Most cruises that include Baltimore feature Baltimore as their starting port. Taking a cruise from Baltimore is an excellent opportunity to visit a wonderful city, on top of enjoying a fantastic vacation. Baltimore is a historic harbor-side city filled with a wide range of tourist attractions, great food (particularly their famous crab cakes) and shopping. Cruises from Baltimore are especially popular among those that live within driving distance of the port, allowing them to take a vacation without the hassle of flying.
Destination-wise, the most often featured cruise destinations for cruises that include Baltimore are the Bahamas, Bermuda, and the Caribbean. A few Canada & New England cruises are usually available each year as well. There are even a small selection of Potomac River cruises available that include Baltimore in their itinerary.
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Becoming more and more popular, a river cruise is an immerse and destination-focused vacation experience, on a small and luxurious vessel.
River cruises sail through the inland waterways of some of the world's most interesting vacation destinations (i.e. Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and North America), and provide their guests with a greater opportunity to spend time visiting more unique ports of call than a traditional cruise typically would.
Because the destination is the star of a river cruise, (typically guided) shore excursions are included at no additional charge by many River cruise lines. There are usually many interesting lectures given during the cruise, by experts on the history and culture of the region being visited.
Among the famous rivers that one may take a river cruise on are the Rhine, Mississippi, Seine, Danube, Mekong, Nile, Yangtze, Amazon and Douro.
These cruise lines offer a truly unique vacation experience, with a wide range of possible amenities and itineraries. Some are expedition cruise lines, others have sailing yachts or are coastal ships.
On these types of cruise lines, there's usually a focus on a specific destination or theme. Itineraries are usually very destination intensive, aided by the fact that they're able to reach many ports of call that larger ships can't.
Expedition cruise lines are a great fit for adventure-seeking travelers, featuring exciting destinations like the Galapagos Islands, Antarctica, and the Norwegian coast. During the cruise, there will usually be plenty of interesting lectures given by experts on the destination being visited. Often, shore excursions are included in the cost of the cruise. In fact, some of these cruise lines have all-inclusive pricing. There's a definite focus on the ship's surrounding scenery, as well as opportunities to view wildlife in their natural habitat. Small, but comfortable, ships are commonplace here, with anywhere from basic to very luxurious public spaces, cuisine, and accommodations (depending on the cruise line and ship).
Sailing Yachts, sail-assisted motor ships, offer a really unique vacation experience. Accommodations and cuisine on these intimate vessels can be anywhere from good to fantastic, depending on the cruise line. Destinations offered by these cruise lines may include the Caribbean, Europe, Panama Canal, Tahiti, and Costa Rica.
Value is a key feature of these popular cruise lines, as they offer lots of activities, entertainment and dining options, along with a variety of stateroom types. Some of the cruise lines in this category have ships with unique innovations like water slides, rock-climbing walls, ice-skating rinks, surfing simulators, bowling alleys, and boardwalks.
Their ships are usually anywhere from mid-sized to very large "mega" ships, accommodating thousands of guests. These ships give the feel of being in a large resort.
Mainstream cruise lines are a great option for just about everyone (including multi-generation families, and first-time cruisers), and typically have great youth programs.
During the cruise, entertainment may include Broadway productions, Vegas-style shows, comedians, and music. Some of these lines have select formal nights during the cruise. Specialty restaurants are becoming more and more common (some which have a cover charge for this type enhanced dining experience). Buffets are usually available throughout the day, besides room service, and the main dining room(s).
These are just a few of the more popular tourist attractions in Baltimore, along with a brief description:
♦ The Inner Harbor One of the most popular places to go in Baltimore is its beautiful, attraction-filled, Inner Harbor. Without a doubt, this area is one of Baltimore's most historic and well-known landmarks. Within the Inner Harbor are fantastic restaurants and shopping venues (many of which are located within Harborplace), famous retired military ships (including the civil-war era USS Constellation), the National Aquarium (one of the largest aquariums in the world) and museums (such as the Maryland Science Center). Inner Harbor is also within walking distance of Oriole Park at Camden Yards (where the Baltimore Orioles play professional baseball) and M&T Bank Stadium (home of the NFL's Baltimore Ravens).
♦ Fort McHenry Made a national park in 1925, this historic star-shaped fort is best known for its important role in the War of 1812, when it was able to help defend Baltimore against the British navy. During this attack, Francis Scott Key was inspired to write what would later become the national anthem of the United States, “The Star-Spangled Banner.” It has become a tradition, after each redesign of the American Flag, for it to first fly at this venue prior to doing so anywhere else. History-buffs that are taking a cruise from Baltimore may enjoy visiting this historic landmark.
♦ Top of the World Observation Level Located on the 27th floor of Baltimore's World Trade Center (in the Inner Harbor), this venue offers a spectacular 360-degree view of the surrounding area in Maryland. There are also stationed binoculars, photo-map guides and audio-visual presentations about the history of Baltimore. It is a wonderful place to enjoy the view of this amazing city right before or after your cruise from Baltimore.
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