The Kennebunk-Kennebunkport-Arundel Chamber of Commerce belongs to the Cruise Portland Maine Consortium, along with Portland and Freeport. Shore excursions are planned by the cruise lines and Intercruises, bringing many tourists to the Kennebunkport and Lower Village area.
The next several weeks will be very busy, with 25 cruise ships coming into Portland Harbor, and offering excursions down to the Kennebunks. You'll find the updated fall schedule here. Please understand this schedule changes frequently and tour organizers often do not contact us ahead of time with those changes.
And just in case you were wondering, the Cruise Consortium did a study in 2014 to learn more about our cruise ship passengers. Some interesting findings:
Average age of passenger is 55
67% are traveling as a couple
Their average income is $92,000
They spend, on average, $100 while on shore excursion
They spend, on average, two hours during a shore excursion
Top activities including shopping, sightseeing and dining
Total spending exceeds $6 million
At least one out of four plan to return to the area in the next five years
Most passengers hail from the south and mid-Atlantic regions
Most are college graduates