- Associated Press - Monday, October 31, 2016

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - Portland officials say 2016 was a record-breaking year for the Port of Portland in terms of passengers and use.

The port saw the most maiden voyages in its history with nine, and exceeded 100,000 passengers for the first time. That was a six percent increase over last year.

The port also welcomed the largest cruise ship in its history this year with the arrival of the Anthem of the Seas. The ship had nearly 5,000 passengers and 1,500 crew members.

The city says the total number of crew at the port also increased by 10 percent.

Cruise Portland marketing manager Bob Leeman says a study done last year based on 55,000 passengers showed an economic impact of $5.8 million from the port. He says it will be more this year.

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