One of the best things about living in Baltimore is how close we are to the historic Inner Harbor. This isn’t an attraction just glossed over in describing a place. But, rather, an exquisite representation of our city’s past and what the Urban Land Institute has lauded as “the model for… waterfront redevelopment around the world”. Exciting words for an exciting place.
Each year growing numbers of visitors climb aboard cruise ships departing from our waters. As these guests prepare for their voyages, we often have the opportunity host them and share in their bon voyage excitement. It’s like a two-for-one holiday, a stepping stone between ‘real life’ and ‘cruise life’, as they take in the city.
Relax - As calming as cruises can be - the multitude who cruise every year can’t be wrong - the lead-up can be hectic. Last-minute activities and checklists, finishing up work, and packing can all lead to feeling seriously stressed instead of the laid-back break wished for. Including two days in Baltimore can solve those issues before setting off on your voyage (maybe Bermuda, Canada in the fall, or the Bahamas). It’s enough time to take in a few sights, begin the regimen of relaxation, pick up a last minute missed item in your luggage, or snap up a good read along a leisurely stroll through Butchers Hill and the Inner Harbor.
It’s also very easy to get used to the feeling of being pampered while cruising, maybe a stay in Baltimore for a night or two after your cruise to emerge slowly into your everyday life (and get your land legs back) will be in order.
Look For Adventure - Some people, of course, are drawn to cruising for the chance to let loose and explore! Planet Cruise explains the appeal clearly: “the memories of cruising [...] will stay with you forever” - from a cruiser's most popular cruise destination. For some adventures in Baltimore before setting sail, plan your time around a scheduled activity - make sure to book tickets early - like baseball games, plays, concerts, or a visit to the Inner Harbor’s National Aquarium. Once you know where you absolutely want to be, you can give yourself some breathing room for the unanticipated find you will easily usually make in Baltimore. There is so much to see and do in Baltimore you could easily exhaust yourself before the cruise even starts!
Looking Back - Some of the smaller cruise lines which stop in Baltimore as they celebrate historic port towns along the east coast. We know that anyone with a taste for history will love our city as much as we do. Our own inn is located in the Butchers Hill neighborhood - a city and national historic district - but there are plenty of other sites to see, including Fort McHenry where the Star Spangled Banner becomes center stage. Some history buffs will want to plan their days around themes, checking out a museum for the back story and then heading off to see the sites themselves. While others take things a little more slowly and just exploring a given area in depth before moving along. It’s tempting to focus purely on your area of interest, but it can be fun to try something new as well. A morning breakfast conversation with your Innkeeper may help shape your day.
Wherever your ship takes you, we know you’re going to look back on your time in Baltimore with just as much (or almost as much) affection and delight as you’ll remember your cruise.