EASTPORT, Maine (AP) - Eastport is getting a visit from a cruise ship in what's being called the first visit of its kind for the city.
Friday's visit by Blount Small Ship Adventure Line's cruise ship is the first of five scheduled to stop in Eastport through the fall.
Maine's economic development office says the Eastport visits are likely to bolster the $35 million economic impact of the cruise ship industry on the state.
America's easternmost city is so excited about Friday's visit that it trained local volunteer "ambassadors" to greet the dozens of passengers and crew as they stepped off the ship. Many local businesses are offering special tours, discounts and presentations.
Two more cruises arrive Aug. 15 and 26; and two other maiden voyages will arrive in Eastport in September and October.
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