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Baltimore is the largest city in Maryland and an important seaport on the wide estuary of the Patapsco River. With several famous universities, in particular the Johns Hopkins University, museums and a renowned symphony orchestra, Baltimore is a major east coast cultural center. It was the birthplace of Edgar Allan Poe.
 
There's more to this city than the Orioles and Old Bay-seasoned crabs. From Little Italy to American Visionary Museum, see the attractions that reveal the many sides of Charm City. Carnival offers cruises from Baltimore. The Carnival Pride makes cruises to the Bahamas and the eastern Caribbean. The "fun ship" is sailing from Baltimore!

Royal Caribbean Cruise Line sails from Baltimore to a variety of destinations. Their big beautiful ship has all the amenities you could ask for. Get on a cruise to the Bahamas, the Caribbean, Bermuda or Canada.

American Cruise Line offers cruises around the Chesapeake Bay and down the Intracoastal Waterway from Baltimore. These small ships can visit ports and explore shallow waters where the big cruise ships cannot go.
 
Baltimore has a new dedicated passenger cruise terminal at South Locust Point. The new Baltimore cruise terminal is located just minutes from the famous Inner Harbor and just off of I-95. It's just a ten minute ride from BWI Airport. Both Annapolis and Washington can be reached by car from the Baltimore cruise port in under an hour.
 
The Baltimore cruise terminal is a converted 65,000-square-foot warehouse. The new facility, construction of a paved parking lot and dredging to accommodate the large cruise ships cost $13 million. 

The Port of Baltimore is more than 300 years old. In 1706, Maryland's legislators designated Whetstone Point as an official Port of Entry. Five small ports eventually merged to become the Port of Baltimore. The port has grown to 45 miles of shoreline and more than 3,400 waterfront acres. We have a page about Baltimore cruise transportation, to and from your ship.There are many hotels near the cruise terminal. Several are in the Inner Harbor area. Consider staying in the city to take in Baltimore's attractions.
 
Where you are Docked
The port is 3 miles from downtown. Taxis are at the terminal. About $5 one way.Parking ar the port is $15 a day.BWI Airport is located 10 miles south of Baltimore City and it is just 10.5 miles from Maryland's cruise terminal at South Locust Point. The cab fare is 27$ per taxi set by the state. Inner Harbor is home to many tasty restaurants, unique shopping, famous museums, live entertainment and local pubs and taverns. You'll find the basics in the cruise terminal -- restrooms, vending machines, an ATM, chairs and a bank of pay phones but not much else. You'll need a car or a cab for greater exploration.
 
Cruise passengers will have easy access to the Port of Baltimore South Locust Point Marine Terminal by private car or taxi. Travel to the Baltimore Cruise Terminal is fast and convenient. Located in downtown Baltimore at South Locust Point, the Port of Baltimore cruise port is just minutes from I-95. It is also near I-70 connecting Pennsylvania, Ohio and the Midwest. Baltimore-Washington International (BWI) Thurgood Marshall Airport is only 10.5 miles from the cruise terminal.
Directions from points South: Follow I-95 North to Exit 55, Key Highway. From the ramp, stay straight on East McComas Street. The South Locust Point Cruise Terminal entrance is on the right. The Port of Baltimore's Cruise Maryland Terminal provides plenty of secure parking, and passenger processing and boarding is quick and efficient
 
For passengers sailing on smaller ships docking at the Inner Harbor piers, restaurants, shops and attractions are within easy walking distance. Almost everything is level in this part of Baltimore, so it's wheelchair accessible. The Baltimore Water Taxi is an excursion on its own, stopping at places like Harborplace, the National Aquarium, the Maryland Science Center, Little Italy, Fell's Point, Canton Waterfront Park and Fort McHenry.
 
Getting Around
From the Airport: For shuttles to the embarkation point, Baltimore Tours arranges shared-ride service from the Baltimore airport for $17.95 when booked online and $19.95 by phone (888-848-3822). Carnival passengers can hop a Carnival shuttle for $25 one way, $50 roundtrip. Royal Caribbean is $37 one way and $74 roundtrip.
 
On Foot: The Inner Harbor and many of the neighborhoods are walkable..
By Bus: The free Charm City Circulator (410-350-0456) runs frequently along three routes.
By Water Taxi: The Baltimore Water Taxi (410-563-3900) is an excursion itself, stopping in such hot spots as Harborplace, the National Aquarium, the Maryland Science Center, Fell's Point, Harbor East, Canton Waterfront Park and Fort McHenry.
By Car: Taxis are plentiful around the Inner Harbor, but not at the cruise terminal. Major car rental companies, including Budget, Enterprise and Hertz, have offices near the Inner Harbor.
 
Directions to the Pier
 
Port of Baltimore, Maryland
South Locust Point Cruise Terminal
2001 East McComas Street
Baltimore, MD 21230
1-866-ICRUZMD or 1-866-427-8963

Directions
Traveling from the south:
Follow I-95 North to Exit 55, Key Highway.
From the ramp, stay straight on East McComas Street.
The South Locust Point Cruise Terminal's entrance is on the right.
 
Traveling from the north:
Follow I-95 South through the Ft. McHenry Tunnel, be sure to be in the right lane when going through the tunnel.
Take Exit 55, Key Highway.
Turn left at the traffic light onto East McComas Street.
Follow the signs to the South Locust Point Cruise Terminal's entrance on the right.
 
Due to strict rules surrounding the close of check-in, please note that the arrival process can take as much as 25 minutes from the main entrance gate of the port to the doors of the terminal - please keep this in mind when planning your arrival.
 
Parking
Parking is approximately $15.00 per day (subject to change) and is payable upon entering the facility in the form of cash, Travelers Checks, Visa, MasterCard, or American Express.
Security at the pier
Please expect delays related to security and immigration procedures when arriving at the pier to board the ship. These procedures have been designed for your safety and all attempts will be made to expedite you through the process as quickly as possible.
For any day of travel concerns you may have, please contact our local cruise line representative, Destination New England at +1.866.646.3263 or us at (800) 256-6649 or (305) 539-4107.
 
Cruise passengers will have easy access to the Port of Baltimore South Locust Point Marine Terminal by private car or taxi. Travel to the Baltimore Cruise Terminal is fast and convenient. Located in downtown Baltimore at South Locust Point, the Port of Baltimore cruise port is just minutes from I-95. It is also near I-70 connecting Pennsylvania, Ohio and the Midwest. Baltimore-Washington International (BWI) Thurgood Marshall Airport is only 10.5 miles from the cruise terminal. The Port of Baltimore's Cruise Maryland Terminal provides plenty of secure parking, and passenger processing and boarding is quick and efficient. Cruises Departing from Baltimore Year-Round.
 
Things To See and Do
With something around every corner to either see or do, Baltimore is certainly an exciting place to visit. While here you may want to explore a few of our famous Baltimore Museums such as the Baltimore Aquarium, the Maryland Science Center, The National Great Blacks In Wax Museum, or The Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History. Baltimore also has a very rich cultural history and by touring a historic site like Fort McHenry - home of the National Anthem - you will gain a new perspective of Baltimore.
 
Walters Art Gallery
The Walters Art Museum, located in the Mount Vernons Cultural District, is a cultural institution of international renown. It is one of only a few museums worldwide to present a comprehensive history of art from the third millennium B.C. to the early 20th century. Among its thousands of treasures are a fine collection of ivories, jewelry, enamels and bronzes, and a large reserve of illuminated manuscripts and rare books. The Walters' Egyptian, Greek and Roman, Byzantine, Ethiopian and western medieval art collections are extensive, as are the museum's holdings of Renaissance and Asian art. Every major trend in French painting during the 19th century is represented by one or more works in the collection.
Address: 600 North Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21201-5185, United States, Official site: http://thewalters.org/

American Visionary Art Museum
The American Visionary Art Museum displays the work of self-taught artists in six galleries. The main building's architecture is also an artistic creation, winning many international and national awards for its design and beauty. The sculpture barn, formerly the Four Roses whiskey warehouse, houses towering exhibits.
Address: 800 Key Highway, Baltimore, MD 21230-3940, United States, Official site: http://www.avam.org/
 
Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine
Just 3 miles southeast of the city centre via Key Highway and Fort Avenue is Fort McHenry, built between 1798 and 1803 to command the harbor entrance. In 1814 it withstood a 24 hour bombardment by a British warship and thus saved Baltimore from occupation. In the fort's Visitor Center are displays and a film on the history of the fort, referring to the origins of the national anthem, the 'The Star Spangled Banner'. However, the original of the famous flag now hangs in the Museum of American History in Washington, DC.
Official site: http://www.nps.gov/fomc/index.htm

Baltimore Museum of Art
The Baltimore Museum of Art is the largest art museum in Maryland with art from around the world, covering a broad spectrum of periods and styles. The permanent collection includes the world's largest collection of works by Matisse. Other notable artists represented include Picasso, Cezanne, van Gogh, And Warhol, and many others.
Address: 10 Art Museum Drive, Baltimore, MD 21218-3898, United States, Official site: http://www.artbma.org/

Fell's Point
Fell's Point is a historic area along the waterfront that has been beautifully restored. The old harbor quarter of Fell's Point was once the shipbuilding district of Baltimore, with places of entertainment for the seamen. Today, behind the brick facades of this beautifully restored quarter are mainly restaurants, cafes, and shops.
 
Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Museum
Pratt Street runs west to the Mount Clare Railroad Station of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad, from which the first passenger train in the United States ran west to Ellicott's Mills in 1830.
The Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Museum takes in the Mount Clare Station (1851), the Print Shop (1884) and a roundhouse that now houses an excellent collection of historic locomotives. The centrepiece is the turntable, which connects with 22 lines containing locomotives and coaches. With only a few exceptions all the exhibits are originals and in working order. In front of the building is a large open area with more locomotives. There is also a miniature railway system. Address: 901 West Pratt Street, Baltimore, MD 21223-2699, United States, Official site: http://www.borail.org/
 
Johns Hopkins University
Founded in 1876, Johns Hopkins University was the first research university in the United States. The university operates the Homewood House Museum. Homewood was built in 1801 with a $10,000 wedding gift from Charles Carroll of Carrollton, a signer of the Declaration of Independence, to his son. Homewood is noted for the Federal Period architectural detail throughout both the exterior and the interior. This home is restored and furnished with early 19th century decorative and fine arts.
Address: 3400 North Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21218, United States Official site: http://www.museums.jhu.edu/index.php

Oriole Park at Camden Yards
Oriole Park at Camden Yards is the official home of the Baltimore Orioles. The one-time railroad center is only 2 blocks from the birthplace of baseball's most legendary hero, George Herman "Babe" Ruth. Ruth's father operated Ruth's Cafe on the ground floor of the family residence, now center field at Oriole Park.
Official site: http://baltimore.orioles.mlb.com/index.jsp?c_id=bal
Baltimore Museum of Industry
The Baltimore Museum of Industry is devoted to the industrial history of the city, with special emphasis on the workers and small business owners who were the backbone of the city's development. Among the exhibits are reconstructions of an old workshop, a printing office and a canning factory. At the quay is moored the tug "Baltimore".
 
Address: 1415 Key Highway, Baltimore, MD 21230-5115, United States
Official site: http://www.thebmi.org/
10 National Aquarium
 
National Aquarium
Located on Pier 3 and 4, the National Aquarium in Baltimore is a joint effort with another location in Washington, DC. The aquarium in Baltimore features marine life in various exhibits, from sharks and dolphins, to hundreds of exotic species found in the Atlantic Coral Reef Exhibit. Of particular note is the five-storey Tropical Rain Forest, with all kinds of birds, frogs, and a variety of larger mammals, such as sloths and monkeys.
Address: Inner Harbor Official site: http://www.aqua.org/

Harborplace
Harborplace, an attractive modern complex with two glass-enclosed pavilions in historical style, is both a shopping centre and market, with large number of shops, restaurants and open spaces. Street artists display their skills in the Amphitheater on the Promenade.
Address: 201 East Pratt Street
Official site: http://www.harborplace.com/
Maryland Science Center
The southwest corner of the Inner Harbor is occupied by the modern Maryland Science Center, with a planetarium. On its three floors are scientific displays, some of which include topics related to space travel and physics. Entertaining and educational scientific experiments offer hands on learning opportunities.
Address: 601 Light Street, Baltimore, MD 21230-3899, United States Official site: http://www.mdsci.org/
Basilica of the National Shrine of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
The Basilica of the Assumption is the oldest Roman Catholic cathedral in the United States, built in the time of Archbishop John Carroll. In the crypt are the tombs of Archbishop Carroll (1735-1815) and others. The building is a National Historic Landmark and was fully restored in the original style between 2004 and 2006.
Address: 409 Cathedral Street, Official site: http://www.baltimorebasilica.org/

Washington Monument
The Washington Monument is dedicated to the nation's first President. A 228 foot spiral stairway leads to the top of the monument with observation windows and a statue of George Washington on top of the monument. On the ground floor of the monument is a museum with displays on George Washington and the monument itself.
Address: 699 North Charles Street
 
Nearby Places:
Just 45 minutes from Baltimore, the charming, historic city of Annapolis once served as America's capital. Just off the Chesapeake Bay, Annapolis is steeped in colonial history and ambience; the Annapolis State House, built in 1772, is the oldest state capitol in continuous operation in the U.S. At the U.S. Naval Academy, established in 1845, visit the chapel to view the elaborate stained glass windows, including one designed by Tiffany, and see the crypt of naval hero John Paul Jones. And we don't mind admitting it's a fabulous place for noshing (in everything from seedy taverns to chic cafes) and boutique shopping. Note: You'll need a car to make this trip.
 
Visit the nation's capital. Washington D.C. is about an hour away by train (Amtrak and MARC, Maryland's regional railroad, both offer service between the cities) or by car. The obvious attractions, of course, are the Washington Monument, the Smithsonian Institution, the White House, Georgetown and the U.S. Capitol.
 
Eating Out
Baltimore is known for its seafood, but the city is also home to a variety of ethnic and regional cuisines. There are plenty of good restaurants in the main tourist areas, with excellent choices in Little Italy, Fell's Point, Harbor East, and Mount Vernon.
 
In recent years, the Inner Harbor has become overrun with chain restaurants serving mediocre fare, but such places as the Hard Rock Cafe and ESPN Zone continue to draw crowds. Power Plant Live, with its mix of restaurants and clubs, is also packed for dinner. You'll find it a block north of Pratt Street, a short walk from the Inner Harbor.
 
Little Italy -- In just a few packed blocks, you'll find all the pasta, cannoli, and chianti you could want. Make a reservation if you know where you want to eat beforehand. But if you prefer to wander, plan to eat early or late and choose a place as you stroll through the basil-scented streets. If you don't have room for dessert, remember, there's always Vaccaro's to go. Tip: Parking is fairly easy. Choose the garage at Pratt and President streets, opt for the valet parking many restaurants offer, or look for a spot on the street.
 
Baltimore's Best Crab Cakes
 
A visit to Baltimore means crab cakes -- but what makes a good crab cake is for a topic of heated debate. You can expect jumbo lump mixed with a bit of mayo; fried or broiled is often the diner's choice. But each recipe is different. Is Old Bay seasoning required? How much filler is too much? Should you see a fleck of any plant material besides parsley?
 
Keep in mind a few things: Crabs run from May to September (more or less), so you have a better chance of getting local crab -- not Louisiana or Asia imports -- then. You don't have to go to a crab house for a decent crab cake. In fact, the number of crab houses has dwindled in recent years, but you can find good seafood at just about every restaurant around. Expect to pay $12 to $18 for a crab-cake sandwich (served on crackers or a bun). A crab-cake platter will be at least $25 and usually comes with fries, coleslaw, and sliced tomato.
 
Below is my list of where I think you'll find a good crab cake. Are these the best? Have a marvelous time deciding!
 
The Crab Shanty Restaurant, 3410 Plum Tree Dr. (Rte. 40 W.), Ellicott City (tel. 410/465-9660; www.crabshanty.com). Good-size cake, not too much filler. Open Sunday through Friday for lunch, daily for dinner. Carryout is available.
Faidley Seafood, Lexington Market, 400 W. Lexington St. (tel. 410/727-4898; www.faidleyscrabcakes.com). The Faidley family has been selling seafood from this stall for 120 years, including a great traditional crab cake. Open Monday through Saturday from 9am to 5pm. Carryout only; shipping is available, too.
 
Gertrude's, at the Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Dr. (tel. 410/889-3399; www.gertrudesbaltimore.com). Noted chef John Shields offers traditional Baltimore-style cakes as well as a creative chef's special. Open Tuesday through Sunday for lunch and dinner.
Kali's Court, 1606 Thames St., Fell's Point (tel. 410/276-4700; www.kaliscourt.net). Crab, crab, and not much else. Open daily for dinner.
 
Nick's Fish House, 2600 Insulator Dr., South Baltimore (tel. 410/347-4123; www.nicksfishhouse.com). Maybe the old South Baltimore feel of this casual place swayed me, but this is a great traditional crab cake in a traditional (but new) crab house. Open every day for lunch and dinner.
Obrycki's Crab House and Seafood Restaurant, 1727 E. Pratt St., Upper Fell's Point (tel. 410/732-6399; www.obryckis.com). Traditional crab house, traditional crab cake. Open daily for lunch and dinner from mid-March to November.
 
Pierpoint Restaurant, 1822 Aliceanna St., Fell's Point (tel. 410/675-2080; www.pierpointrestaurant.com). Crab cakes here are smoked -- different, but well worth a try. Open Tuesday through Sunday for dinner.
Sometimes you just need a sweet -- and there are a couple sweet spots around town that shouldn't be missed if you're in the neighborhood. The most famous baker in town, Food Network's Ace of Cakes chef, Duff Goldman, has his Charm City Cakes shop in Remington, but it isn't open to the public.
The Baltimore Cupcake Company, 1433 E. Fort Ave. (tel. 410/783-1600; www.baltimorecupcakecompany.com). This little pink-and-white shop on the way to Fort McHenry sells cupcakes, other sweets, and Cafe du Monde coffee. Open Tuesday through Friday from 10am to 6pm, Saturday from 9am to 5pm.
Charm City Cupcakes, 326 N. Charles St. (tel. 410/244-8790; www.charmcitycupcakes.com). This downtown spot sells tasty cupcakes. Open Tuesday through Saturday, 10am to 5:30pm.
 
Dangerously Delicious Pies, 1036 Light St., Federal Hill (tel. 410/522-7437; www.dangerouspies.com). No fancy stuff here -- just honest, homemade, fresh-out-of-the-oven pies. The rock-'n'-roll guys here make all kinds: fruit, Key (Bridge) lime, derby, and a towering lemon meringue. Open Tuesday through Sunday from 7am to 6pm.
 
Patisserie Poupon, 820 E. Baltimore St. (tel. 410/332-0390). You'll find this delightful French pastry shop in the shadow of the Shot Tower and near Port Discovery and Little Italy. (It's safer to drive here, due to traffic.) Stop for coffee and a croissant or a fabulously decorated pastry. Open Monday through Saturday from 7am to 6pm
 
Shopping
You can find anything from onion rings to diamond rings at the 160 shops that make up Harborplace Mall (tel. 410/332-4191; www.harborplace.com), Here’s some of the best places to shop in Baltimore. Whether you are a local or a tourist I hope this list helps you out. Let us know each store is doing too!
which is actually three separate venues: two stand-alone pavilions on Light and Pratt streets, and the Gallery, a vertical mall in the Renaissance Harborplace Hotel. The Light Street Pavilion has the most food stalls and restaurants, plus some souvenir shops. The Pratt Street Pavilion offers specialty stores, clothing and jewelry shops, and more restaurants. The Gallery has three floors of shops, plus a fourth-floor food court. Most of the stores are franchises of national chains, and are open Monday through Saturday from 10am to 9pm and Sunday from noon to 6pm.
 
The 75 shops in the Gallery (connected via skywalk to the Pratt St. Pavilion) include Banana Republic, Brooks Brothers, Ann Taylor, and Coach. Santa's magical house is located between the Harborplace pavilions from Thanksgiving to Christmas Eve.
 
Markets & Malls
Baltimore still has several old-fashioned covered markets with vendors selling seafood, baked goods, produce, and sweets. The outdoor farmers' market, held under the Jones Falls viaduct, is a Sunday tradition for many people.
 
Village of Cross Keys -- This upscale shopping center, at 5100 Falls Rd. in north Baltimore, has local stores, plus a few chains such as Talbots and Williams-Sonoma. Hours are from 10am to 6pm or later. From downtown, take the Jones Falls Expressway north to the Northern Parkway East exit. Turn right at the light at Falls Road; the center is on the right.
 
Harbor East
For a neighborhood that didn't even exist a few years ago, this one's thriving, and the shopping is très chic. Most shops are on Exeter or Fleet Street. Look for something hot to carry your stuff in at Handbags and the City, 612 S. Exeter St. (tel. 410/528-1443), or something cool to sit on at Arhaus Furniture, 660 S. Exeter St. (tel. 410/244-6376; www.arhaus.com).
 
You'll also find plenty of restaurants, including Mustang Alley's Bar, Bowling & Bistro 10- and duck-pin bowling and sleek eatery, 1300 Bank St. (tel. 410/522-BOWL [2695]; www.mustangalleys.com). Or stop for a snack or supplies at Whole Foods, 1001 Fleet St. (tel. 410/528-1640), or for wine at Bin 604 Wine Sellers, 604 S. Exeter St. (tel. 410/576-0444; www.bin604.com), which has wine classes on Saturdays and tastings on Thursdays.
 
Antique Row
On a single block in Mount Vernon -- the 800 block of Howard Street -- lies an amazing string of antiques shops. The first antiques stores opened here in the 1840s -- they were furniture resellers, really -- making this the oldest antiques district in the U.S. Most of the shops are open from 11am or noon to 5pm. Street parking is metered -- bring quarters or take the Light Rail, which runs up Howard.
 
Amos Judd and Sons, Inc. (tel. 410/462-2000) is a dark little store filled with cases of English, French, and Italian accessories. The 20 dealers at Antique Row Stalls (tel. 410/728-6363), an 8,000-square-foot co-op, sell just about everything. They're closed Tuesdays.
 
The eclectic Connoisseur's Connection (tel. 410/383-2624) has a little of everything and often provides set pieces for locally produced movies. Dubey's Art and Antiques (tel. 410/383-2881) boasts a wealth of Chinese export porcelain and other American, English, and Asian treasures. For antiquities from Europe and Asia, see Richard Sindler (tel. 410/225-2727).
 
Check out the old silver at Imperial Half Bushel (tel. 410/462-1192) -- the shop fairly glitters with flatware and holloware. The 20th Century Gallery (tel. 410/728-3800) stocks American and European art pottery, as well as prints and paintings. Crosskeys (tel. 410/728-0101), which specializes in English, Continental, and American furnishings, is open only Saturday and Sunday
 
 
Arundel Mills- 7000 Arundel Mills Circle, Hanover, MD. A great shopping center with hundreds of stores at wonderfully low prices, Arundel Hills is a must-shop in the Baltimore Area. www.arundelmills.com  Prime Outlets- Hagerstown- 495 Prime Outlets Boulevard, Hagerstown, MD. Prime Outlets are amongst the most well-known and the most comprehensive, offering visitors hundreds of options. www.primeoutlets.com
 
Towson Town Center- 825 Dulaney Valley Road,Baltimore, MD. Towson Town Center is where it’s at in terms of shopping in Baltimore, with hundreds of exciting shops and stores, including Nordstrom. www.towsontowncenter.com
Hampden- Falls Rd at 36th St, Baltimore, MD. The neighborhood of Hampden is not only a place to shop— it illustrates the beauty of Baltimore’s vibrant culture. With wonderful stores and shops, many catered to the college community within the neighborhood, this is a wonderful place to shop and to see the “real” Baltimore. http://www.hampdenmerchants.com/
 
Mount Vernon / Charles St- Mount Vernon, known for its culture and famous sites, is also an exiting shopping center, with high-end shops and stores amongst some of the most popular in Baltimore.
Village Of Cross Keys- 5100 Falls Rd., Baltimore, MD 21210. The Village of Cross Keys is a distinctive shopping experience with dozens of stores and places to shop. http://www.villageofcrosskeys.com/html/
 
Broadway Market- S Broadway between Fleet and Lancaster, Baltimore, MD 21231.The Broadway Market is a wonderful outdoor market with a long history in Baltimore.
 
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