PORTLAND – Two cruise ships will homeport at the Ocean Gateway this summer for cruises up and down the Maine coast.

The first ship, the American Glory, will arrive Thursday. The ship will take eight-day cruises from Portland to other Maine coastal communities, including Boothbay Harbor, Bar Harbor, Camden, Belfast, Castine and Rockland.

The American Glory, operated by American Cruise Line, carries about 50 passengers.

The American Glory will be joined by the Independence, also operated by American Cruise Line, beginning July 2. It will also be homeported at Portland’s Ocean Gateway facility and will have a similar Maine coast and harbors itinerary. The Independence carries 104 passengers.

Portland officials say they expect 70 ships, carrying 75,370 passengers to call in Portland this summer. Both the number of ships and the number of passengers are records for the city.

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