Day 3 of the cruise was our first in port. We spent the day in Portland, Maine, which is a wonderful city. We arrived early in Portland, so we spent some time at a coffee shop near the port, relaxing and getting caffeinated for the day ahead. Around 9:30, we headed to Victoria Mansion. Built between 1858 and 1860, the mansion's contents are about 90% original to the first owners. They have turned the carriage house into a gift shop, which I thought was a great use of space. We were able to take a tour (included in the price of admission) with a very knowledgeable docent. The taking of photographs is not allowed in the house, so I recommend checking out their website.
After our tour ended, we spent time wandering around Portland. Eventually making our way to the pier.
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We decided the best way to see the area of Portland was by trolley, so we took a short tour of the area.
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We followed the tour with a late lunch at Bull Feeney's Irish Pub and then headed back to the ship for a relaxing night as we sailed further up the Maine coast to Bar Harbor.
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