Cruise Ship Landing in Portsmouth, New Hampshire

A massive cruise ship is coming to Portsmouth, New Hampshire, three times this summer.  Here are the dates that you might want to avoid Market Square (or anywhere else in the city).

This looks like a beautiful ship if you are into cruising.

Where Will This Cruise Ship Dock?

The website,, doesn't give specifics on where the ship itself is going to dock. However, there's really on one way into Portsmouth via water.  Since the route goes from Boston into Maine, then down to New Hampshire, the only way in is along the Piscataqua River.

Here's Exactly Where the Cruise Ship Will Dock in Portsmouth

I called Grand New England Cruise Lines to find out for sure (they couldn't have been nicer, by the way).  The person who answered the phone said that it was going to dock at 555 Market Street.  That makes total sense.  If you don't know where that is, it's not far from the Isles of Shoals Steamship Company, almost across the street from the Sheraton Harborside.

Here are the dates that the Cruise Ship will be in Portsmouth:

  • July 8, 2024
  • July 22, 2024
  • August 19, 2024

These aren't going to be the only dates that the ship is rolling into town.  They also have cruises scheduled for next year, which you can check out on their website.

Cruisers will have the choice to explore many things in Portsmouth when they arrive:

  • Explore on bikes:  I wouldn't recommend doing this.  Portsmouth's downtown is easily walkable, and the most picturesque part of the city.  No bike needed.
  • Strawberry Banke Museum:  Yup, okay.  Won't take you too long
  • Wine Tasting at the Library (Rockingham)  Now you're talkin'.  Beautiful, old architecture.  Bring all your money
  • Moffatt-Ladd House:   Don't know.  I've never been.
  • Sea Love Candlemaking:  Sounds fun if you're into that sort of thing.
  • Portsmouth Local Loop:  Not sure what they mean by that, but if it implies shopping, then YES!
  • Portsmouth Paddle Boarding Experience:  SUPER fun, BUT, if any other stop on this trip offers paddle boarding in Maine, save it for Maine.

How Much Are These New England Cruises?

Approximately $12,000 PER PERSON, and many of their rooms are already sold out.  Wow.  Listen.  If you want to see all the stops on this cruise, let me be your personal cruise director and I'll only charge you $10,000 for TWO people, no kids, for 15 days.  You can sleep at my house in the basement with its own bathroom and kick-ass shower.  That's a bargain.

The cruise itinerary:

  • Day 1, Boston, MA
  • Day 2, Portland, ME
  • Day 3, Bath, ME
  • Day 4, Boothbay ME
  • Day 5, Bar Harbor, ME
  • Day 6, Bangor, ME
  • Day 7 Rockland & Camden, ME
  • Day 8, Portsmouth, NH
  • Day 9, Gloucester, MA
  • Day 10, Provincetown, MA
  • Day 11, Newport, RI
  • Day 12, Martha's Vineyard, MA
  • Day 13, Nantucket/Martha's Vineyard, MA
  • Day 14, Plymouth, MA
  • Day 15, Boston, MA

How do you feel about cruise lines stopping in Portsmouth, New Hampshire?

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