Baltimore Cruise Port is a part of Helen Delich Bentley Port of Baltimore. It is located on the Patapsco river banks in central Maryland. It is operated by MPA, the Maryland Port Administration.
The port's schedule includes attractive itineraries the whole year-round. Most popular destinations are the Eastern Caribbean and Bahamas, as well as Bermuda in the Summer and New England during Fall. Most of the embarking cruise passengers (up to 90%) arrive at the terminal by cars. Of those, the largest numbers are residents of Pennsylvania, Washington DC and NOVA (Northern Virginia).
In October 2016, Baltimore cruise port had a record number of ship calls and handled passengers due to homeported here Carnival and Royal Caribbean vessels. The port was also visited by several luxury cruise lines ships, among which Azamara, Silversea, Hapag-Lloyd. In 2016, Baltimore port signed a 5-year extension agreement with Carnival Corporation and a 3-year contract with RCCL Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.
The largest companies homeporting ships in Baltimore on a year-round basis are Carnival (with Carnival Pride) and RCI Royal Caribbean (with Grandeur Of The Seas). Most of the port calls here are on transition itineraries, in 2018, RCI addes in the summer more voyages to Canada New England, while Carnival added 14-day "Carnival Journeys" itineraries in January and December.
Baltimore cruise terminal
Baltimore cruise terminal was moved in 2006 from Dundakl Port to South Locus Point. The BWI Airport is only at 10 min drive distance from the port. Less than 1 hour takes to reach Washington DC and Annapolis MD. Interstate 95 (I-95 highway) is only 0,7 ml (1,2 km) from the port.
The Maryland Cruise Terminal was redesigned to serve the increasing number of roundtrip itineraries out of Baltimore. The terminal building offers restrooms, pay phones, vending machines, ATMs, check-in counters, VIP room, huge parking space (advanced reservations not required).
- The size of the terminal building is approx 75,700 m2 (815,000 ft2).
- The length of each of the 2 docking berths is 1139 ft (347 m) with water depth 35 ft (9) m.
- In 2016-2017, Port of Baltimore has made several improvements. Among those were separate VIP check-in room, new public address system (electronic sound amplification-distribution system), new check-in counters, enclosed waiting area (for disembarking passengers), additional parking lot (capacity up to 500 cars).
The cruise ship terminal's convenient location (on I-95) and its large and cheap parking are beneficial for the port's business growth. Also convenient is that the terminal has separate docking areas for Carnival and RCCL ships, plus a third area ready for another major cruise company to homeport a vessel here.
Smaller-sized cruise vessels use for berthing Baltimore's Constellation Pier. Among the companies that dock ships there is American Cruise Lines.
Baltimore tours, shore excursions, hotels
City Tours and Shore Excursions
- Fort McHenry: the historic highlight is half-a-mile away from Baltimore cruise port. The place is famous with the 1982 battle between the American soldiers and the British forces. This inspired the Star Spangled Banner by Francis Scott Key. He was a witness of the battle from an anchored boat.
- Baltimore Museum of Industry: discover the 19th century history of the commerce and industry in the region of Baltimore.
- Federal Hill: take an amazing look over Inner Harbor from a beautiful green area with narrow path and high trees.
- American Visionary Art Museum: interesting place to visit. The American Visionary Art museum is dedicated to the untrained artist. Discover surprisingly enjoyable exhibition of paintings and sculptures. Maryland Science Center: discover galleries like Chesapeake Bay’s blue crab, outer space, geology, dinosaurs, the human body and newtonian physics.
- Harborplace shopping center: 100 shops and 15 dining places, the paradise for any shopaholic.
- Historic Ships in Baltimore Museum: discover the USS Torsk, the Lightship Chesapeake, the Seven Foot Knoll Lighthouse, USS Constellation and USCGC Taney.
- National Aquarium: the great underwater world with exhibits like a large shark tank, acrobatic dolphin, a stingray pool and animal planet Australia.
- Fell’s Point: located a mile away from the Inner Harbor, direction East. It was the a huge area for building privateer ships in the early years of the 19th century. Currently, you will find cobblestone streets, tall period houses and narrow market places. You can have a coffee if you are tired of touring the city highlights.
Port Baltimore cruise ship schedule shows timetable calendars of all arrival and departure dates by month. The port's schedule lists all ships (in links) with cruises going to or leaving from Baltimore, Maryland. To see the full itineraries (ports of call dates and arrival / departure times) and their lowest rates – just follow the corresponding ship-link.
|4 November, 2018|
|6 November, 2018|
|10 November, 2018|
|Grandeur Of The Seas||16:00|
|18 November, 2018|
|22 November, 2018|
|Grandeur Of The Seas||07:00||16:00|
|25 November, 2018|
The Baltimore cruise port map is interactive. It shows the port's exact location, along with the real-time cruise ship traffic (if any) in its vicinity - today, and right now. By zooming-out you can see other cruise ship ports located near Baltimore, Maryland.
If you lose the Baltimore location on the map, simply reload the page (also with F5 button). This feature is integrated with the CruiseMapper's cruise ship tracker tracking the vessels' current positions at sea and in ports.
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