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Familiar Cruise Ship Docks In Bar Harbor 

The Enchantment of the Sea cruise ship is a familiar sight around Bar Harbor during the summer months. Despite the soggy weather, the ship is a welcome sight for local businesses. Salina Pierce, manager of the Quarterdeck Restaurant, says she could see a jump in her lunch business today. “We love having the Enchanted back in town,” she says, “the cruise ships are great. They bring business in town from june to the end of october and we love having them.” Some of the passengers, like Florida native Melissa Saint James, got their first look at Bar Harbor and tried to make the best of a wet situation. “We’re supposed to be going up Cadillac mountain into the ocean area but we’re trying to see if that’s still going to happen,” she says.Kathy Stanley spent a few hours in the rain waiting for her daughter Emma, who works on the ship. Emma is an MDI native, making her first stop in her home port in quite some time. “It’s just so exciting,” says Kathy Stanley, “I’m also expecting the friends we met on the ship, her friends that she’s bringing.””It’s awesome!” says Emma Stanley. “Usually when I’m in port, I’m in the carribbean, not in the rain but my whole family is here. It’s amazing.”After all her time away from home, there’s no doubt what she missed the most. “Definitely the lobster! And my family.””We’re having a little lobster bake at camp,” says Kathy, “her and her friends.”The reunion won’t last long. The ship is scheduled to leave Bar Harbor in just a few short hours. Next stop, Boston.