Atlantic Port Of Departure - Baltimore

1 Introducing Baltimore

Baltimore is positioned on the Chesapeake Bay coastline of central Maryland.

A port was built on the bay in the early eighteenth century to export the crops of the many tobacco farms centered on the region. The port was a draw for commerce, and Baltimore was born when a little town grew around the docks. The town grew as new cargo like grain from the surrounding district, and molasses from the Caribbean, went through the port.

In the Revolutionary War, congress met in Henry Fite House during late 1776 until early 1777, so Baltimore became the USA’s capital until congress moved back to Philadelphia. The war provided an incentive to boat building in Baltimore, and the Fell’s Point yards constructed both trade and privateer ships.

In the War of 1812, Fort McHenry was central in the successful defense of Baltimore from the British in the famed Battle of Baltimore.

Constructed in the years 1828 to 1853 the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad facilitated the transport of grain from the mid-West to the docks and gave a big increase to business in the city.

Disaster struck the city when in 1904 a great fire destroyed most of buildings in the center. A period of rebuilding began, this time employing fire resistant materials.

In the late 20th century Baltimore again witnessed a time of busy rebuilding as the neglected Inner Harbor coastline got a total facelift.

Today Inner Harbor is a big draw for tourists, and popular destinations are the Maryland Science Center, Harborplace shopping center, the Baltimore Museum of Industry, the American Visionary Art Museum, the National Aquarium and the Historic Ships Museum.

Baltimore has become the USA’s eighth largest port, spreading over 25 miles of shoreline. As well as trade, the port has traditionally offered passenger services. The port was the 2nd biggest destination for immigrants through the 1920s and 1930s. Steamship cruises around the bay were all the rage in the 1950s and 1960s. Nowadays there’s a sunnier choice of cruises on offer, though, as cruise ships travel to the gorgeous Bahamas and Caribbean.


2 The Cruise Port Of Baltimore

In 2004 the Maryland Port Authority decided to relocate the out-of-date Dundalk cruise ship terminal. A big warehouse on South Locust Point was completely refurbished, opening as the Maryland Cruise Terminal in 2006.

The Maryland cruise terminal has the basic services including check-in desks, restrooms, an ATM, vending machines and pay phones. Next to the terminal stands a dedicated and very convenient parking lot, with capacity of over 1400 vehicles.

The docking facility is 1140ft in length and 35ft deep, restricting the port to just a single cruise ship.

Favorite all year long cruises include the Bahamas (Nassau and Freeport), and the Eastern Caribbean (Dominican Republic, Antigua, St Maarten and St Kitts). Here you’ll escape the miserable east coast winter, as you travel into warm weather.

During the summer, sailings to Bermuda generally stay two days, so passengers can savor the lively nightlife. Also on offer in the summer months are northward-bound cruises following the north-eastern states and Canada, with charming and historic ports.

See cruises from Baltimore for a comprehensive listing of cruises available.

For the Cruise Maryland website see Cruise Maryland.


3 Out And About In Baltimore

If you are departing from Baltimore on a cruise, it is well worth spending a day on side of your cruise or the other investigating some of the city's many attractions.

Fort McHenry
Half-a-mile from the cruise terminal stands historic Fort McHenry guarding the harbor. During the War of 1812, US forces stationed at Fort McHenry successfully defended the city from attack by the British in a ferocious clash. The Battle of Baltimore was observed by Francis Scott Key from a boat offshore, and he was moved into writing the lyrics to the Star Spangled Banner.

American Visionary Art Museum
This museum is dedicated to the work of the untrained artist, if recognized of having a worthwhile vision. Many completely untutored people are extremely gifted, and the sculptures and the paintings are engaging, surprising and enjoyable.

Harborplace shopping center
A shoppers’ paradise with more than 100 shops and 15 food outlets. See street performers in the central area.

Historic Ships in Baltimore Museum
At the Historic Ships Museum check out USCGC Taney (the last remaining ship from pearl harbor), the USS Constellation (tall mast clipper), the Seven Foot Knoll Lighthouse (the oldest screw pile lighthouse on the Chesapeake), the Lightship Chesapeake and the USS Torsk (a sub).

National Aquarium
Transport yourself to the ocean world at the National Aquarium. Favorite exhibits are animal planet Australia, a stingray pool, a massive shark tank and gymnastic dolphins.

Fell's Point
Around about a mile eastwards from Inner Harbor lies the notable area of Fell’s Point. In the 18th century the district was the center of a busy ship-building industry, creating clipper ships. The cobblestone streets, cramped market places and tall houses still evoke those early years. Today the visitor will also find many snack bars for a welcome break from exploring.


4 Traveling To The Baltimore Cruise Port

From The Airport
BWI airport has regular services from lots of airports in the US, as well as from abroad.

Baltimore cruise terminal is around 5 miles from the airport, a ten minute ride by taxi or the cruise shuttle express.

By Car
The cruise terminal is around an hour by car from both Washington and Annapolis.

From the North
Follow I-95 south through the Ft McHenry tunnel. Keep in the right side lane as you exit the tunnel. Turn off at Exit 55, signed for Key Highway and Ft McHenry. Drive under the highway. Make a left at the traffic lights to join East McComas street. Follow the signage to the Cruise Maryland Terminal.

From the South
Head along I-95 north to Exit 55, signed Key Highway. From the ramp, continue straight onto East McComas Street. The Maryland Terminal is on the right.

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