Cruise from your own backyard

Michelle & Karl Teel

The Grandeur takes entertainment to the next level. We enjoyed the acrobats’ choreographed song and dance. (Michelle Teel)

Every year the challenge is the same — surpassing your last vacation with new thrills, new destinations, and new memories. If getting there is just as important as where you’re going, nothing matches the excitement of a cruise with onboard experiences as distinctive as the destination. 

You just can’t beat the convenience of cruising from Baltimore. One minute you are cruising down the highway, and the next minute you are popping open the trunk to retrieve your luggage. About 30 minutes later, you’re on the top deck having a cocktail! 

Compare that to driving to the airport, finding long-term parking, shuttling to the airport terminal with your bags, checking bags, going through security, flying, picking up luggage, and finding your way to the cruise terminal. We’d swap that day of discomfort for a day on the top deck anytime!

Baltimore’s Cruise Maryland terminal is the home port for Royal Caribbean’s Grandeur of the Seas, one of our all-time favorites. The ship is filled with so many amenities that, whether you are a family, a couple, or a group, there is something for everyone. 

The rock climbing wall is challenging and offers spectacular views. The enormous outdoor movie screen allows you to lounge poolside and enjoy a movie with a cocktail in hand. There are dining options galore, including traditional restaurant seatings, stunning views from the Viking Crown Lounge, the Windjammer Café, and several specialty dining options. 

The bright sunlit atrium of the Grandeur of the Seas serves as a gathering spot for cocktails, music, and shopping. (Michelle Teel)

Take your time and thoroughly review the plentiful options and features online and in the expanded coverage on our web edition. 

Royal Caribbean’s Grandeur of the Seas offers a variety of itineraries from Baltimore. 

The five-night Bermuda trips have departures May through October. It’s great to be docked several days at King’s Wharf Royal Naval Dockyard without any need to hurry back to the ship. 

Insider tip: Get a transit pass on the dock, then take a ferry one way to St. George’s and a bus back to Hamilton. 

The trip by water is quite different than the trip by land. Don’t miss the pink sands of the beach at Horseshoe Bay. 

Royal Caribbean also offers nine-night itineraries that include both Bermuda and the Bahamas, with dates May through August. In April, you can take a seven-night Bermuda trip that includes a night in Charleston, S.C., and there’s also a seven-night Bermuda-only trip in October.

The Grandeur of the Seas offers a variety of other destinations and itineraries from the convenient Baltimore Cruise Maryland port to make year-round opportunities. These include:

-Nine-night Canada and New England cruises that include ports such as Boston, Mass.; Portland and Bar Harbor, Maine; Saint John, New Brunswick (with the remarkable tide changes in the Bay of Fundy); and Halifax, Nova Scotia.

-Nine-night Southeast Coast and Bahamas cruises, including ports such as Cape Canaveral/Orlando and Miami, Fla.; CocoCay and Nassau in the Bahamas; and Key West, Fla.

-12-night Southern Caribbean holidays, including ports such as St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands; St. Johns, Antigua; Castries, St. Lucia; Basseterre, St. Kitts and Nevis; and Phillipsburg, St. Maarten.

What are you waiting for? Plan your next getaway today. For more information, consult your travel agent or visit CruiseMaryland.com or RoyalCaribbean.com

Bon voyage!

 

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