Why go to Cleveland?
Dock is within walking distance of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Great Lakes Science Center
A sprawling city with widespread attractions requiring taxis or rental cars
Cleveland surprises with its museums, architecture, music and brews
Cleveland Cruise Port Facilities?
The Port of Cleveland is an industrial port, which hadn't seen cruise ships in years -- at least not until 2017 when several ships plying the Great Lakes began arriving on a regular, seasonal basis. The actual port has no facilities of any kind. You step off your ship into an abandoned parking lot. Fortunately, the downtown location is close to shops and museums. You'll need to walk a block or two for cabs or public transportation.
Good to Know?
Weather on the shores of Lake Erie is changeable. It's wise to dress in layers and carry an umbrella, even on sunny days.
On Foot: Several of Cleveland's tourist attractions are an easy 10-minute walk from the dock, including the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Great Lakes Science Center.
By Public Transportation: The Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority (GCRTA) operates buses, light-rail and trolleys. The easiest way to catch the light-rail is to go to Tower City at Public Square, the hub for lines running in all directions. Have exact change, or you can buy a five-trip farecard (no discount) from vending machines. Fares for a single trip are $2.50 ($1.25 for seniors with proof of age). As an alternative, free downtown trolleys operate every 10 minutes, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays. The C-Line Trolley also operates until 11 p.m. and on weekends from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
By Private Trolley: Lolly the Trolley looks like a San Francisco cable car, but runs on gas, not a cable. And, it's not public transport. It's actually a tour. That said, the trolley tour is a great way to get an overview of Cleveland. Some Great Lakes cruise ships include the trolley ride as a shore excursion. If not, you will need an advance reservation. (1101 Winslow Ave.; 800-848-0173)By Taxi: Cabs can be found at Public Square taxi stands, or you can order one by phone. Try Taxi (216-361-8700). Uber and Lyft are also available.