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Best cruises from Baltimore, Maryland

Cruise ship in Baltimore

If you are keen on a cruise holiday to Eastern Caribbean, Bahamas, Canada, Bermuda or New England look no further than Baltimore in Maryland.

If you club a few days in Baltimore with your cruise, it can be a perfect vacation. It isn’t without reason that this port city is also known as the ‘charm city.’

Baltimore was an integral part of the War in 1812 and thus is steeped in history which both kids and adults love exploring. The other attractions to check out are American Visionary Art Museum, Orioles Park at Camden Yards, and Baltimore Aquarium.

Cruise destinations from Baltimore

Cruises from Baltimore head out to four different destinations – Bermuda, Bahamas, Canada, New England, and the Caribbean.

While the Bahamas and the Caribbean are year-round destinations from Baltimore, the other destinations have fewer ships.

Baltimore Cruise Terminal

Baltimore Cruise Port’s Address: 2001 East McComas Street, Baltimore, Maryland 21230

The massive cruise ships dock at Cruise Maryland Terminal, while the smaller ships depart from the Inner Harbor.

Cruise Maryland Terminal is about 5 Kms (3 Miles) from the city. Get Directions

90 percent of passengers getting onto a cruise ship from the Baltimore cruise terminal are locals.

If you belong to the other 10 percent, you will be happy to know that the Baltimore Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport is just 16 Kms (10 Miles) from the port.

Best cruises from Baltimore

1. Grandeur of the Seas

Cruise Line: Royal Caribbean International

Grandeur of the Seas in Baltimore
Grandeur of the Seas, which departs from Baltimore, has activities to keep adults and kids entertained day and night. So if you are a family looking for a memorable cruise holiday, this ship is your best choice. Image: Roger Wollstadt

With ports of call in the Bahamas, Bermuda, and Canada, this Royal Caribbean International ship is one of the best cruises that depart from Baltimore. It is also one of the most affordable cruises sailing from Baltimore Port.

Grandeur of the Seas offers many cruise packages, most of them five days or longer in duration.

All inclusive cruises start from around 450 US Dollars (taxes extra). There are numerous attractive discounts on packages, like a thirty percent discount on each guest or children cruising free.

Grandeur of the Seas is among the smallest in the fleet. It was first introduced in 1996 and in 2012 it underwent a renovation. The Grandeur is now equipped with all modern amenities.

The public areas and cabins have been redesigned keeping in mind modern sensibilities. Accommodation ranges from small cabins to luxurious suites.

The ship can accommodate 2,440 passengers. It employs a crew of 760 who are diligent in caring for the cruisers.

Grandeur of the Seas does not have the surf simulator or the waterslides that are popular attractions of the Royal Caribbean line. However, it has six swimming pools and whirlpools. There is also a rock climbing wall, so your cruise itinerary will be active enough.

Adults who want to destress can find bliss in the sprawling casino. There are eight bars and lounges.

If you prefer you can also spend a few hours pampering yourself at the Vitality Spa.

As far as dining is concerned, cruises packages include dining at three onboard restaurants. There are three more specialty restaurants where you can enjoy a meal on payment of an extra fee.

Size of Ship: Large
Price of Tickets: Low
Overall Rating: 4
Health Rating: 4.5
Best cruise from Baltimore for: Families, Large group of friends

2. Carnival Pride

Cruise Line: Carnival Cruise Lines

Carnival Pride in Baltimore
Carnival Pride cruise ship departs from Baltimore. Image: Carnival-news.com

The Carnival Pride is among the best and the most affordable cruises that start from Baltimore. This is no doubt the most attractive combination a cruiser can look for.

To begin with, eighty percent of the rooms have views of the ocean, a feat few ships can boast of.

Budget accommodation is also available, so those looking for cheap cruise vacations from Baltimore need not despair.

Even the coziest of rooms come with plush furnishings, a private bathroom, and 24-hour room service.

Though once you check out the various activities on offer onboard, you will surely spend less time indoors.

Your all-inclusive cruise package will include most of the Fun Ship 2.0 features that are a hallmark of the Carnival Cruiseline ships.

There is the Punchliner comedy club, the Lip Synch Battle carnival, entry at the sprawling water park, Playlist productions and various programs for children.

Adults can add to their cruise itinerary activities such as sampling the Redfrog Pub, Guy’s burger joint or any of the seven onboard bars.

Specialty restaurants like Bonsai Sushi and Steakhouse can be accessed on payment of an extra fee. There is also a special kid’s menu that is included in your cruises packages.

The Carnival Pride has ports of call in various parts of the Caribbean islands.

Duration of cruise packages start from 7 days and go for up to two weeks.

Size of Ship: Large
Price of Tickets: Low
Overall Rating: 3.75
Health Rating: 4.0
Best cruise from Baltimore for: Families, Large group of friends

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