When you think about taking a cruise, do you picture shipping out from somewhere in Florida? You’re not alone—in fact, most travelers choose to cruise out from departure ports in Florida, with Port Miami, Port Everglades, and Port Canaveral coming out on top as the busiest cruise ports in the United States in 2018.
If you’re looking to mix it up, there are TONS of port cities where cruises depart from, offering travelers opportunities to explore new cities before they head out on the open seas. So far, we’ve shared the best cruises you can take out of New Jersey and New Orleans. Today, we have another great cruise option for you: Baltimore, Maryland. Hometown to baseball legend Babe Ruth and Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps, Baltimore is a historical city full of interesting and fun things to do.
There are only a handful of cruises that currently cruise out from Baltimore, but a few of them are truly epic and worth considering. Here are our top 3 options:
If you’re looking for a week-long getaway to the Caribbean, the cruise line Carnival Pride is a great option. The cruise sets sail from Baltimore on the first night and then spends two glorious days at sea, where you can enjoy its variety of amenities, including a spa, mini-golf, 4 different pools (some with waterslides!), dance classes, live music, and so much more. Then on days 4 through 6, you’ll head to Grand Turk Island in Turks & Caicos, Half Moon Cay in the Bahamas (on the cruise line’s private island!) and Freeport on Grand Bahama Island. Think shore excursions!
The 7th day will be spent traveling back to Baltimore, so you can rejuvenate from your excursions and hit up any of the amenities that you missed along the way, with the trip ending on day 8. With prices for starting at $699, this cruise is also an incredible deal. For a bit more money, you can snag an ocean view–80% of the rooms on the 2,124-passenger ship offer them, which is much more than most have.
Planning on bringing kids on your cruise? This might be the perfect option for you. The Royal Caribbean’s Grandeur of the Seas excursion to Bermuda offers an Adventure Ocean program for kids from ages 3 to 17. In these programs, your kids will have the opportunity to meet others their age, learn about the destinations to which you’ll be traveling, and participate in fun activities tailored for their age range. While your kids have fun, you can take time to relax at the spa, hang out at the adults-only pool, or enjoy a quiet meal. The program is free until 10pm, after which you can pay an hourly rate if you want to head to a show or some other kind of entertainment. Oh, and did we mention that you’ll be cruising around Bermuda? After you leave Baltimore, you’ll set sail for a day and then dock in Kings Wharf, Bermuda for two whole days of exploration and fun. On day 5, you’ll cruise back to Maryland, so you can spend the day taking full advantage of the Adventure Ocean program and the ship’s other incredible amenities before disembarking on your final day. Sounds like a pretty ideal vacation, wouldn’t you say?
This 9-night, 10-day cruise takes off from Baltimore, Maryland and sails around some of the most beautiful destinations in New England. You’ll start with a day in historic Boston, Massachusetts, cruise up the coast to Portland, Maine, and then skip over to Bar Harbor (the home of Acadia National Park!). After that, you’ll be Canada-bound, making stops in Saint John, New Brunswick (Bay of Fundy) and Halifax, Nova Scotia. Each stop is a full day, so you can really take in all that New England has to offer, from food to history to entertainment and more. Also, one of the best things about cruises is that they include such a variety of experiences all in one vacation, making it easy for people who prefer different travel styles to enjoy themselves together. The Grandeur of the Seas is no exception. For travelers who want to relax on vacation, this cruise offers spas, pools, and world-class entertainment. For adventurers, the ship comes equipped with a rock climbing wall and daytime excursions include biking tours in Boston and hiking in Acadia National Park. And we haven’t even mentioned the food–another perk this cruise offers.
If you’re planning to take a vacation cruise out of Baltimore, Maryland (or anywhere else!), be sure to make sure you have the insurance coverage you need. You can learn more about your options here to get started.