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I am proud to be certified by CLIA (Cruise Lines International Association) as an Elite Cruise Counselor. The Cruise Counselor Certification Program is CLIA's most comprehensive training which requires agents to successfully complete a number of compulsory training courses and exams, attend cruise conferences, and conduct ship inspections. Anita Thompson, Attheta Travel

Monday, November 25, 2013

The Thriving Cruise Port of Baltimore

You may know Baltimore as a terrific Eastern seaboard city, but did you know it’s also a great cruise ship port? Baltimore’s position on the map makes it an easy “drive-to” port for more than 40 million people. Currently, about 100 cruises embark from the Port of Baltimore each year. And, ships depart all year long: a state-of-the-art, climate-controlled boarding bridge will keep you warm as you board a ship for a winter cruise to the Caribbean.

Depending on the season, ships depart from Baltimore for New England and Canada, Bermuda, the Bahamas or the Caribbean. For example, the port of Baltimore can send you:

·       On a brief but relaxing cruise to Bermuda and back.

·       On a roundtrip cruise to Port Canaveral, Fla.; Nassau in the Bahamas; and Key West, Fla.

·       To the Eastern Caribbean, with stops such as San Juan, Puerto Rico; Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas; and Philipsburg, St. Maarten.

·       To the western Caribbean, featuring ports like Falmouth, Jamaica; George Town, Grand Cayman Island; and Cozumel, Mexico.

·       To the coast of New England and Canada, with visits to historic seaports like Boston, Mass.; Bar Harbor, Maine; and Halifax, Nova Scotia. Fall is the prime time for these cruises, when you can admire colorful leaves against dark evergreens.

A roundtrip cruise from Baltimore also presents a terrific opportunity to explore this historic city for a few days before or after your cruise. Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, once a center of shipping that fell into disuse as ships became larger and heavier, has been beautifully redeveloped as a neighborhood that connects the city with the waterfront. There are award-winning parks and plazas, hotels, shops, and lots of places to feast on fresh seafood.

The Inner Harbor is home to the National Aquarium, an amazing attraction where you can see more than 650 species of fish, reptiles, birds and more. Be sure to check out the shark tank, the Atlantic coral reef exhibit and the bottlenose dolphins.

It’s a short walk from the Inner Harbor to Camden Yards, home of the Baltimore Orioles and the Sports Legends Museum in a beautiful former railroad station. Or, take a water taxi to explore Fort McHenry or the Fells Point neighborhood.

For more information about things to do in Baltimore before or after your next cruise, talk with Anita, your Cruise Holidays personal cruise expert.
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