The largest city in the state of Maryland, Baltimore’s network of neighbourhoods is nicknamed ‘Charm City’ and contains over 300 smaller districts stitched together by a friendly ‘Bawlmerese’ twang. Here, sports, culture and science combine to bring visitors and locals an endless amount of vibrant entertainment and exciting events. That said, an air of small town charm still manages to make its way into this big city.
Carnival Cruise Lines, Holland America Line, Disney Cruise Line and America Cruise Line all offer return journeys from Baltimore.
The Baltimore cruise port, known as the Cruise Maryland Terminal, is located at 2001 East McComas Street, Baltimore. Large cruise ships tend to dock here whilst smaller ships and yachts dock at the Inner Harbor. The Inner Harbor is roughly a 10 minute drive from the Cruise Terminal.
Both the Inner Harbor and the Cruise Maryland Terminal are equipped with basic facilities.
Restaurants and shops can be found at the Inner Harbor, which is also within walking distance of a few major attractions.
Facilities at the Cruise Maryland Terminal include:
How to Get Around
If docking at the Inner Harbor, many of the attractions are within walking distance; however, taxis are also readily available. Cabs can be a little more challenging to find at the Cruise Maryland Terminal; however, a privately owned bus service called the Charm City Circulator runs regularly along four routes. You can catch the blue coloured Banner Line from East Fort Avenue into the centre. A water taxi and light rail system can also transport you to sights a little further away from the port.
Travel times from the port:
It is a 43 minute journey to the National Aquarium
It is a 46 minute journey to Oriole Park at Camden Yards
It is a 60 minute journey to the Walters Art Museum.
It is a 10 minute journey to the National Aquarium
It is an 8 minute journey to Oriole Park at Camden Yards
It is a 13 minute journey to the Walters Art Museum
It is an 18 minute journey to the Baltimore Museum of Art.
Currency – The U.S. Dollar is accepted in Baltimore. U.S coins appear in 1 cent, 5 cents, 10 cents (dime), 25 cents (quarter), 50 cents (half dollar) and $1. Banknotes are available in $1, $2, $5, $10, $20, $50 and $100, and are all green in colour.
Time Zone – Eastern Standard Time is observed in Baltimore, which is 5 hours behind Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). From March to November, the clock moves forward one hour (4 hours behind UTC) for Daylight Savings Time.
Weather – Baltimore has four distinct seasons throughout the year. Winter, which runs from December to January, sees an average temperature around 2.1 degrees Celsius and snow or sleet (freezing rain) is not uncommon. Summer, which runs from June to August, is hot and humid - temperatures rise to around 27.1 degrees Celsius and thunderstorms are frequent. Spring, however, tends to be the wettest season.
National Aquarium – With 7 levels housing over 16,000 specimens across 660 aquatic species, the National Aquarium is one of the most popular attractions in Baltimore and contains a ray pool, shark tank, touch pool, dolphin show and rooftop rainforest. If you have the chance, head over at night for one of their ‘after dark’ sessions that reveals a lesser known underwater world, accompanied by a sustainable seafood dinner.
The Walters Art Museum – This museum contains a vast collection of art and sculptures from around the globe that spans 5,000 years of history. Of particular interest are the museum’s collection of Egyptian sarcophagi, Monet paintings and works by some of the most respected European artists of their time. The museum is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays, and is open until 9pm on Thursday nights. Admission is free all year round. If contemporary art is more your style, you can also head over to the Baltimore Museum of Art in Charles Village.
Oriole Park at Camden Yards - Home of the Baltimore Orioles, Oriole Park (also referred to as Camden Yards) is a site of significant major league baseball history. Accommodating over 45,000 spectators, the park occupies an entire city block and was the first ‘retro’ baseball park to be built – a modern-day sporting arena designed to retain some old school charm for its most nostalgic fans. You can also tour the park for a small fee, as well as visit the museum of baseball legend, Babe Ruth.