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Guide To Baltimore Cruise Port, Maryland

Updated on July 22, 2011
Baltimore Skyline
Baltimore Skyline

Baltimore, Charm City

Baltimore is positioned in central Maryland, on the shoreline of Chesapeake Bay. 

In the early eighteenth century the region was a hub of tobacco farms, and a port was built on the bay to facilitate the trade of tobacco products to Europe. Baltimore began as a little township by the port, providing for the requirements of the prosperous docks. As more items like sugar from the Caribbean and grain from nearby farms were shipped by the docks, the town carried on growing.

In the Revolutionary War, congress convened in Henry Fite House during late 1776 until early 1777, so Baltimore was the the United States’ capital until congress moved back to Philadelphia. The war spurred boat building in Baltimore, and the Fell’s Point yards constructed both merchant and armed ships. In 1812 British forces attempted to negate the threat by attacking the city, but were eventually repulsed in the heroic Battle of Baltimore.

In the In the middle of the 19th century the construction of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad made possible the transport of corn from the mid-West to the port and provided a big increase to the economy of the city.

In 1904 a huge  fire raged through the center of Baltimore, resulting in the destruction of over 1500 buildings. A phase of reconstruction began, this time employing fire resistant materials.

A further phase of renewal happened in the 1980s,  with an ambitious project to redesign the Inner Harbor area. This waterfront district is today a big hit with tourists, and popular destinations include  the Maryland Science Center, the American Visionary Art Museum, Harborplace shopping center, the National Aquarium, the Baltimore Museum of Industry and the Historic Ships Museum.

Baltimore has developed into the United States’ 8th largest port, spreading over 23 miles of shoreline. Aside from thriving trade operations, the port features a new cruise terminal.  Cruise ships operate cruises to New England, Bermuda, the Caribbean and the Bahamas.

Baltimore Cruise Port
Baltimore Cruise Port

Cruise Ship Facilities At Baltimore

The Maryland Cruise Terminal, a former warehouse was inaugurated in 2006 on the South Locust Point coastline. The terminal building has the essential facilities including restrooms, vending machines, pay phones, check-in desks and an ATM. A large parking area for passengers’ use stands next to the cruise terminal.

The cruise port boasts a single berth,1149ft long and 35ft deep, which limits the cruise port to just one cruise ship.

For the cruise port website, see Cruise Mayland.

Beach At Nassau
Beach At Nassau

Itineraries On Offer

Favorite all year long cruises include the eastern Caribbean and the Bahamas. These destinations offer warm weather even in winter, with sunny days and balmy evenings.

In summer, cruises to Bermuda often stay 2 days, so you can enjoy the exciting nightlife. Also available in summer are cruises along the eastern seaboard of New England and Canada, with historic and charming ports.

See cruises from Baltimore for a complete selection of cruises.

Baltimore National Acquarium
Baltimore National Acquarium

Things To Do In Baltimore

Baltimore has lots of appeal for the tourist, with several enjoyable sights.  The Inner Harbor Visitor Center to find information, trail maps and leaflets to help plan your day.  The Baltimore Water Taxi, which shuttles around the harbor, is a great method of traveling around the sights.

Fort McHenry
Just half-a-mile to the west of the cruise terminal lies strategically placed Fort McHenry overlooking the bay. During the 1812 War, United States forces stationed at Fort McHenry succeeded in defending the city from attack by the British in a furious clash. Francis Scott Key saw the Battle of Baltimore from a ship floating in the bay, and he was inspired to write the words of the Star Spangled Banner.

Baltimore Museum of Industry
The rooms show early era machines, tinted photos and original documents detailing the history of industry in Baltimore.

Federal Hill
Federal Hill got its name after a night of partying caused by  the state of Maryland’s inclusion in the constitution of the USA. Revelers launched a mock sailing ship, called the ‘Federalist’ from the top of the hill into the harbor. Today it’s a a small park, giving a splendid viewpoint over the city.

Maryland Science Center
The rooms at the Maryland Science Center showcase newtonian physics, outer space, geology, the human body, dinosaurs and Chesapeake Bay’s blue crab. Also on site there’s an IMAX theater and a planetarium.

Harborplace shopping center
A shoppers’ dream with over 100 stores and nearly 15 food outlets.  See street performers in the central area.

National Aquarium
Learn about the ocean world at the National Aquarium. Popular features include animal planet Australia, leaping dolphins, a large shark tank and a stingray zone.

Fell's Point
About a mile east of Inner Harbor lies the historic neighborhood of Fell’s Point. During the first part of nineteenth century United States ships were mandated to loot British vessels, and Fell’s Point was home to many shipyards constructing privateer ships. The small market places, tall townhouses and cobblestone streets are reminiscent of those early years. Today the tourist will also discover several cafes for a welcome break from seeing the sights.

Journeying To/From the Cruise Port of Baltimore

From The Airport
BWI airport offers frequent flights from lots of places around the US, as well as from abroad. Maryland cruise port is about 5 miles from the airport, ten minutes by the cruise shuttle express or taxi.

By Car
From both Annapolis and Washington it takes around an hour to the Maryland cruise terminal.

From the North
Head along I-95 south under the Ft McHenry tunnel. Stay in the right hand lane as you exit the tunnel. Take Exit 55, signed Key Highway and Ft McHenry. Pass below the highway. Make a left at the lights onto East McComas street. Follow the signs to the South Locust Point Cruise Maryland Terminal.

From the South
Follow I-95 north to Exit 55, Key Highway. From the ramp, stay straight ahead on East McComas Street. The Maryland Terminal is on the right.

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