Cruise line withdraws request to visit Bucksport



BUCKSPORT — The Town Council had intended at its Aug. 13 meeting to consider an American Cruise Lines request to dock in Bucksport during September.

However, the Guilford, Conn.-based company has decided to suspend all visits to Maine for the remainder of the year, according to a letter the company sent Bucksport Town Manager Susan Lessard on Monday.

“We value our relationship with all of our community partners throughout Maine and after thoughtful consideration with the utmost concern for the health and safety of your residents and our guests, American Cruise Lines has suspended all visits to Maine for the remainder of the 2020 season,” wrote Paul Taiclet, vice president of the cruise line.

While the town of Bucksport has historically been welcoming to visitors, including cruise ships, local officials had been set to consider the potential health implications of allowing a cruise ship to visit during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We look forward to working with Bucksport to prepare for the 2021 season so that American Cruise Lines’ ships may visit on a regular schedule,” Taiclet wrote. “We wish your community all the best as you work through this difficult time.”

Jennifer Osborn

Jennifer Osborn

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