Cruising from the Port of Baltimore

With Washington D.C., Philadelphia, and the city of Baltimore all nearby, it’s easy to see why the cruise lines enjoy having ships sail from the Port of Baltimore. There are millions of potential passengers within a short drive.

Meanwhile, those living in the area don’t have to deal with the hassle and expense of flying to get to a port city. A cruise to the Bahamas or Bermuda is just a short drive to the port.

Indeed, the port is now a major hub on the East Coast, the perfect midpoint between the busy ports of Florida and the New England ports of New York and Boston.

You can sail year-round to points in the Caribbean, the Bahamas, Bermuda, and New England. You also have your choice of two cruise lines — Carnival and Royal Caribbean — which each have a cruise ship at the port.

If it’s your first time sailing from Baltimore, you likely have a few questions about your cruise… how to get there, where to park, where to stay, and even more. So to help you get started, we’ve covered the basics of the port to give you a better idea of its location and layout. The links below should also help you answer some of the common questions about sailing from the port.

Port of Baltimore Location & Terminal

The cruise terminal is located south of Baltimore’s historic downtown on a spit of land called Locust Point, just off of Interstate 95. The port is about three miles (10 minutes) from downtown and 11 miles from Baltimore-Washington International Airport (BWI). If you are in the Washington, D.C. area, then it’s about a 40-mile trip to Baltimore.

The cruise port address is:

2001 East McComas Street
Baltimore, MD 21230

There is only one terminal at the port, which helps to keep things more sane on cruise day compared to busier ports like New York or Miami. For convenience, parking is on site, just steps away from the ship.

Port of Baltimore map
Map data: Google

Cruise Lines Served: Carnival, Royal Caribbean

Distance to Airports:
Baltimore-Washington International (BWI) – 10.5 miles | 15-25 minutes
Washington Dulles – 61 miles | 1-2 hours
Reagan National Airport – 43 miles | 50-90 minutes

Getting to the Port of Baltimore

For many people, getting to the port is as simple as hopping in the car and driving to the terminal. With millions living in the area, it’s a short drive for many that set sail from Baltimore. The port is about an hour’s drive from Washington, D.C. and roughly two hours from Philadelphia.

Flying in for your cruise? Or maybe you simply don’t want to drive? In that case there are a few options to get to the port. Uber and Lyft are perhaps the most convenient option and the cheapest price. As well, taxis are available. For all your transportation options from airports and the Baltimore area to the cruise port, see our port transportation page here.

Dropping off passengers? Not sure where to go once you get to the port? We have turn-by-turn directions to find your cruise terminal. See our page on dropping off passengers here.

Baltimore Cruise Parking

If you’re driving in for your cruise, then you have to find a place to park your car. Parking is very convenient at the cruise terminal. It’s literally steps away from the ship. You’ll have to pay $15 per night for parking. There is also space for oversized vehicles. You can get all the details on parking at our Port of Baltimore Cruise Parking page.

Baltimore cruise parking map
Map data: Google

Want to save some money? A number of hotels in the area offer park and cruise packages. The premise is simple — stay for a night before your cruise and the hotel will let you park there at a discount. You’ll still need transportation, but that’s a small price to pay for saving a ton on parking. For our list of Baltimore park & cruise hotels, click here.

Where to Stay for Your Cruise

Plan to stay in the Baltimore area the night before your cruise? We mentioned that there are a number of hotels with park and cruise specials. If you’re simply looking for close, high quality hotels, then your options are going to be around the downtown and Inner Harbor section. This is the more “touristy” spot in the city and about 10 minutes from the cruise terminal. There you’ll find a number of name-brand hotels all within a short ride to the cruise port on embarkation day. See our list of hotels convenient to the Baltimore cruise port.

Feature Photo: Joe Loong

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