Snuggled on the banks of the Patapsco River, resting on the shores of majestic Chesapeake Bay, the Port of Baltimore offers something unique to very large percentage of people living in the United States.  That is accessibility.

Roughly 60 million Americans live in the area stretching from Washington D.C., up through Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, New York City and Boston.  Add to that, nearly 22 million people who live in Eastern Canada.  For a very large number of people possibly looking to take a vacation, the Port of Baltimore, Maryland, is conveniently near by.

With cruises now leaving Baltimore year-round for destinations including Bermuda, New England and Atlantic Canada, and the Eastern Caribbean, the city is fast becoming one of the more popular ports for the cruise industry.

Celebrating Convenience and History

Carnival Pride leaving Baltimore: Source Washington Post Oct 2009

It used to be that you had to fly to Florida to enjoy a sunny Caribbean cruise during the winter.  Now, nearly 100 cruises start off in Baltimore, generating more than $150 million dollars for the local economy.  Royal Caribbean, Celebrity and Carnival Cruise Lines all offer a variety of cruises from the port, with all three recently expanding their sailing schedule to include winter months.

The South Locust Point Terminal is easily visible from the I-95 highway, often called the U.S. East Coast’s main street. More than 44 million people see the terminal every year as they drive right by it.  It’s less than three miles from downtown Baltimore, just 10 miles from the airport, and less than an hour’s drive from Washington D.C.

A cab ride from the Baltimore airport will cost you about $20, but for millions of people, the joy of the port is that you can drive to it.  Don’t worry, there is plenty of secure parking within walking distance, at a cost of $15 a day for passenger cars.  No reservations necessary.

If you don’t live in the Baltimore area, the region also offers a great opportunity to see some of America’s most historic sites.

If you have a few hours to kill before your cruise departs, the National Aquarium offers a fascinating look at more than 16,000 animals from more than 600 different species.  You can also walk on the decks of the USS Constellation, which played an important role in the Civil War by intercepting ships and disrupting the African slave trade.

If you are literary minded, the great American poet Edgar Allen Poe made his home in Baltimore, which is now the Poe House and Museum.  You can also visit his nearby gravesite.

Of course, the city and the region also played key roles in the American Revolution, so why not add a day or two onto your trip, and take in other historic sites, including Gettysburg, Monticello, Mount Vernon, and of course, everything on offer in Washington D.C.?

So, while millions of people may find the Port of Baltimore a convenient and accessible place to begin their incredible cruise vacation, there is also plenty to do and see in the area to make your vacation historic in its own right.

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