Cruising from Baltimore offers perks to military passengers

Michelle Teel

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Thinking of taking a cruise? Consider cruising from Baltimore because it’s easy, less expensive, and very convenient. The Port of Baltimore’s cruise terminal is only 2-1/2 miles from Baltimore’s world famous Inner Harbor and just 10 miles from BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport. It is also the closest drive-to port for the more than 40 million people who live within a six-hour drive. Cities like Chicago, Cleveland, Indianapolis, New York, and Pittsburgh are all within driving distance.

David Davies on Flickr
David Davies on Flickr

It dramatically increases the affordability of the cruise because the cost of traveling to the cruise terminal is almost negligible compared  to the cost of paying for flights and the shuttle to the cruise terminal required when you cruise from other ports, such as those in Florida. All of that extra cash can be used to make a cruise much less expensive, allowing you to spend money you otherwise would not have available to enjoy an upgrade to a balcony or suite, to put toward onboard expenses (including your bar bill), or to take one or possibly several very memorable excursions.

Getting to the cruise terminal is a snap because it is so convenient. If you drive to the port, there is a secure parking lot right off I-95, located so close to the ship you could choose to walk to the terminal after dropping your luggage off with the porters. Possibly the best deal for inexpensive parking is to book a night at one of several downtown hotels that offer a free shuttle ride to the port and allow free parking for the whole cruise. Another option is to use one of the airport shuttle services for a discounted price and a free shuttle ride to the port. Want to take the train? Baltimore’s Penn Station is only about 10 minutes away by taxi, making for both a quick arrival and departure.

Cruising from Baltimore is very affordable. The port of Baltimore has plenty of year-round offerings to choose from. The Grandeur of the Seas is the ship that has called Baltimore its home port for Royal Caribbean for years. It was recently refurbished and includes everything you have come to expect from a cruise on a Royal Caribbean ship: rock wall, jogging track, spa, adult-only solarium, casino, arcade, kids’ programs, culinary experiences, aerial acrobatics in the centrum, state-of-the-art staterooms, a 220-square-foot outdoor movie screen, and much more. The ship has 11 decks to hang out on, eight bars and lounges for partying, and six pools and whirlpools for relaxing.

Royal Caribbean offers cruises from five to 12 days in length from the Port of Baltimore to destinations in the Bahamas, Bermuda, Eastern Caribbean, Western Caribbean, Southern Caribbean, New England, the southeast coast of the U.S., and the Antilles (the islands of St. Thomas, Barbados, Antigua, St. Lucia, and St. Maarten) through the end of 2015 and beyond.  Check with Royal Caribbean for special pricing for those with military, police, firefighter, and EMT credentials.

As part of Military Appreciation month, members of the military can reserve a Royal Caribbean cruise that departs on Dec. 1 or after and receive up to $50 to spend onboard, in addition to the currently available offer.

Book a cruise of 5 nights or fewer and receive $25 to spend onboard, book a cruise 6 nights or greater and receive $50 to spend onboard.  This offer is available Nov. 1 – 30. Any stateroom type is eligible for this promotion (interior, oceanview, balconies, or suites).

With the winter holidays right around the corner, now is the time to plan for one of the best gifts you can ever give your loved ones: the gift of a travel experience. It will provide memories that will last a lifetime, while the anticipation of blue sky, turquoise water, and white sand will fill their hearts with love and appreciation for such a wonderful gift.

Bon voyage from Baltimore!


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