a carnival cruise ship at the baltimore cruise port

Baltimore Cruise Terminal Address

2001 East McComas Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21230
http://www.cruise.maryland.gov

The Baltimore cruise port, also known as Cruise Maryland, is home to two year-round cruise ships (Carnival Cruise Line's Pride and Royal Caribbean Cruise Line's Grandeur of the Seas) that sail to the Bahamas, Bermuda, Canada/New England and the Caribbean. The port ranks sixth among East Coast cruise ports, with most passengers coming from Washington D.C., Delaware, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia, and, of course, Maryland.

Located right off I-95 -- considered the Main Street of the East Coast -- it's just minutes (2.5 miles) from downtown Baltimore and Amtrak's Penn Station. It's also only 10 miles from Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport, plus a BWI Amtrak station.

Terminal improvements are underway to make the port more comfortable for passengers. New check-in counters are being installed, and the bathroom facilities are being expanded. Some aesthetic improvements are being made to the cruise terminal entrance, including landscaping and a welcome sign. Also, the gangway will be enclosed for climate control. Additionally, the baggage holding area is being expanded.

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Getting There by Car

If you're planning to drive to the Port of Baltimore, directions are below:

From the North:
Take I-95 South through the Ft. McHenry Tunnel, staying in the far right lane (bore 1) when going through the tunnel. Take Exit 55, Key Highway. Turn left at the traffic light (traveling under the overpass) onto East McComas Street. Cruise Maryland Terminal's entrance is approximately 350 feet on the right.

From the South:
Take I-95 North to Exit 55, Key Highway. When you exit, stay straight for approximately .08 miles on East McComas Street. Cruise Maryland Terminal's entrance is on the right.

From the West:
Take I-70 East toward Baltimore. Merge onto I-695 South (Baltimore Beltway) via Exit 91A. Drive 5.2 miles, and merge onto I-95 North via Exit 11A. Drive I-95 North for approximately 4.9 miles to Exit 55, Key Highway. When you exit, stay straight for approximately .08 miles on East McComas Street. Cruise Maryland's Terminal entrance is on the right.

Parking

Secured long-term parking is available for more than 1,500 cars at the terminal for $15 per cruise night for passenger vehicles and SUVs (including vehicles with handicapped tags or signs). Recreational Vehicles less than 30 feet long are $30 per cruise night. Recreational vehicles longer than 30 feet and buses are $40 per cruise night. Accessible parking spaces are available. You can drop off passengers and luggage before being directed to a parking spot. Free shuttle service is available between the terminal and parking spaces. Passenger pick-up parking is available at no charge.

Some lodgings -- such as the Harbor Magic Hotels (a collection of properties including the Admiral Fell Inn), the Hyatt Regency Baltimore and almost all of the hotels around BWI Airport and nearby Arundel Mills in Hanover -- offer stay-and-cruise packages that come with parking for the duration of the cruise, as well as transfers to and from the port.

Getting There by Public Transit

There is no public transit to the cruise port.

Getting There From the Airport

You can prearrange a shuttle through your cruise line if you're arriving the same day your cruise leaves. Reservations should be made with your cruise line at least five days prior to sailing. Carnival passengers can hop a shuttle for $25 one way or $50 round trip. Royal Caribbean is $37 one way and $74 round trip. Taxis are also readily available.

Getting There Via Amtrak

Amtrak has a stop at Baltimore's Penn Station and one at BWI Airport. The cruise lines do not provide shuttle service to the cruise port from the train stations, but commercial shuttle services are available from the BWI Amtrak station. From Baltimore Penn Station, take a taxi to the port.

Taxis

Taxis are always available on days when ships are arriving and leaving. Taxi fares between the cruise port and the airport or train station start at about $15; shuttle service starts at $25 with a discount for round trip. You'll be able to snag a taxi from designated taxi/limo/shuttle line. Upon exiting the terminal , passengers will be directed to this area.

What Time to Arrive

Arrival times depends on when your ship is scheduled to leave. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security requires all cruise lines to provide final passenger manifests 60 minutes prior to departure from a U.S. port to allow for security screening and check-in. Therefore, all passengers must arrive at 90 minutes to two hours prior to the ship's scheduled departure. If you are not there in sufficient time, you could be denied boarding.

Checking In

All passengers will need to go through security screening before proceeding to check-in counters where they receive keycards needed for boarding the ship. After check-in, staff will direct you to the appropriate waiting or boarding areas.. If you're bringing beverages onboard with you (soft drinks, water or wine), check with your cruise line for policies regarding whether they need to be carried on or put in checked bags.

Baggage Pick-up/Customs

Cruise terminal gates open at 8:30 a.m. for passenger pick-up, but passengers will not be permitted to exit their ship until it has been cleared by U.S. Customs and Border Protection. The ship usually arrives early in the morning so passengers can disembark well before 10 a.m.

After getting off the ship, passengers are directed to pick up their luggage from a designated area. Bags are organized by colorful luggage tags given out the night before to all passengers. From luggage pickup, passengers will need to clear customs before leaving the port.

Family and friends picking up passengers will be directed to the convenient "Pick Up" lot (located right next to the terminal building) where they can wait.

Wheelchair Service

The cruise port does not provide wheelchairs for passenger use. The cruise lines do, but you must enter the terminal to access them. Arrangements should be made with your cruise line in advance if you require wheelchair boarding assistance. If wheelchairs are needed for the duration of the sailing, passengers must provide their own.

Where to Grab a Bite or Last Minute Essentials

There are food vending machines at the terminal, but there are no restaurants.

Shops for purchasing last minute toiletries and other items, as well as restaurants to grab a meal before boarding, can be found in downtown Baltimore and at the airport. The Amtrak stations also have a snack bar.

Porters/Red Caps

You can drop your tagged (with room number attached) luggage with porters before you park, or you can take your own luggage with you when you board.

Where to Sit

The terminal has a sitting area, but it's not nearly large enough to accommodate all passengers if there's a long delay.

Bathrooms

The terminal has two sets of men's and women's restrooms, each with diaper changing tables. There is no family restroom. Additional bathrooms are being added.

Wi-Fi

Free Wi-Fi service is available at the terminal.

Luggage Storage

For security reasons, lockers are not available at the terminal.