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Balitmore Cruise Port directions & Parking information

Directions from the South
•    Follow I-95 North to Exit 55, Key Highway.
•    Once you exit, stay straight for approximately .08 miles on East McComas Street.
•    The entrance to Cruise Maryland Terminal is on the right.

Directions from the North
•    Follow I-95 South through the Ft. McHenry Tunnel. Be sure to be 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.
•    The entrance to Cruise Maryland Terminal is approximately 350 feet on the right.  


Parking


Rates are subject to change by the Port Authority

•    $15.00 per cruise night – passenger vehicles and SUV’s
•    $30.00 per cruise night – recreational vehicles under 30 feet
•    $40.00 per cruise night – recreational vehicles over 30 feet and busses

Upon arrival, guests will be directed to drop off their luggage in the appropriate luggage boxes for screening and handling. Please have your cruise line issued luggage tags completed and attached to your bags. If you do not have tags, please visit the tent marked “Cruise Luggage Tags” upon entrance to the terminal. It Is located on the left as you enter. After dropping off your luggage, you will then be directed to the appropriate secured, long-term parking lot.

•    Secured, long-term outdoor parking lot are within walking distance of Cruise Maryland Terminal
•    Accepted forms of payment: U.S Dollars / Traveler’s Checks / VISA / MasterCard / American Express
•    Parking fee is payable upon arrival
•    No advance reservations required
•    Special Needs accessible parking is available on site

 

Facts At A Glance


Capital: Annapolis
Population: 5,172,000 (1999)
Time: GMT - 5. Daylight Saving Time is observed early April-late October.
 

Overview

Maryland, one of the original 13 States of the USA, was founded by Lord Baltimore in 1634. Its Atlantic Plain, divided by Chesapeake Bay, rises through the rolling hills and scenic farmland of the State's heartland to the Allegheny Mountain of the northwest.

Tourist attractions include 16kms (10 miles) of white, sandy beaches at Ocean City and BALTIMORE'S Inner Harbor on Chesapeake Bay, which has 6,437km (4,000 miles) of shoreline. Baltimore is only about 60km (40 miles) from Washington DC.
Annapolis: The State capital has an attractive harbor, the impressive campus of the US Naval Academy and beautiful period architecture. It is a main starting point for tours of the Eastern Shore because it is close to famous Bay Bridge leading to major tourist areas.

Frederick: Town of quaint brick buildings and parks and an excellent starting point for a tour of nearby Civil War sites.
Wrstern Maryland: More rugged than the rest of Maryland. Extends into the Blue Ridge and Allegheny Mountains. Forested peaks and valleys offer all manner of summer and winter activities for outdoor enthusiasts.

The great Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historic Park, spans 295km/184miles from Washington, DC to Cumberland, Western Maryland, where young Lieutenant-Colonel George Washington began his military career.
His HQ can still be seen. The canal was once a major avenue of commerce. The towpath for mule-drawn barges now serves as a popular hiking and biking trail.
Geographically, Maryland packs a lot of variety into a relatively small state. Water is everywhere. Forty-six rivers flow into Chesapeake Bay.

Historic Overview of Baltimore

Maryland's watermen who make a living pulling seafood from Chesapeake Bay are a romantic part of the state's appeal. But, in a sense, everyone who spends time in the state becomes a waterperson of a sort. With so much coastline, it's inevitable they spend a lot of time by Chesapeake Bay and the Atlantic Ocean. Pleasure boaters ride waves alongside professional fishing crews, while others relax on beaches or shop and sightsee in the shore towns.
Inland regions have their own beauty ranging from the pastoral mountains of the western panhandle to the rolling farmlands of central Maryland. And - because the state is relatively compact - it's easy to enjoy both the shore and the inland areas.
All areas of the state are rich in historical landmarks because of Maryland's central role in the development of the United States, from colonial and Revolutionary War periods through the Civil War to the present day.

Before colonists arrived, a large and varied Native American population lived in the region. Shores and waterways were dotted with the villages of Assateague, Choptank, Nanticoke, Conoy, Piscataway, Doeg and other Algonquian-speaking people.

Chesapeake Bay was visited by several early European explorers before John Smith mapped the area in 1608. European settlement did not begin until George Calvert, Lord Baltimore, petitioned for a royal grant to found a colony that would harbor British Catholics who felt their homeland was getting less and less hospitable.
This was Calvert's second attempt at a colony after his first, in Newfoundland, didn't prosper. The king approved the petition in 1632 but Calvert died as the charter was being issued and his son Cecilius received the grant, though he never visited Maryland himself.

Most of the first settlers arrived as indentured servants and labored to pay off the debt of their passage. Initially, the colony was governed by religious tolerance - at least for Christians - but once Puritan settlers became the majority Catholics were persecuted and, for a time, not allowed to vote.

A spirit of independence fueled Maryland's early resistance to British rule and the colony played an important role in the Revolutionary War. Maryland was just as active in the War of 1812 - the naval battle at Fort McHenry inspired Francis Scott Key to write The Star-Spangled Banner, the poem that would become the lyrics to the U.S. national anthem.

Maryland's importance as a center of commerce increased in the 1800s, especially with the building of Chesapeake & Ohio Canal and Baltimore & Ohio Railroad in the 1820s.

Significant segments of Maryland supported secession on the eve of the Civil War but an immediate occupation by Union forces kept it part of the U.S.
Still, Confederates hoped to inspire pro-slavery forces in the state to rebel. Toward this end, Robert E. Lee's troops twice crossed into Maryland to invade Northern territory. The first time, in 1862, Lee was stopped at the Battle of Antietam, near Sharpsburg.

Having never seceded, Maryland fared well after the war and the state prospered until the economic depression of the 1870s.
Today, the state relies on its ports and factories for jobs and income. But it has also benefited greatly from being a close neighbor of Washington, D.C. Military and other government-related industries have been important to Maryland's economy.
When To Go

Even though Maryland has four distinct seasons and its landscape varies from sea-level plain to low mountains, the weather is generally not that extreme. The state is prettiest in the spring, when the dogwoods and fruit trees are blooming, and in October, when the landscape glows with myriad shades of gold.
Weather then is changeable, with warm temperatures (50-77F/10-2 C). Summers can be quite warm, with average temperatures in mid-80sF/29C.
Fairly high humidity of nearly 70 % in July and August but sea breezes keep coastal areas more comfortable and cooler night temperatures give a break from the heat.
Mountains in the west are generally cooler and wetter than elsewhere. No snow most winters. A few attractions close in winter months but nearly all are open in the spring, summer and fall. More rainy days in spring than in fall.

At least 95% of soft-shelled crabs eaten in the U.S. are harvested in Maryland.
Bancroft Hall, on the U.S. Naval Academy campus, is the largest dormitory in the country. Its 5miles/8km of hallways house every 'Middie' in the Academy.
Elkton was once the marriage capital of the world. Chapels offering no-wait weddings lined Main Street and attracted thousands of lovers, including celebrities like Babe Ruth, Billie Holiday and Debbie Reynolds.

Archaeologists working near the town of Edgewater have unearthed remnants of a colonial city, London Town,that was a busy port 300 years ago. In its heyday, it rivaled Annapolis in importance.

Because of declining oyster stocks, watermen face restrictions on when, where and how they can dredge. For instance, they must use sail power for a certain number of days each week, which nets fewer oysters than dredging with motorized boats.
Surratt House in Clinton is where one of the conspirators in the assassination of Abraham Lincoln hid weapons. John Surratt's mother was hanged, though it was her son who was actually involved in the plot. His trial resulted in a hung jury and dismissal of charges.

The Clara Barton National Historic Site (Glen Echo) is dedicated to the heroic nurse who established the American Red Cross.
Maryland's official state sport is jousting.
Saccharine was created in Maryland in 1879.
The first sex-change operations in the U.S. were performed at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore.

The Fuld brothers invented the Ouija board in Baltimore in 1892.
Maryland's wide variety of fishing includes kingfish, bluefish, white marlin, brown and rainbow trout, bass, yellow perch, bluegill and rockfish.
All of Maryland's 400 lakes are man-made.
City Overview

Baltimore's bustling Inner Harbor on Chesapeake Bay, which has 6,437km (4,000 miles) of shoreline, is one of the greatest tourist attractions of the mid-Atlantic region. Baltimore is also Maryland's major city, one of America's busiest ports and only about 60km (40 miles) from Washington DC. It has a cosmopolitan population of over 2million yet has a charming village-like atmosphere.

The 3care/1.2hectare Inner Harbor is a square-shaped waterfront lined with museums, shops, restaurants and many other attractions and most of the city's major hotels are nearby.

such as HarborPlace (an upscale shopping emporium on the water's edge), the National Aquarium in Baltimore, Oriole Park at Camden Yards and the Maryland Science Center. Most of the city's major hotels are located nearby.
Inner Harbor contains the Top of the World Observation Level at the World Trade Center, the National Aquarium in Baltimore, the Maryland Science Center and the children's museum Port Discovery. An open-air amphitheatre is the site of an annual summer-long street performers' festival.

Nearby is the Charles Center with 22acres/9hectares of offices, tower blocks, overhead walkways, fountains and plazas. Also nearby is the Baltimore Arena site for ice hockey, indoor soccer and other special attractions.
The Pier Six Concert Pavilion hosts concerts in summer months. The city's art museums include the Baltimore Museum of Art, Walters Art Gallery and the American Visionary Art Museum.

Mount Vernon Place has 19th-century houses and squares and various cultural institutions, such as the Peabody Conservatory of Music. It also includes the Washington Monument, which can be climbed for a panoramic view.
A short water-taxi ride from the Inner Harbor is the star-shaped, brick-built Fort McHenry National Monument, whose bombardment in 1814 inspired the writing of The Star-Spangled Banner. Special drills and military ceremonies are performed there in summer.
Orientation

The city's downtown fans out from the harbor, with Charles Street dividing the east and west sides. Just to the east is Little Italy, a neighborhood of ethnic eateries and colorful, well-kept row houses. East of that is Fell's Point, an historic maritime community with some of the city's most popular restaurants, bars and shops.
Canton, east of Fell's Point, is one of the city's hot neighborhoods that attracts lots of evening activity to its popular bars, restaurants and marina. South of downtown is Federal Hill, a hilltop neighborhood overlooking the harbor with renovated homes, some dating from the 1700s.

North of downtown is Mount Vernon, named after George Washington's home. It's a stately neighborhood of elegant row houses and tree-shaded parks and is Baltimore's cultural corridor - home to Walters Art Gallery, the Peabody Conservatory of Music and Library, Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, the Lyric Opera House and Center Stage.

City Facts And Info At A Glance

Population: Metropolitan Baltimore: 2,382,172.
Area of City: Baltimore: 85sq miles/220sq km. Metropolitan area: 2,749sq miles/7,120 sqkm.

County: The only municipality in Maryland NOT in a county. It is a jurisdiction unto itself, separate from neighboring Baltimore County.
Time Zone: 5 hours behind GMT. Daylight Saving Time observed from the first Sunday in April to the last Sunday in October.
Business Attire: Jackets and ties for men, suits or dresses for women. But the business community takes an open-minded approach and less formal attire is OK in many situations.

Crime: As in any large U.S. city, tourists should exercise due caution at all times. According to police, homicide and overall violent crime rates are stable. However, much of the crime is drug related and generally NOT centered in tourist areas, which are relatively safe during the day and early evening. Downtown and Inner Harbor are patrolled not only by police but also by public safety guides who answer questions, give directions and serve as extra eyes and ears for the police. Their black uniforms have a bright purple stripe down the sides and they wear a purple cap. The Downtown Partnership that provides these guides, will also arrange for safety escorts within the downtown area.

Money:
Banking Hours: Downtown Monday-Friday 8:30am-3pm. Most closed Saturday but outlying areas and suburbs have branches open Saturday hours and extended hours for drive-through windows.

Attractions
The Inner Harbor will probably be the centerpiece for most tourists. It overlooks Patapsco River, a tributary of Chesapeake Bay. Following extensive renovations in the 1960s, the thriving waterfront now embraces more than 100 shops and restaurants with two malls -Harborplace and the Gallery. Three important attractions are centered there: the National Aquarium in Baltimore, the Maryland Science Center and the Baltimore Maritime Museum. The Inner Harbor borders downtown and is just blocks away from historic Fell's Point, Charles Street and Federal Hill.
Landmarks & Historical Sites

Ft. McHenry National Monument & Historic Shrine: At entrance to Baltimore Harbor, south of Inner Harbor, is the star-shaped fort that held the defense against the British bombardment of Baltimore during the War of 1812. It's set in a delightful park with lovely water views. Francis Scott Key, an observer of the battle, was inspired by the sight of the fort's flag after hours of bombing and wrote what became the U.S. national anthem. Tours, films and re-enactments. Permanent exhibits show the fort's military role, a Civil War prison camp and a World War I hospital.
Camden Yards: Home to the beloved Baltimore Orioles. The classic design of this ballpark makes it a mecca for fans and has set a new standard for baseball stadium design.

Babe Ruth Birthplace & Baseball Center: Around the corner from Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Tells the story of the legendary baseball player through rare photos, vintage radio broadcasts, game action highlights and memorabilia. Also displays Baltimore Orioles' history and souvenirs.
Peabody Library: One of the city's most striking architectural treasures. Five tiers of interior cast iron balconies rise dramatically to a skylight high above the floor. The library collection reflects scholarly interests of the 19th century, including a large array of maps.

H. L. Mencken House: Honors the Sage of Baltimore, the legendary newspaper columnist, critic and literary light of the 1920s. On display are many of his favorite possessions, including his baby grand piano
Westminster Hall & Burial Ground: City's oldest cemetery is most famous as the burial place of Edgar Allan Poe, who died mysteriously in Baltimore at the age of 40. Visitors are generally intrigued by his grave, where a ghostly black raven embellishes the tombstone. Each year a mysterious phantom creeps in on the anniversary of Poe's death and leaves flowers and cognac. Other tombs hold the remains of generals from the American Revolution and the War of 1812. .
Washington Monument & Gallery: A 178ft/54m white marble column at the heart of Mount Vernon Place, offering a fine view of downtown and beyond. The 228-step climb to the top is not for the weary. This landmark was designed by Robert Mills, the architect of the Washington Monument in Washington, D.C. The gallery features 19th-century photographs and artifacts. On the first Thursday of every month, the gallery is open until 8 pm, affording a breathtaking nighttime view of Baltimore from the top.

Evergreen House: A gorgeous, 48-room Italianate mansion built in 1850s. It's surrounded by trees and filled with exceptional decorative art, rare book collections, Tiffany glass and theater art.

Basilica of the National Shrine of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary: Was first Roman Catholic cathedral in the U.S., designed by Benjamin Henry Latrobe, architect of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C.

Mother Seton House: Baltimore home of the first U.S.-born saint of the Roman Catholic Church and founder of the religious order Sisters of Charity. Next door to it is St. Mary's Spiritual Center, which formerly housed St. Mary's Seminary, the first Roman Catholic seminary in the country. An interior chapel dating to 1806 has been beautifully preserved. '

Museums
The Baltimore Museum of Art: World-class with permanent collection of over 130,000 works of art. Famous Cone Collection includes works by Matisse, Picasso, Monet, Cezanne, Gauguin and van Gogh. Furniture and miniatures, along with the arts of Africa, Asia and Oceania, fill the entire first floor. Another wing for modern art houses permanent collections of painting and sculpture by Jasper Johns, Willem de Kooning, Helen Frankenthaler and others, as well as the second-largest collection of Andy Warhol paintings on regular public display in the U.S.

Walters Art Gallery: Famous for its stunning array of ceramics, illuminated manuscripts, tapestries, stained glass, sculptures, medieval armor and jeweled Faberge eggs. Hackerman House, an adjacent 1850 mansion on Mount Vernon Place, contains the Asian Wing with 7,000 works from Asia.

American Visionary Art Museum: The only museum in the country restricted to works by self-taught artists. Artifacts include a 1950s-era Corvair covered entirely with gemstones, beads and plastic baubles; sparkling outdoor whirligigs by Vollis Simpson; and intricate matchstick creations by Gerald Hawkins. The Joy America Cafe (quirky, pricey and popular) is on the top floor.

B&O Railroad Museum: Just west of downtown and one of the city's most popular attractions. Has vintage locomotives and cars in the roundhouse of the nation's first passenger and freight station, Mount Clare. Also has prints, dioramas, relics and a model train garden..

1840 House: Focal point of a multi-museum complex highlighting Baltimore's history. It's the city's only living-history museum. Actors in period clothing portray a mid-19th century family. Reproductions of period furnishings fill the row house, as well as nearby Carroll Mansion..

Baltimore Maritime Museum floats: Visitors learn about maritime history aboard three distinguished vessels. The submarine Torsk set a world record of 11,884 dives during its career. The Coast Guard cutter U.S.C.G. Taney served at Pearl Harbor in World War II and the lightship Chesapeake was both a floating lighthouse and an environmental study site. The Seven Foot Knoll Lighthouse, once the site of dramatic rescues at sea, was relocated to the Inner Harbor from its original setting in Chesapeake Bay.

Great Blacks in Wax Museum: The first and only museum of its kind in the nation, exhibiting more than 100 figures including Rosa Parks, Frederick Douglass, Carl Lewis and Harriet Tubman in tableaux arranged chronologically. Modern figures include General Colin Powell and NAACP leader Kweisi Mfume. Also full-size replica of a slave ship.

Maryland Historical Society: Attractions include world's largest 19th-century American silver collection, portraits, prints, decorative arts and the original copy of The Star-Spangled Banner. Exhibits housed in the 19th-century Mount Vernon mansion of philanthropist Enoch Pratt.

Jewish Museum of Maryland: Jewish history, art and culture with a special emphasis on Baltimore and surrounding regions. Visitors can tour the restored Lloyd Street Synagogue (third oldest in the U.S.), view the historic B'nai Israel Synagogue and explore the museum's photos, documents and other items.
Baltimore Civil War Museum: Housed in oldest large-city railroad station in the country. Documents such events as the Pratt Street Riots of 1864 and the station's history as a corridor for slaves escaping north on the underground railroad. It's on the waterfront, between the Inner Harbor and Fell's Point.
PARKS, GARDENS & ZOOS

Mount Vernon Place: Ranked by some as one of the most beautiful urban spaces in the world, it is a set of four small parks filled with fountains and sculptures and surrounded by elegant town homes, a museum and a music conservatory. Named after George Washington's Virginia home, not only for its grace and beauty but also for its centerpiece Washington Monument, one of the nation's first monuments built in his honor.

Baltimore Zoo: At Druid Hill Park, northwest Baltimore. Some fine naturalistic habitats, including an engaging chimpanzee exhibit and popular African Watering Hole. The Children's Zoo is regarded as one of the best in the U.S.
Sherwood Gardens: Amid mansions in Guilford neighborhood. Bursts into bloom in late April with more than 70,000 tulips. Sunday morning visits to the park are a tradition with Baltimoreans. Greenway and Stratford Road in north Baltimore.
Aquarium & Planetarium

National Aquarium in Baltimore: Crown jewel of Inner Harbor and ranks among the great aquatic museums of the world. More than 7,000 creatures represent 500 species on display, including fish, reptiles, amphibians, invertebrates and mammals in re-creations of their natural habitats. Visitors can traverse a steamy rainforest where birds fly free and stroll down ramps leading to a huge shark ring. The Marine Mammal Pavilion showcases dolphins. Maryland Science Center: Learn about energy, TV production, Chesapeake Bay and the Hubble space telescope through hands-on exhibits and live demonstrations on the center's three floors. Realistic representations of constellations, asteroids and meteors orbit the domed ceiling of the Davis Planetarium. Also an IMAX theater.

Port Discovery: Kids' paradise. Interactive exhibits created by Walt Disney Imagineering - a giant centerpiece called KidWorks that offers three stories of climbing, crawling, swinging, sliding and more.
Day trips

To Washington DC
The nation's capital is less than an hour's drive south of Baltimore. A day's visit could include stops at one or more of the Smithsonian Institution's museums, the Vietnam War Memorial, the Lincoln Memorial and the Jefferson Monument, as well as tours of Congress and the White House.
To Annapolis

Maryland's capital city and the home of the U.S. Naval Academy. Only 30 miles/48 km south of Baltimore. Its quaint and beautiful harbor area is wonderful for shopping, strolling and dining. Some areas surrounding the statehouse date to colonial times. The city was founded in 1649 and was briefly the country's capital.
To Eastern Shore

On the other side of Chesapeake Bay. More rural and pastoral. Many possible destinations. Just 60miles/97km from Baltimore is the harbor town of Oxford dating to the late 17th century. Visitors can ride the oldest free ferry in the country, explore historic Oxford cemetery, tour a museum dedicated to maritime history and browse in downtown shops.

To Gettysburg
The site of one of the decisive battles of the Civil War is now Gettysburg National Military Park, only 45miles/72km north-west of Baltimore.
To Harper's Ferry

About an hour's ride from Baltimore about 70miles/110km west in West Virginia. Site of John Brown's raid.

Outdoor Activities
Baltimore has a network of big parks, several with public golfing and tennis facilities in addition to hiking and picnicking spots. Nearby Chesapeake Bay is another natural option for recreation, particularly sailing. The city's spectator sports scene is dominated by the new NFL Baltimore Ravens and baseball's beloved Orioles.
Shopping

Largest selection in the downtown area can be found at two linked malls, Harborplace and the Gallery, along Pratt Street at Inner Harbor. Both downtown and Fell's Point offer lots of antique shops. Fell's Point also has a dizzying array of secondhand shops catering to the hip-clothing needs of the 20-something crowd. On the opposite end of the spectrum are the exclusive designer boutiques at the Cross Keys shopping center.

Antiques:
Along the 800 block of N. Howard Street on the northern edge of downtown is Antique Row, a strip of antique shops, some of which hold regular auctions. Most stores are open Monday-Saturday 11 am-4 pm. Fell's Point, to the east of the Inner Harbor, is awash with antique shops and galleries.
Art Galleries:
Several along the Charles Street corridor in the northern part of downtown, which makes for a wonderful self-guided walking tour. They tend to show the work of local painters, many of them educated at Maryland Institute College of Art.
Dining
Restaurants are down-to-earth, friendly and inexpensive. Many of the city's best are found in Fell's Point (seafood), Charles Street (terrific for ethnic) and Little Italy. Chesapeake Bay offers plenty options for the city's specialty - plump crab cakes or steamed crabs smothered in fiery Old Bay.

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