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Baltimore , Maryland | Charlotte Amalie , St Thomas | Philipsburg , St. Maarten | Castries , St Lucia | Bridgetown , Barbados | Basseterre , St Kitts & Nevis | Baltimore , Maryland

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GRANDEUR OF THE SEAS

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GRANDEUR OF THE SEAS

GRANDEUR OF THE SEAS

FROM BALTIMORE TO BIG TIME THRILLS

Grandeur of the Seas® is the ultimate east coast adventure, sailing from Baltimore. It's the perfect blend of unbelievable shores and unique experiences onboard, like movie nights under the stars, imagination-defying dishes at Chef's Table, and entertainment that takes you from Broadway to Buenos Aires.

DAY 1 - Departure Day

Baltimore, Maryland

DEPARTS:
4:00 PM

EXPLORE BALTIMORE

Spend the morning walking around Baltimore’s Inner Harbour, where majestic tall ships reveal this East Coast city’s rich maritime legacy. And be sure to visit the star-shaped Fort McHenry, birthplace of America’s 'Star-Spangled Banner' anthem.

Aerial view of Downtown Inner Harbor area in Baltimore, Maryland
Purple sunset at waterfront in Inner Harbor in Baltimore, Maryland

Spend the morning walking around Baltimore’s Inner Harbour, where majestic tall ships reveal this East Coast city’s rich maritime legacy. And be sure to visit the star-shaped Fort McHenry, birthplace of America’s 'Star-Spangled Banner' anthem.

Aerial view of Downtown Inner Harbor area in Baltimore, Maryland
Purple sunset at waterfront in Inner Harbor in Baltimore, Maryland
Things To Do

in Baltimore

View of Inner Harbor area in Downtown from a docked ship in Baltimore

Nautical Ties

No visit to Baltimore is complete without exploring the historic Inner Harbour. Step aboard a collection of impressive ships – a Pearl Harbour-era cutter, a 1930s lightship, a sail-powered warship dating back to 1797. Then stroll around brick walkways flanked by chic boutiques, restaurants serving mid-Atlantic seafood and photo-worthy views of the water.

Fort McHenry raising the American flag, Baltimore, Maryland

Star of the Show

Relive the Battle of Baltimore at Fort McHenry, where in 1814, by dawn’s early light, Francis Scott Key wrote the lyrics of The Star-Spangled Banner, the United States’ national anthem. Enter this star-shaped citadel to follow a period-costumed guide around the grounds, watch an educational film and see a replica of the 15-starred American flag.

Waterfront promenade near the National Aquarium in Baltimore, Mayland

Water Logged

Cruises from Baltimore facilitate encounters with almost 20,000 sea creatures spanning seven stories of interactive exhibits at the National Aquarium. Widely considered one of the best in America, this mind-boggling aquatic space includes a rooftop rainforest, multi-storey shark tank and reef recreations that are home to turtles, stingrays, bottlenose dolphins, sharks and more.

Plate of blue crab with lemon and seasoning, in Baltimore, Mayland

Local Cuisine

You can’t leave Baltimore without feasting on Chesapeake Bay blue crabs, which are steamed in Old Bay seasoning or served as golden brown cakes. Little Italy’s trattorias serve up pasta, tiramisu and cannoli – and National Bohemian Beer, lovingly nicknamed Natty Boh, is a local staple. Lexington Market is a foodie’s paradise where nearly 100 vendors shuck raw bar fare; you can also enjoy deli sandwiches and the famous Berger cookie.

View of Inner Harbor skyline from promenade at sunset, in Baltimore

Shopping

Satisfy all your souvenir needs and more at Harborplace, a festival marketplace during your Baltimore cruise. Mount Vernon’s Antique terraced houses: a string of retailers dating to the 1840s. The Hampden neighbourhood is known for its indie stores and vintage clothing outfitters – or browse Thames Street in Fells Point for vinyl records, books and trendy clothing.

INSIDER TIP

The Baltimore Water Taxi is the best way to explore the Inner Harbor. With 14 stops along the waterfront, boats arrive approximately every 15 minutes at the most popular attractions.

DAY 2 - AT SEA

CRUISING

CAN'T-MISS FAVOURITES

Young Woman Climbing Up the Rock Wall
Close-Up of the Chef Cutting Vegetables

Young Woman Climbing Up the Rock Wall
Close-Up of the Chef Cutting Vegetables

THINGS TO DO

Man Climbing Down the Rock Wall
Rock Climbing Wall

A BOLDER BOULDER

Rise to the occasion and take on the signature Rock Climbing Wall. From beginners to speed climbers, everyone can enjoy an unparalleled view from 12 metres (40 feet) above deck. Included in your fare, no reservation required.

Close-Up of the Chef Cutting Vegetables
Culinary Classes

CHOP 'TIL YOU DROP

Watch seasoned chefs turn fresh ingredients into delectable appetisers, main dishes and desserts, as you get tips that will take your culinary pursuits to the next level.

DAY 3 - AT SEA

CRUISING

FOR FOODIES

Salmon Salad bowl with Watercress served at Izumi, a fine dining Japanese Restaurant. One of our best vacation cruise dining.
Grilled Veal Chop entree at the specialty, Chops Grille restaurant. Cruise vacation fine dining steaks served table side.

Salmon Salad bowl with Watercress served at Izumi, a fine dining Japanese Restaurant. One of our best vacation cruise dining.
Grilled Veal Chop entree at the specialty, Chops Grille restaurant. Cruise vacation fine dining steaks served table side.

THINGS TO DO

Assorted Sushi Rolls Platter served at Izumi, Japanese Restaurant. One of the best fine dining cuisine on a cruise.
Izumi

A FAR EAST FEAST

Say “Konnichiwa” to a reimagined favorite. Sushi, sashimi and more, all made-to-order with intense flavors, the best ingredients and impeccable presentation.

Grilled Veal Chop entree at the specialty, Chops Grille restaurant. Cruise vacation fine dining steaks served table side.
Chops Grille

A CUT ABOVE THE REST

For more than a decade, the chefs of Chops Grille have proudly presented quality, hand-cut prime steaks at this hallmark Royal Caribbean restaurant.

DAY 4 - AT SEA

CRUISING

SHOW-STOPPERS

Couple dressed in black dancing on stage during the Tango Buenos Aires Cruise Show on Jewel of the Seas
Performers dancing on stage for the Rhythm and Rhyme Cruise Show on Grandeur of the Seas

Couple dressed in black dancing on stage during the Tango Buenos Aires Cruise Show on Jewel of the Seas
Performers dancing on stage for the Rhythm and Rhyme Cruise Show on Grandeur of the Seas

THINGS TO DO

Performers dancing on stage during the Tango Buenos Aires Cruise Show on Jewel of the Seas
Tango Buenos Aires

BRUSH UP YOUR BOLEO

Slip into sultry rhythms and heart-racing beats as we touch down in Tango Buenos Aires and delve into the universal dance of love and passion.

Dancers on stage during Rhythm and Rhyme Cruise Show on Grandeur of the Seas
Broadway Rhythm & Rhyme

ENTER STAGE RIGHT

Sing along to your favourite show tunes as the rhythm, rhyme, words and music of Broadway transport you to NYC.

DAY 5 - DOCKED

Charlotte Amalie, St Thomas

ARRIVES:
8:00 AM
DEPARTS:
6:00 PM

Explore the harbor

St Thomas offers all the action of a lively city and the allure of a secluded island getaway. Stroll through the colourful markets of Charlotte Amalie, or unwind on the sugary sand beach at Magen’s Bay. Whether you’re looking to turn up or tune out, you’ll feel a world away in this unique slice of paradise.

Boats gathered in St. Thomas Bay on a sunny day
Statue of Blackbeard fighting with a sword, Charlotte Amalie St. Thomas
Harbor Sunset from mountain, Charlotte Amalie St. Thomas

St Thomas offers all the action of a lively city and the allure of a secluded island getaway. Stroll through the colourful markets of Charlotte Amalie, or unwind on the sugary sand beach at Magen’s Bay. Whether you’re looking to turn up or tune out, you’ll feel a world away in this unique slice of paradise.

Boats gathered in St. Thomas Bay on a sunny day
Statue of Blackbeard fighting with a sword, Charlotte Amalie St. Thomas
Harbor Sunset from mountain, Charlotte Amalie St. Thomas
Things To Do

in Charlotte Amalie

Palm trees and white sand, Magens Bay beach, Charlotte Amalie St. Thomas

Beach Hop ‘Til You Drop

St Thomas is home to some of the world’s most beautiful beaches. Ditch the crowds for some prime snorkelling at Sapphire Beach. And of course, no visit is complete without a stop at Magen’s Bay, named one of the world’s most beautiful beaches by National Geographic.

Cables cars in St. Thomas, USVI

Panoramic Views of Paradise

St Thomas’s central mountain range offers endless opportunities to snag the ultimate panoramic selfie. Head to Government Hill, Drake’s Seat on Skyline Drive and Mountain Top, which rises over 457 metres above sea level for the most boast-worthy views.

Front of the Old Lutheran Church during a clear sky sunny day in Charlotte Amalie St. Thomas

Journey into the Past

Just off Main Street, visit the St Thomas Synagogue and Frederick Lutheran Church, each the second oldest of its kind in the Western Hemisphere. Visit Blackbeard’s Castle, built in 1679, and see the world’s largest collection of life-sized pirate statues. Or climb the legendary 99 Steps built by 18th-century Danes, using bricks that once served as ship ballast.

Cod fish with sides of Callaloo and Johnny Cakes

Local Cuisine

St Thomas is a foodie’s haven, and you’ll find no shortage of bars and pubs serving up local favourites like St John Brewers Virgin Islands beer and Blackbeard Ale™. West Indian fare, like callaloo (sautéed leafy greens) and Johnnycakes (cornmeal flatbreads), is a staple. And you absolutely can’t leave without trying some chocolate-dipped coconut patties. In restaurants and bars, you may wish to add a tip of 15-20% to your bill if service was especially good.

DAY 6 - DOCKED

Philipsburg, St. Maarten

ARRIVES:
7:00 AM
DEPARTS:
5:00 PM

Discover St. Maarten

St Maarten sits at the crossroads of the Caribbean and the Atlantic. It’s also a place where over 120 cultures meet. You can taste it in the island’s cuisine, which is rated amongst the best in the Caribbean. And you can feel it whether you stay in the upbeat, party-centric Dutch side where the port is located, or cross into the laid-back, local-driven French side of the island.

Sunset at Marigot, Philipsburg, St. Maarten
Cliffs and rock formations lining the white sands of Cupecoy Beach, Philipsburg, St. Maarten
Sailboats racing in the Regatta through the crystal clear waters of Philipsburg, St. Maarten

St Maarten sits at the crossroads of the Caribbean and the Atlantic. It’s also a place where over 120 cultures meet. You can taste it in the island’s cuisine, which is rated amongst the best in the Caribbean. And you can feel it whether you stay in the upbeat, party-centric Dutch side where the port is located, or cross into the laid-back, local-driven French side of the island.

Sunset at Marigot, Philipsburg, St. Maarten
Cliffs and rock formations lining the white sands of Cupecoy Beach, Philipsburg, St. Maarten
Sailboats racing in the Regatta through the crystal clear waters of Philipsburg, St. Maarten
Things To Do

in Philipsburg

Aerial view of the Great Salt Pond, Philipsburg, St. Maarten

LOTERIE FARM

Loterie Farm is a nature sanctuary with 135 acres of hiking trails, a zip line adventure course, and a spring fed multi-level pool with cascading waterfalls.

Philipsburg, St. Maarten, cityscape at the Great Salt Pond.

SIMPSON BAY LAGOON

The largest saltwater lagoon in the Caribbean, Simpson Bay is a great spot for lounging and watching the boats and yachts that dot its picturesque harbour.

Girl horseback riding with a view of the ocean in Philipsburg, St. Maarten

MOUNT CONCORDIA

Hike to the top of Mount Concordia, which marks the border between the French and Dutch sides of the island, for the best views of both sides

Enjoying a relaxing, seaside lobster lunch in Philipsburg, St. Maarten

Local Cuisine

This gourmet capital of the Caribbean serves a mix of French, East Indian and island flavours. Cruise to St Maarten and stop by a roadside barbecue stand (called a lolo) and enjoy lobster grilled on split-metal drums. Or dine on stuffed crab and cod fritters at any local café. Be sure to try some guavaberry liqueur, made exclusively on the island.

A sign at Front Street in St. Maarten

Shopping

Head to Front Street in Philipsburg, the capital of Dutch St Maarten, and shop your way down a mile of duty-free shops. Before you go, pick up some famous guavaberry liqueur at the Sint Maarten Guavaberry Company.

INSIDER TIP

A service charge is sometimes included at Dutch side restaurants, but you may wish to add 15% if the service was especially good.

DAY 7 - DOCKED

Castries, St Lucia

ARRIVES:
9:00 AM
DEPARTS:
6:00 PM

PEAK ADVENTURE

Get to know St Lucia – an eco-tourist’s utopia. You can trek the enormous rainforest to visit the towering, green-mantled twin peaks known as the Pitons. And be sure to soak in the natural wonders – whether it be the hot mineral pools or the sulphur springs that are heated by the dormant volcano of Soufriere.

Fishing boats on the bay of Anse La Raye, Castries, St. Lucia
Beautiful lush vegetation in Diamond Falls Botanical Garden
Girl on red canoe, sailing to the Pitons on Castries, St. Lucia

Get to know St Lucia – an eco-tourist’s utopia. You can trek the enormous rainforest to visit the towering, green-mantled twin peaks known as the Pitons. And be sure to soak in the natural wonders – whether it be the hot mineral pools or the sulphur springs that are heated by the dormant volcano of Soufriere.

Fishing boats on the bay of Anse La Raye, Castries, St. Lucia
Beautiful lush vegetation in Diamond Falls Botanical Garden
Girl on red canoe, sailing to the Pitons on Castries, St. Lucia
Things To Do

in Castries

Steaming sulphur springs by Qualibou volcano, Soufriere, Castries, St. Lucia

Play in the Mud

Melt away your cares in the town of Soufriere, home to Sulphur Springs, known for its medicinal waters since the 1600s. Soak in natural thermal pools at the bottom of the bubbling craters and Zen out while indulging in a therapeutic mineral mud bath from head to toe.

Girl on red canoe, sailing to the Pitons on Castries, St. Lucia

Coastal Cruising

See the famous Pitons and island vistas from the sea as you glide down the coast of St. Lucia on a coastal cruise. See the lush vegetation and fishing villages as you make your way to the Pitons.

Sunny day with sailboats at Marigot Bay, Castries, St. Lucia

Serene Scene

Make your way to Marigot Bay – a gorgeous natural harbour straight out of a film, dotted with restaurants, bars and shops. You can stroll the yacht marina, shop at boutiques, visit a French bakery or relax at the secluded beach, accessible by ferry.

A fried filet of fish with a Creole sauce and vegetables

Local Cuisine

The Creole cuisine shows off the local fish, fruits and vegetables. Traditional flavours are a unique blend of West African, British, French and East Indian influences. Don’t miss 'coal pot', a local staple where dishes are cooked in a clay basin over coals.

The storefront of a souvenir shop in St. Lucia

Shopping

The best duty-free shops are at Pointe Seraphine cruise terminal and across the harbour at La Place Carenage. Cruise to St Lucia and find duty-free jewellery, watches, perfume, crystal, rum and local crafts. An artisanal favourite to bring home from here is the traditional pottery, made from the clay of the Pitons.

INSIDER TIP

Don’t forget insect repellent if you plan to visit the rainforest.

DAY 8 - DOCKED

Bridgetown, Barbados

ARRIVES:
7:00 AM
DEPARTS:
5:00 PM

British history

As soon as you get into 'Town', make a stop at one of the island’s 1,500 rum shops. Then spend your day on the seemingly endless pink-and-white-sand beaches. For inland adventures, explore the rolling hills and valleys, sugarcane fields and historic plantations. Or take a dive into the crystal clear turquoise waters filled with captivating coral reefs.

Sunny day with palm trees on Bottom Bay Beach in Bridgetown, Barbados
A couple of Sea Turtles Diving in clear ocean of Bridgetown, Barbados
Crystal clear running water in Harrison Cave, Bridgetown, Barbados

As soon as you get into 'Town', make a stop at one of the island’s 1,500 rum shops. Then spend your day on the seemingly endless pink-and-white-sand beaches. For inland adventures, explore the rolling hills and valleys, sugarcane fields and historic plantations. Or take a dive into the crystal clear turquoise waters filled with captivating coral reefs.

Sunny day with palm trees on Bottom Bay Beach in Bridgetown, Barbados
A couple of Sea Turtles Diving in clear ocean of Bridgetown, Barbados
Crystal clear running water in Harrison Cave, Bridgetown, Barbados
Things To Do

in Bridgetown

Colorful lights in Harrison Cave, Bridgetown, Barbados

BENEATH THE SURFACE

Take a solar-powered tram journey 52 metres below ground into Harrison’s Cave, an intricate limestone cave system. Here, you’ll find flowing streams, waterfalls, emerald-hued pools, unusual stalactite formations and towering columns that formed over thousands of years.

Monkey eating at a wildlife reserve in Bridgetown, Barbados

GO GREEN

Hop into a rugged 4X4 and make your way through the Barbados Wildlife Reserve. Deep in the island’s interior, you’ll find playful green monkeys, colourful birds, reptiles and other native animals roaming freely. Try to visit at around 2 p.m. for feeding time to see the green monkeys close-up.

Clear sunny beach on Carlisle Bay, Bridgetown, Barbados

BEST BEACH DAY EVER

Sit back and relax on the powdery white sands of Harbour Lights on Carlisle Bay Beach. If kicking back with a rum punch in hand is a little too laid-back, you can snorkel around shipwrecks, rent a jet ski or even visit Tortuga to swim with turtles.

Three Bajan fish cakes on a green plate with white rice

Local Cuisine

This island is a seafood lover’s dream come true. Bajan (or Barbadian) cuisine blends African, Indian and British influences. For a truly authentic experience, don’t shy away from the street food – try the fried fish cakes, macaroni pie, tamarind balls and the national dish, cou-cou with flying fish.

Assorted bags at an open souvenir market in Bridgetown, Barbados

Shopping

For the best deals on duty-free luxury items and authentic souvenirs from the island, check out the shops in the cruise terminal and the shops along Broad Street, the high street in Bridgetown. Cruise to Barbados and bring home a taste of the island with a rum cake, which is called ‘great cake’ for a reason.

INSIDER TIP

Ships dock at the Bridgetown Cruise Terminal, about a mile from town.

DAY 9 - DOCKED

Basseterre, St Kitts & Nevis

ARRIVES:
11:00 AM
DEPARTS:
7:00 PM

Coastal Views

Welcome to an island nation teeming with history and eco-tourism adventures. Explore colonial estates, monuments and fortresses in Basseterre. Gear up and climb Mount Liamuiga volcano or hop in a kayak to get up close to tropical reef fish. Or slow things down with a more laid-back escape to the tiny sister island of Nevis for a relaxing beach day.

Couple resting from volcano hike on Mount Liamuiga, Basseterre
Brimstone Hill Fortress in St. Kitts
Hiking trail in a Basseterre rainforest

Welcome to an island nation teeming with history and eco-tourism adventures. Explore colonial estates, monuments and fortresses in Basseterre. Gear up and climb Mount Liamuiga volcano or hop in a kayak to get up close to tropical reef fish. Or slow things down with a more laid-back escape to the tiny sister island of Nevis for a relaxing beach day.

Couple resting from volcano hike on Mount Liamuiga, Basseterre
Brimstone Hill Fortress in St. Kitts
Hiking trail in a Basseterre rainforest
Things To Do

in Basseterre

Couple hiking on a volcano trail in Basseterre rainforest

TAKE A HIKE

Hit the Mount Liamuiga trail and trek through towering trees, tangled vines and tropical flowers to the crater of the 1,155-metre dormant volcano. At the peak of your 6-mile ascent, you’ll be rewarded with a view that goes so far, you can see the neighbouring islands.

Boardwalk with traditional red houses in Nevis, Basseterre

HIT THE STRIP

For a taste of nightlife while the sun is still shining, head to The Strip on South Frigate Bay. This hot spot along the beach is lined with resorts, restaurants and bars with open-air dance floors. Most places open at 10 a.m. and keep the island party vibes going until late at night.

Sunny day at old sugarcane plantation ruins, Basseterre

ALL ABOARD

Hop on the West Indies’ last railway – double-decker trains that travel along a line built a century ago to transport sugarcane across the island. You’ll pass historical estates and countryside filled with tall, wild sugarcane.

Four spiny lobster tails on a grill

Local Cuisine

Casual beach spots with super-fresh seafood are your best bet for lunch. Order some spiny lobster or conch grilled over an open fire. More adventurous eaters should try West Indian specialities like pepper pot, Arawak chicken and goat-water stew. For a quick snack, vendors sell sugarcane stalks to chew on.

An assortment of colorful souvenirs

Shopping

Port Zante has over 60 shops where you can find deals on watches, jewellery, diamonds and gemstones. Or you can head to the nearby Pelican Shopping Mall, a collection of souvenir shops designed to look like a traditional Caribbean street.

INSIDER TIP

Tipping taxi drivers isn’t necessary. In restaurants, 10-15% gratuity is standard.

DAY 10 - AT SEA

CRUISING

LIGHTS OUT NIGHTS OUT

GR, R Bar, , Grandeur of the Seas,Public Spaces, Revitalization, Lounge, Couple Having Drinks,
Friends Enjoying Tropical Dreams in the Solarium

GR, R Bar, , Grandeur of the Seas,Public Spaces, Revitalization, Lounge, Couple Having Drinks,
Friends Enjoying Tropical Dreams in the Solarium

THINGS TO DO

LB, Liberty of the Seas, young couple, man, woman, smiling, laughing, at R-Bar, R Bar, bartender serving mixed drinks, enjoy, enjoyment, fun,
R Bar

SHAKING UP THE CLASSICS

Vintage glamour comes alive at R Bar – serving classic cocktails, such as gin martinis and the old fashioned, in a distinctly sophisticated setting.

Solarium Bar and cafe on the OA, Oasis of the Seas
Solarium Bar

SUN, SERENITY & SIPS

Does sitting in the whirlpool make you thirsty? Grab a drink at the nearby Solarium Bar.

DAY 11 - AT SEA

CRUISING

CAN'T-MISS FAVOURITES

Young Woman Climbing Up the Rock Wall
Close-Up of the Chef Cutting Vegetables

Young Woman Climbing Up the Rock Wall
Close-Up of the Chef Cutting Vegetables

THINGS TO DO

Man Climbing Down the Rock Wall
Rock Climbing Wall

A BOLDER BOULDER

Rise to the occasion and take on the signature Rock Climbing Wall. From beginners to speed climbers, everyone can enjoy an unparalleled view from 12 metres (40 feet) above deck. Included in your fare, no reservation required.

Close-Up of the Chef Cutting Vegetables
Culinary Classes

CHOP 'TIL YOU DROP

Watch seasoned chefs turn fresh ingredients into delectable appetisers, main dishes and desserts, as you get tips that will take your culinary pursuits to the next level.

DAY 12 - AT SEA

CRUISING

FOR FOODIES

Salmon Salad bowl with Watercress served at Izumi, a fine dining Japanese Restaurant. One of our best vacation cruise dining.
Grilled Veal Chop entree at the specialty, Chops Grille restaurant. Cruise vacation fine dining steaks served table side.

Salmon Salad bowl with Watercress served at Izumi, a fine dining Japanese Restaurant. One of our best vacation cruise dining.
Grilled Veal Chop entree at the specialty, Chops Grille restaurant. Cruise vacation fine dining steaks served table side.

THINGS TO DO

Assorted Sushi Rolls Platter served at Izumi, Japanese Restaurant. One of the best fine dining cuisine on a cruise.
Izumi

A FAR EAST FEAST

Say “Konnichiwa” to a reimagined favorite. Sushi, sashimi and more, all made-to-order with intense flavors, the best ingredients and impeccable presentation.

Grilled Veal Chop entree at the specialty, Chops Grille restaurant. Cruise vacation fine dining steaks served table side.
Chops Grille

A CUT ABOVE THE REST

For more than a decade, the chefs of Chops Grille have proudly presented quality, hand-cut prime steaks at this hallmark Royal Caribbean restaurant.

DAY 13 - Arrival Day

Baltimore, Maryland

ARRIVES:
7:00 AM

CHARM CITY ADVENTURE

Top off your East Coast adventure like a true Baltimorean. Crack into blue crabs at a seaside shack. Catch a Ravens football game or root on the Orioles at Camden Yards. Explore the city centre’s world-renowned museums and enjoy skyline views atop Federal Hill. Or raise a pint in an old-school Fells Point pub.

Sail ship docked at Inner Harbor in Baltimore, Maryland

Top off your East Coast adventure like a true Baltimorean. Crack into blue crabs at a seaside shack. Catch a Ravens football game or root on the Orioles at Camden Yards. Explore the city centre’s world-renowned museums and enjoy skyline views atop Federal Hill. Or raise a pint in an old-school Fells Point pub.

Sail ship docked at Inner Harbor in Baltimore, Maryland
Things To Do

in Baltimore

View of Inner Harbor area in Downtown from a docked ship in Baltimore

Nautical Ties

No visit to Baltimore is complete without exploring the historic Inner Harbour. Step aboard a collection of impressive ships – a Pearl Harbour-era cutter, a 1930s lightship, a sail-powered warship dating back to 1797. Then stroll around brick walkways flanked by chic boutiques, restaurants serving mid-Atlantic seafood and photo-worthy views of the water.

Fort McHenry raising the American flag, Baltimore, Maryland

Star of the Show

Relive the Battle of Baltimore at Fort McHenry, where in 1814, by dawn’s early light, Francis Scott Key wrote the lyrics of The Star-Spangled Banner, the United States’ national anthem. Enter this star-shaped citadel to follow a period-costumed guide around the grounds, watch an educational film and see a replica of the 15-starred American flag.

Waterfront promenade near the National Aquarium in Baltimore, Mayland

Water Logged

Cruises from Baltimore facilitate encounters with almost 20,000 sea creatures spanning seven stories of interactive exhibits at the National Aquarium. Widely considered one of the best in America, this mind-boggling aquatic space includes a rooftop rainforest, multi-storey shark tank and reef recreations that are home to turtles, stingrays, bottlenose dolphins, sharks and more.

Plate of blue crab with lemon and seasoning, in Baltimore, Mayland

Local Cuisine

You can’t leave Baltimore without feasting on Chesapeake Bay blue crabs, which are steamed in Old Bay seasoning or served as golden brown cakes. Little Italy’s trattorias serve up pasta, tiramisu and cannoli – and National Bohemian Beer, lovingly nicknamed Natty Boh, is a local staple. Lexington Market is a foodie’s paradise where nearly 100 vendors shuck raw bar fare; you can also enjoy deli sandwiches and the famous Berger cookie.

View of Inner Harbor skyline from promenade at sunset, in Baltimore

Shopping

Satisfy all your souvenir needs and more at Harborplace, a festival marketplace during your Baltimore cruise. Mount Vernon’s Antique terraced houses: a string of retailers dating to the 1840s. The Hampden neighbourhood is known for its indie stores and vintage clothing outfitters – or browse Thames Street in Fells Point for vinyl records, books and trendy clothing.

INSIDER TIP

A 15% to 20% gratuity is customary in restaurants and bars. At the airport, tip skycaps at least $1 per bag.

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