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American Cruise Lines’ Grand New England Cruise: Story Published

Portland Headlight, ME. Photo by Richard Varr

‘Sea Smoke,’ Glassy Harbors and Steaming Chowder

American Cruise Lines’ American Constitution. Photo by Richard Varr

Our transport boat slowly chugs within the thick soupy fog, maneuvering around anchored sailboats, streamlined pleasure craft and rusting fishing vessels stacked with mesh lobster traps. It’s early morning in Camden, Maine while sailing atop its glassy harbor, and within minutes we’re close enough to shore to see three 150-year-old schooners berthed next to briny docks.

‘Sea smoke’ in Camden harbor. Photo by Richard Varr

“They call it sea smoke,” says our tour guide, describing the fog that often hovers atop the water. It smothers harbor islands and even drifts inland to shroud church steeples and hilly inclines.

Thunder Hole, Acadia National Park at Bar Harbor, ME. Photo by Richard Varr

Harbor in Camden, ME. Photo by Richard Varr

Street in Camden, ME.

That was the scene one early morning during my 11-day New England Grand Cruise aboard American Cruise Line’s American Constitution, on a journey that departs Boston and visits nine ports of call along the craggy shorelines of Maine, Massachusetts and Rhode Island. At several stops, I see squawking seagulls fluttering along the harbors and docks where aromas of steaming lobster and clam chowder waft within pier-top restaurants. And close by are the modest homes – although now expensive – that were once owned by the sea captains of yesteryear.

View from the deck of the American Constitution, leaving Boston. Photo by Richard Varr

Click on the below link to my story published in the August 2019 issue of Porthole Cruise Magazine, describing what I found in ports of call including Portland, Bar Harbor, Camden, Boothbay Harbor, Rockland, Gloucester, Newport, Martha’s Vineyard and Provincetown.

Click to access Porthole+NE+Cruise.pdf