If you’re a cruiser looking to set sail from the lovely east coast, you may be wondering which cruise lines leave from the Port of Baltimore. There are several cruise lines that leave from the Port of Baltimore, but first here’s a bit of background about this off-the-beaten-path port. The Port of Baltimore and South Locus Point Cruise Terminal is located on 14 acres owned by the Maryland Port Administration. The terminal is a 60,000 square foot passenger building and the berth is 1,139 feet in length. The depth at berth is 35 feet and the access channel is 50 feet.
This dedicated cruise terminal has seating for more than 750 cruise passengers, 36 mobile check-in stations, and parking for more than 500 vehicles. And finally, east coasters in the know choose the Port of Baltimore for safety and convenience – the terminal is conveniently located less than 200 yards off I-95, the major north-south route on the East Coast, and ample parking allows passengers to simply drive up and board their cruise ship
So, which cruise lines leave from the Port of Baltimore? Two of the biggest cruise lines in the industry today leave from the Port of Baltimore including Royal Caribbean International Cruise Line and Norwegian Cruise Line. Destinations include the Caribbean/Deep Caribbean, Bermuda, the Bahamas, Key West, and Canada/New England. Cruises travel through the Chesapeake Bay so there are plenty of sights to see along the way.
Royal Caribbean’s popular Grandeur of the Seas leaves from the Port of Baltimore. Grandeur of the Seas has a gross tonnage of 74,137 tons and it houses a crew of 760, with accommodations for 1,950 passengers. The ship is under 15 years old as of 2008. This modern Vision-class super liner also sails the Panama Canal, the Mexican Riviera, and variety of U.S. Coastal itineraries. Other Royal Caribbean Vision-class ships include Enchantment of the Seas, Legend of the Seas, Rhapsody of the Seas, Splendour of the Seas, and Vision of the Seas. Royal Caribbean International Cruise Lines has 23 vessels in its fleet.
Norwegian Cruise Lines’ Norwegian Majesty also leaves from the Port of Baltimore. This classic vessel is around 40,786 gross tons and it travels to Bermuda. Norwegian Majesty has nine passenger decks, more than 700 rooms and suites, and it accommodates 1,790 passengers. Norwegian Majesty also travels to the Caribbean and Canada/New England.
Although not as popular as Norwegian and Royal Caribbean, but still a favorite among those in the know, American Cruise Lines also leaves from the Port of Baltimore. American Cruise Lines’ American Eagle and American Cruise Lines American Star offer six, seven, and fourteen day U.S. and Canada cruises. The six day cruises cover Baltimore, Williamsburg, Yorktown, Tangier Island, Crisfield, Solomons, Cambridge, Oxford, Saint Michaels, Annapolis, and back to Baltimore, and the seven day cruise covers Baltimore, Norfolk, Oriental, Morehead City, Wilmington, Myrtle Beach, Charleston or the seven day Baltimore, Williamsburg, Yorktown, Tangier Island, Solomons, Cambridge, Oxford, Saint Michaels, Annapolis, and back to Baltimore.
Fourteen day American Cruise Lines cruises leaving from the Port of Baltimore travel to Baltimore, Norfolk, Oriental, Morehead City, Wilmington, Myrtle Beach, Charleston, Beaufort, Daufuskie Island, Hilton Head Island, Savannah, Saint Simons Island, Jekyll Island, and Amelia Island.
For more information about which cruise lines leave from the Port of Baltimore and scheduling information, visit the Port of Baltimore website: www.cruisemaryland.com.