12 Night Southern Caribbean Cruise on Grandeur of the Seas from Baltimore, Maryland Castries, St. Lucia Forest Piton Peaks
The 12 Night Southern Caribbean Cruise from Baltimore, Maryland visits St Croix, US Virgin Islands; Philipsburg, St Maarten; Castries, St Lucia; Bridgetown, Barbados; Basseterre, St Kitts & Nevis; Baltimore, Maryland. Explore our cruise itineraries and choose from a variety of rooms depending on your needs and budget. Start planning your next cruise vacation by selecting a destination and departure port.
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12 Night Southern Caribbean Cruise
Itinerary Overview
Explore Grandeur of the Seas
Day 1 - Baltimore, Maryland
Day 2 - 4 - Cruising
Day 5 - St Croix, US Virgin Islands
Day 6 - Philipsburg, St Maarten
Day 7 - Castries, St Lucia
Day 8 - Bridgetown, Barbados
Day 9 - Basseterre, St Kitts & Nevis
Day 10 - 12 - Cruising
Day 13 - Baltimore, Maryland
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Castries, St. Lucia Forest Piton Peaks
View of the Pitons from vegetation in Castries, St. Lucia
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Leaving from
Baltimore, Maryland
Onboard
Grandeur of the Seas
Day Port
1
Baltimore, Maryland
Departs at 4:00 PM
2 - 4
Cruising
Day at sea
5
St Croix, US Virgin Islands
From 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
6
Philipsburg, St Maarten
From 7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
7
Castries, St Lucia
From 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
8
Bridgetown, Barbados
From 7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
9
Basseterre, St Kitts & Nevis
From 11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
10 - 12
Cruising
Day at sea
13
Baltimore, Maryland
Arrives at 7:00 AM
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Your ship Grandeur of the Seas

Your ship
Grandeur of the Seas
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Grandeur of the Seas, Side View, Southeast Coast, Bahamas, Canada and New England Destinations
Side View of Grandeur of the Seas With Destinations in Bahamas, the Southeast Coast, Canada, and New England
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Grandeur of the Seas
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 film nights under the stars, imagination-defying dishes at Chef's Table and entertainment that takes you from Broadway to Buenos Aires.

EAST COAST EXPLORING

There's a reason why Grandeur of the Seas® is Baltimore's reigning favourite adventure. Maybe it's the views from the Rock Climbing Wall, or the poolside films beneath the sky. It could be the kitchen-conquering culinary classes, or the ooh- and ahh-inducing services at Vitality℠ at Sea Spa and Fitness Centre. Why don't you be the judge?

IT'S A PALATE PARTY

Trade boring bites for far-out flavour with five palate-pleasing courses at Chef's Table, sizzling steaks seared to perfection at Chop's Grille℠, classic cocktails at R Bar, and inclusive facilities and services at the Diamond Club, exclusive to Crown & Anchor® Society Diamond members and above.

HIT THE LIGHTS

Whether you're singing along to your favourite showtunes at Broadway Rhythm & Vine, brushing up your boleo in Tango Buenos Aires or belting out classics at the Schooner Bar, you'll find a new adventure on every stage.

Day 1: Baltimore, Maryland

Day 1
Baltimore
Maryland
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Baltimore, Maryland, Aerial View Downtown Inner Harbor
Aerial view of Downtown Inner Harbor area in Baltimore, Maryland
Things to do in
Baltimore
Departs at 4:00 PM
Baltimore’s nickname – Charm City – is well earned. This town’s charisma runs deep – from the tall ships floating in the Inner Harbour to the top-notch museums. It’s an East Coast slice of American history where you can visit Edgar Allan Poe’s grave, and tour the fort where America’s national anthem was penned. And for authentic Baltimorean neighbourhood experiences, nothing beats sipping pints in the pubs of Fells Point, cracking open steamy crabs in Canton’s seaside shacks and enjoying sweeping skyline views from the top of Federal Hill.
Baltimore, Maryland, Inner Harbor Downtown Dock Ship
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.
Insider tip
The Baltimore Water Taxi is the best way to explore the Inner Harbour. With 14 stops along the waterfront, boats arrive approximately every 15 minutes at the most popular attractions.
Baltimore, Maryland, American Flag Fort McHenry
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.
Baltimore, Mayland, Waterfront Promenade National Aquarium Sunset
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.
Baltimore, Mayland, Blue Crab Lemon
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.
Baltimore, Maryland, Skyline Inner Harbor Promenade Sunset
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.

Day 2 - 4: Cruising

Day 2 - 4
Cruising
At Sea
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Chef Cutting Tomatoes
Close-Up of the Chef Cutting Vegetables
CAN'T-MISS FAVOURITES
Man Climbing Rock Wall On Board Day Time
Man Climbing Rock Wall On Board Day Time

Rock Climbing Wall

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.
Wonderland Lamb Preparation
Chef Drizzling Special Sauce on the Lamb

Culinary Classes

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 5: St Croix, US Virgin Islands

Day 5
St Croix
US Virgin Islands
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St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands, Frederiksted beach wave crashing
Wave crashing against rocks on a sunny day in Frederiksted Beach, St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands
Things to do in
St Croix
From 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
The largest of the US Virgin Islands, St Croix has it all – gorgeous natural scenery begging to be explored, and quaint colonial towns perfect for wandering. It used to be nicknamed the 'Garden of the Antilles' because of its lush fields of sugarcane – and its sugar mills dating back to the 18th century are still popular spots. But these days, it’s world-class dive sites like Salt River Canyon, powdery beaches like Cane Bay, and rainforests teeming with tropical wildlife that keep people coming back. Plus, award-winning rum of course. Cruise to St Croix and discover plenty of Victorian Dutch architecture and charming colonial churches in Frederiksted and Christiansted.
St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands, Rum distillery
Cruzam rum distillery, St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands

GET YOUR RUM ON

Taste your way through the history of rum on St Croix as you tour the Captain Morgan and Cruzan Rum distilleries, where you’ll learn about the process of making the Caribbean’s favourite spirit.
Insider tip
If you’re planning to go swimming, make sure you bring something to cover up with. Walking around town and entering shops wearing only a swimsuit is frowned upon.
St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands, canon Fort Frederik
Canon perched atop the red walls of Fort Frederik, St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands

FORTIFIED FINDS

Check out the hard-to-miss yellow brick Fort Christiansvaern in Christiansted for a vivid history lesson – it’s the best preserved Danish-built fort in the Virgin Islands. You can also visit an art gallery and several historical exhibits in Frederiksted’s Fort Frederik.
Insider tip
In most restaurants and cafes, a 10 to 15% service charge is automatically included, but you may wish to leave an additional tip if service was especially good.
St. Croix, U.S. Virigin Islands, Point Udall
A view of buck island from Point Udall, St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands

A BETTER POINT OF VIEW

Point Udall is the easternmost point in the United States. It’s about a half-hour drive from Christiansted, but well worth the journey – once you arrive at the rocky bluff, you can wander up a paved road to the overlook for the best views on the island.
St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands, Conch Fritters
Seven conch fritters on a white plate with a lime wedge and aioli

LOCAL CUISINE

St Croix’s culinary scene is as diverse as its landscape. Pop in at any small local eatery and you’ll find fresh seafood dishes, like Cruzan Style Gundy (balls of ground herring and spices), that nod to French, Thai and Dutch cuisine – with plenty of West Indian spice, and favourites like conch fritters. You’ll also find boardwalk bars serving traditional American fare, like hamburgers with rum punch.
St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands, Tropical Shirts
Tropical shirts for sale in the U.S. Virgin Islands

SHOPPING

There’s no shortage of interesting dive shops in either Christiansted or Frederiksted. But the best places to shop in St Croix are the duty-free shops offering jewellery, spirits, clothing and souvenirs.

Day 6: Philipsburg, St Maarten

Day 6
Philipsburg
St Maarten
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Philipsburg, St. Maarten, Marigot sunset
Sunset at Marigot, Philipsburg, St. Maarten
Things to do in
Philipsburg
From 7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
What makes St Maarten so unique is its blend of cultures. The island is home to 120 different nationalities speaking over 80 languages, and is governed by two countries: the Netherlands and France. In fact, it’s the smallest land mass in the world to be shared by two different nations. While it may be less than 40 square miles, there’s plenty to do on this little island: you can travel back in time while exploring centuries-old ruins and get your adrenaline fix zip lining through lush tropical forests. If you’re after a little rest and relaxation during your cruise to St Maarten, you’ll find plenty of secluded beaches where you can work on your suntan before treating your taste buds to some of the best cuisine in the Caribbean.
Philipsburg, St. Maarten, Great Salt Pond aerial
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.
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.
Philipsburg, St. Maarten, Great Sald Pond vantage zoom
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.
Insider tip
In restaurants on the French side, it is customary to leave a cash tip of 5-10%.
Philipsburg, St. Maarten, Girl horseback riding
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
Philipsburg, St. Maarten, Seaside lobster lunch
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.
Philipsburg, St. Maarten, Front Street Sign
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.

Day 7: Castries, St Lucia

Day 7
Castries
St Lucia
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Castries, St Lucia, Anse La Raye Fishing Boats
Fishing boats on the bay of Anse La Raye, Castries, St. Lucia
Things to do in
Castries
From 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
From dramatic landscapes moulded by ancient volcanoes to sparkling palm-fringed beaches, St Lucia offers some amazing Caribbean eye candy. Luxury resorts nestle up to the natural beauty, giving this island just the right touch of exclusivity. Cruise to St Lucia and explore the coast by catamaran. Hike to the peaks of the soaring twin Pitons. Tour rainforests and explore the fishing villages of Anse-La-Raye. Or take a relaxing dip in warm mineral pools heated by the dormant volcano of Soufriere. In the capital of Castries, you’ll find touches of French and British heritage, from the architecture to the cuisine.
Castries, St. Lucia Soufriere Volcano Sulphur Springs
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.
Insider tip
Don’t forget insect repellent if you plan to visit the rainforest.
Castries, St. Lucia Girl Boat Mountains Piton Peaks
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.
Insider tip
Drive on the left side of the road on this island.
Castries, St. Lucia Marigot Bay Sailboats
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.
Castries, St. Lucia, Creole Seafood Dish
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.
Castries, St. Lucia, Souvenir Shop Storefront
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.

Day 8: Bridgetown, Barbados

Day 8
Bridgetown
Barbados
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Bridgetown, Barbados Bottom Bay Beach
Sunny day with palm trees on Bottom Bay Beach in Bridgetown, Barbados
Things to do in
Bridgetown
From 7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
You’ll find that Bridgetown strikes a fine mix of island warmth and English heritage. Stately colonial buildings intermingle with colourful wooden homes, open-air markets and catch-of-the-day cafés. Outside of the bustle of 'Town', as the locals call it, Barbados is a new kind of paradise in every direction. Cruise to Barbados and head towards the shore for pink-and-white-sand beaches that stretch on endlessly and crystal-clear turquoise waters. Or stick to the centre of the island: you’ll find rolling hills and valleys, sugarcane fields and historic plantations. You can even travel underground to discover limestone caves with their own waterfalls.
Bridgetown, Barbados Harrison Cave Colorful
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.
Insider tip
Ships dock at the Bridgetown Cruise Terminal, about a mile from town.
Bridgetown, Barbados Wildlife Reserve Monkey Eating
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.
Insider tip
Driving can get a little crazy here – save yourself the hassle of hiring a car.
Bridgetown, Barbados Carlisle Bay Beach
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.
Insider tip
Official taxis have a 'Z' on their licence plates. The rates are fixed, but you should tip 10%.
Bridgetown, Barbados, Bajan Fish Cake
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.
Bridgetown, Barbados, Souvenir Market
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.

Day 9: Basseterre, St Kitts & Nevis

Day 9
Basseterre
St Kitts & Nevis
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Basseterre, St. Kitts Mount Liamuiga Volcano Hike Couple
Couple resting from volcano hike on Mount Liamuiga, Basseterre
Things to do in
Basseterre
From 11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Greens in every shade spring from the rolling hills of St Kitts – an island ripe with eco-tourism adventures. In the port city of Basseterre, you’ll find centuries of history to explore in impressive estates and photo-worthy monuments like the Brimstone Hill Fortress, one of the most well-preserved military structures in the Americas. Cruise to St Cruise to St Kitts & Nevis and venture beyond the port and gear up for a unique climb up the 1,152-metre Mount Liamuiga volcano for views that are well worth the hike. Or hop in a kayak to get up close to a rainbow of tropical reef fish. Looking for something a little more laid back? Escape to the tiny unhurried sister island, Nevis, for smooth golden beaches and clear-water snorkelling – it’s just a thirty-minute ferry ride away.
Basseterre, St. Kitts Forest Volcano Hike Couple
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.
Insider tip
Tipping taxi drivers isn’t necessary. In restaurants, a 10-15% tip is standard.
Basseterre, St. Kitts Nevis Traditional Architecture
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.
Insider tip
Six ferries are available to take you on the 45-minute trip between the islands.
Basseterre, St. Kitts Sugarcane plantation ruins
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.
Basseterre, St. Kitts Nevis Grilled Spiny Lobster
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.
Basseterre, St. Kitts Nevis Assorted Colorful Souvenirs
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.

Day 10 - 12: Cruising

Day 10 - 12
Cruising
At Sea
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Grilled Veal Chop - Chops Grille
Grilled Veal Chop entree at the specialty, Chops Grille restaurant. Cruise vacation fine dining steaks served table side.
FOR FOODIES
Izumi Sushi Specialty Roll
Izumi Sushi Specialty Roll

Izumi

From delicious sushi rolls to fresh sashimi and nigiri, Izumi serves up an exotic Asian-inspired dining experience. Savor izakaya-style appetizers and rolls that range from classic to imaginative. No matter what you order, you’re in for a far out, Far East feast filled with incredible flavors from Tohoku to Tokyo.
Grilled Veal Chop - Chops Grille
Grilled Veal Chop entree at the specialty, Chops Grille restaurant. Cruise vacation fine dining steaks served table side.

Chops Grille℠

For more than a decade, the chefs at Chops Grille have specialized in serving up quality, hand-cut meat. Dinner at this hallmark Royal Caribbean specialty restaurant goes far beyond the typical steakhouse experience, though, with reimagined classics like succulent Maine lobster, gruyere cheese tater tots, white truffle-scented mushroom soup, and of course, expertly prepared prime beef.

Day 13: Baltimore, Maryland

Day 13
Baltimore
Maryland
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Baltimore, Maryland, Inner Harbor Ship
Sail ship docked at Inner Harbor in Baltimore, Maryland
Things to do in
Baltimore
Arrives at 7:00 AM
Baltimore’s nickname – Charm City – is well earned. This town’s charisma runs deep – from the tall ships floating in the Inner Harbour to the top-notch museums. It’s an East Coast slice of American history where you can visit Edgar Allan Poe’s grave, and tour the fort where America’s national anthem was penned. And for authentic Baltimorean neighbourhood experiences, nothing beats sipping pints in the pubs of Fells Point, cracking open steamy crabs in Canton’s seaside shacks and enjoying sweeping skyline views from the top of Federal Hill.
Baltimore, Maryland, Inner Harbor Downtown Dock Ship
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.
Insider tip
A 15% to 20% tip is customary in restaurants and bars. At the airport, tip skycaps at least USD 1 per bag.
Baltimore, Maryland, American Flag Fort McHenry
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.
Baltimore, Mayland, Waterfront Promenade National Aquarium Sunset
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.
Baltimore, Mayland, Blue Crab Lemon
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.
Baltimore, Maryland, Skyline Inner Harbor Promenade Sunset
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.

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