The cruise industry did Mid Atlantic and North East travelers a huge favor when it expanded its departure ports to include New York, Boston, and Baltimore. Families in the region can now drive and park to the ship instead of flying, thus saving hundreds on airfare and baggage fees, lowering the total cost of travel.
Carnival, Royal Caribbean, and American Cruise Line are the three brands that have established their presence in the Baltimore market thus far. Cruises leaving from the city sail to the Bahamas, Bermuda, New England, Canada, the Chesapeake Bay, the Inland Waterway and the Eastern Caribbean.
Because of Baltimore’s location on the Eastern seaboard, most of the trips to the Caribbean are 5+ day journeys – the majority of which last 7 days. The further the destination, the longer the cruise, with several days at sea instead of in port.
American Cruise Line is a less-known company – their cruises sail along the Intracoastal Waterway from Baltimore. They are akin to river cruising, journeying into shallow waters where the bigger ships aren’t able to go. Cruisers can travel from Baltimore to local ports in Maryland including: Annapolis, Solomons Island, Oxford, Cambridge, and St. Michaels. American also makes stops into Virginia ports (Norfolk, Yorktown, Tangier Island) as well as North Carolina (Oriental, Morehead City, Wilmington) and South Carolina (Myrtle Beach, Charleston).
One of the best features of cruising from the Port of Baltimore is that it’s just minutes away from the Inner Harbor, where travelers can stay overnight at any one of the city’s top hotels, including the likes of The Four Seasons Baltimore and the Intercontinental. Parking at the South Locust Point Marine Terminal costs only $15.00 per day for passenger cars, shaving hundreds of dollars off of local travelers’ total costs.