Bar Harbor, Maine

Standing atop Cadillac Mountain in Acadia National Park, it is easy to see why individuals like John D. Rockefeller felt so strongly about preserving this area's natural beauty.

Established by individual donations, Acadia National Park is a stunning intersection of sea-scoured shores, towering cliffs, and forested mountains. Mount Desert Island had been a resort destination well before the establishment of Acadia National Park in 1919. The wealthy flocked to Bar Harbor at the turn of the century, building Newport-style "cottages" that turned the quaint New England town into a fashionable summer resort. It was the efforts of these wealthy vacationers, including John D. Rockefeller, which led President Woodrow Wilson to establish Acadia as the first national park east of the Mississippi. Many of Bar Harbor's great houses are a memory. A catastrophic fire in 1947 ravaged the town and the surrounding forest. But Acadia National Park survived, and today it is one of the most visited national parks in America. Acadia's 35,000 acres are studded with natural wonders: In addition to the stunning landscape, some 50 species of mammals including moose, black bear and white tail deer roam the park.

Please note: Bar Harbor is an anchorage port. Transfer from the ship to shore will be via the ship's tender transfer.
In ports where guests utilize tender boats to go ashore, Princess staff will make every effort to assist but are not allowed to individually physically lift more than 50 lbs. (22kg). Guests requiring physical assistance must travel with an able-bodied companion. With your safety and comfort in mind, the final decision to permit or prohibit passengers from going ashore will be made on each occasion by the ship's Captain.

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Points of Interest

  • Acadia National Park
  • 27-Mile Park Loop Road
  • Cadillac Mountain
  • Thunder Hole
  • Victorian Bar Harbor
  • Lobster Bake
  • Cranberry Islands
  • Lighthouses
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  • Acadia National Park

    Composed of 47,000 acres, much of the area was once the home of the wealthy such as Rockefeller, Vanderbilt, and the Morgans. Today it's the travel destination of hikers, rock climbers, campers and adventurers.

  • 27-Mile Park Loop Road

    This spectacular scenic drive begins at Hulls Cove, loops around Mount Desert Island and winds its way up to the summit of Cadillac Mountain.

  • Cadillac Mountain

    At 1,532 feet, Cadillac Mountain is the tallest point along the eastern coast of the United States. From October to March, it's the first spot in the U.S. to see the sun rise.

  • Thunder Hole

    This small inlet carved out of the rocks is famous for a thunderous clap when seawater crashes in and air and water is forced out. If you time it just right, you'll see water explode as high as 40 feet!

  • Victorian Bar Harbor

    Tucked on the east side of the island, this charming village was once the home of the rich and famous; many of the opulent mansions from the Gilded Age can be seen along Main Street.

  • Lobster Bake

    Plucked fresh from the coastal waters of Maine, lobster is the star and undisputed king of lobster dinners and known as a "downeast" meal including corn on the cob, potatoes, and all the trimmings.

  • Cranberry Islands

    Named for the tart red berries that grow in nearby bogs, the islands are comprised of five islands, each with its own general store, post office, church, historical society, and school.

  • Lighthouses

    Used to safely guide ships along Maine's rugged, sometimes treacherous shoreline, many of these beautiful and unique lighthouses still stand guard over 3,478 miles of Maine's coast.

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Victorian Bar Harbor Guided Walking Tour

2 hours | Bar Harbor | BHB-380
  • Victorian Bar Harbor

Stroll among the manicured streets of Bar Harbor and learn how this tiny hamlet was once the playground of the rich and famous during the Gilded Age. A costumed guide leads the way past opulent Victorian homes and into St. Saviour's Church for a look at its renowned Tiffany windows.

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Lulu Lobster Boat Ride

2 hours | Bar Harbor | BHB-635
  • Acadia National Park
  • Cadillac Mountain
  • Victorian Bar Harbor
  • Lighthouses

Learn what it takes to be a Maine lobsterman or woman with a cruise aboard a traditional Downeast lobster boat while soaking up the breathtaking beauty of Egg Rock Lighthouse, Acadia National Park, and the Porcupine Islands. Keep your eyes open for eagles, porpoises, seals, and other interesting marine mammals and birds

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Victorian Villages Of Mount Desert Island

2 hours | Bar Harbor | BHB-200
  • Victorian Bar Harbor

Gaze upon two dozen spectacular mansions, or "cottages," of yesteryear and hear fascinating tales of the powerful families that built them. Discover the charming villages of Seal Harbor and Northeast Harbor, with a little free time. Then, drive along Somes Sound, the only fjord on the east coast of North America.

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Acadia National Park Loop Road

2 hours | Bar Harbor | BHB-125
  • Thunder Hole
  • Acadia National Park
  • 27-Mile Park Loop Road

Traverse every inch, twist, bend and eye-popping sight of the famous 27-mile Park Loop Road in Acadia National Park. This scenic byway hugs the coast with sparkling ocean views, craggy mountains, coastal woods and iconic sights like Thunder Hole, Otter Cliffs Schooner Head, Jordan Pond and the Bubbles Mountains right outside your window.

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Historic Lighthouses & National Park Tour by Boat

2.75 hours | Bar Harbor | BHB-620
  • Thunder Hole
  • Victorian Bar Harbor
  • Cranberry Islands
  • Lighthouses
  • Acadia National Park

Discover five of Maine's most beautiful lighthouses on a jet-powered catamaran cruise through the craggy peninsulas, inlets and islands surrounding Acadia National Park. An on-board historian will provide plenty of fascinating facts about the park and the lighthouses.

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Sea Kayaking Frenchman Bay

2.5 hours | Bar Harbor | BHB-880
  • Cadillac Mountain

Glide through the picturesque waters of Frenchman Bay and take in stunning views of its coastline, the Porcupine Islands and Bar Harbor's historic waterfront from the seat of a sea kayak. Your knowledgeable guide will provide instruction and commentary about the Gulf of Maine and Frenchman Bay as you paddle.

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Acadia By Sea and Schoodic Peninsula

2.75 hours | Bar Harbor | BHB-655
  • Acadia National Park
  • Lighthouses

Cruise the picturesque Frenchman Bay and take in awe-inspiring Acadia National Park. Marvel at the panoramic vistas of this sprawling wilderness, and photograph such landmarks as Egg Rock Lighthouse, towering Otter Cliff, the magnificent summer cottages along the shoreline and Schoodic Peninsula, a dramatic stretch of granite coastline.

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Whale Watching Cruise

4 hours | Bar Harbor | BHB-640
  • Victorian Bar Harbor

Looking for big thrills? Then climb aboard a comfortable jet powered catamaran for an exhilarating adventure in search of the world's largest animals. Cruise offshore into the Gulf of Maine, past the Porcupine Islands, Egg Rock Lighthouse and Acadia National Park for an unforgettable look at finback, humpback, and minke whales.

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Acadia National Park & Looking Glass Restaurant

3 hours | Bar Harbor | BHB-105
  • Victorian Bar Harbor
  • Acadia National Park
  • 27-Mile Park Loop Road
  • Thunder Hole

Take a tour of Acadia National Park's colorful scenery from the comfort of your transportation. Perfect for those who prefer a minimum amount of walking; this excursion offers a scenic photo stop at Thunder Hole or Schooner Head Overlook (if parking is available), followed by dessert and refreshments at The Looking Glass Restaurant.

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Acadia National Park & Cadillac Mountain

2.25 hours | Bar Harbor | BHB-100
  • Victorian Bar Harbor
  • Cranberry Islands
  • Acadia National Park
  • 27-Mile Park Loop Road
  • Cadillac Mountain

Relax for a leisurely drive along the stunning coastline of Acadia National Park, past famous sights such as the Jordan Pond House, hand-cut stone bridges and Cadillac Mountain for sweeping views of the spectacular shoreline and outlying islands.

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Create your Day at Acadia National Park

1.5 hours | Bar Harbor | BHB-230
  • Acadia National Park
  • 27-Mile Park Loop Road

Customize your own adventure in magnificent Acadia National Park. Travel by motorcoach along the 27-mile Park Loop Road. Your transportation makes three key stops along the way, and you may hop off to explore in depth or just sit back and relax on the whole loop of this famed scenic byway.

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Acadia National Park by Bicycle

2.5 hours | Bar Harbor | BHB-450
  • Victorian Bar Harbor
  • Acadia National Park

Pedal through the natural wonders of Acadia National Park on a 24-speed mountain bike as your guide recounts Mount Desert's colorful history, lore, and legends. You'll bike along the famous carriage trails built by Rockefeller with plenty of time to observe the park's wildlife and take photos.

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Lobster Demonstration and Lobster Bake

2.75 hours | Bar Harbor | BHB-650
  • Lobster Bake

Maine's lobsters set the standard by which all the world's lobsters are judged. Learn about the lobster's place in Maine's history and other fascinating facts aboard a Downeast Maine Lobster fishing boat. Cruise the waters of Frenchman Bay, watch a lobster fishing demonstration, then dock at the wharf for a scrumptious lobster feast.

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Carriage Ride in Acadia National Park

3.5 hours | Bar Harbor | BHB-140
  • 27-Mile Park Loop Road
  • Victorian Bar Harbor
  • Acadia National Park

Climb aboard a horse-drawn carriage in Acadia National Park and travel around Day Mountain and across hand carved granite bridges built by John D. Rockefeller, Jr.

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Acadia National Park & Lobster Bake

3.5 hours | Bar Harbor | BHB-115
  • Victorian Bar Harbor
  • Acadia National Park
  • 27-Mile Park Loop Road
  • Lobster Bake

Discover the incomparable beauty of Acadia National Park with a drive along Park Loop Road, pausing for photos at a scenic stop en route to a scrumptious lobster lunch with all the trimmings.

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Jewels of Acadia National Park

4 hours | Bar Harbor | BHB-130
  • Acadia National Park
  • 27-Mile Park Loop Road
  • Cadillac Mountain
  • Thunder Hole

Discover the breathtaking gems of Acadia National Park with a tour of its most dazzling sights. Visit Mother Nature's wonder known as Thunder Hole. Savor fresh popovers and coffee while enjoying the mountains and lake from Jordan Pond House. And behold the spectacular views atop magnificent Cadillac Mountain.

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Acadia & Bass Harbor Lighthouse by Van

5 hours | Bar Harbor | BHB-305
  • Acadia National Park
  • Thunder Hole
  • Lighthouses

Enjoy a leisurely and comprehensive tour around the breadth of Mt. Desert Island. Witness the solemn majesty of Acadian National Park. Visit Thunder Hole, known for its rumbling roar and the iconic 160-year-old Bass Harbor Lighthouse. Then, stroll the quaint streets of the island's most historic hamlets.

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Bar Harbor Highlights & Lobster Bake

5.5 hours | Bar Harbor | BHB-120
  • Cranberry Islands
  • Acadia National Park
  • 27-Mile Park Loop Road
  • Cadillac Mountain
  • Thunder Hole
  • Victorian Bar Harbor
  • Lobster Bake

Enjoy a leisurely tour through Acadia National Park with photo stops at many of the Park's most fascinating landmarks. Highlights include Cadillac Mountain, the highest point on the North American coast, the dramatic Thunder Hole, the picturesque Jordan Pond House and Sieur de Monts Springs Nature Center. A delicious lobster bake awaits you for lunch.

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The Ultimate Island Experience & Lunch: A Small Group Tour

4 hours | Bar Harbor | BHB-135
  • Thunder Hole
  • Acadia National Park
  • 27-Mile Park Loop Road
  • Cadillac Mountain

Step into a luxury limo coach for a relaxing tour of Acadia National Park, the second most visited national park in the United States. Also enjoy a three course luncheon at one of Bar Harbor's fine restaurants.

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