottetown | Quebec City | Quebec City | Montreal more

Fly Cruise £5189pp
Cruise Only £4399pp
8 Prismatic Fall - New York to Montreal
01 October 2021 - 10 nights

New York | Newport, Rhode Island | Boston, Massachusetts | Portland,USA | St John (Bay Of Fundy), Canada | Halifax | Sydney, Canada | Saguenay, Quebec | Quebec City | Montreal more

Fly Cruise £3749pp
Cruise Only £2869pp
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