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Royal Caribbean welcome back

Cruise Maryland General Manager Cynthia Burman and MDOT MPA Executive Director William P. Doyle (at right) were joined by Royal Caribbean and Intercruises staff as they celebrated the return of Royal Caribbean cruises to Baltimore.

Just in time for Christmas, the Royal Caribbean Cruise Line set sail for its first cruise from Maryland since the cruise industry-wide COVID-19 pause in operations ended earlier this year. Royal Caribbean’s Enchantment of the Seas departed Dec. 23 on an eight-night cruise to The Bahamas, also visiting the cruise line’s famous private island, Coco Cay.

“The return of Royal Caribbean to the Port of Baltimore was a great way to celebrate the holiday season!” said William P. Doyle, Executive Director of the Maryland Department of Transportation Maryland Port Administration (MDOT MPA). “People love to cruise from Baltimore for so many reasons, starting with our location. Our cruise terminal is directly off Interstate 95, and BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport is only 15 minutes away. We’re located right alongside Baltimore’s world-famous Inner Harbor, as well as Federal Hill, Fort McHenry and Fells Point, with plenty of sightseeing, dining and shopping options.”

Royal Caribbean Cruise Line has sailed from Baltimore since 2004. It began offering year-round sailings from Charm City in 2010. The Enchantment of the Seas ship replaces Baltimore’s former Royal Caribbean ship, the Grandeur of the Seas.

Royal Caribbean offers a wide array of cruise options from Baltimore, including:

  • 11- and 12-night sailings to the Caribbean
  • Seven-, eight- and nine-night voyages to Bermuda, The Bahamas, Canada and New England
  • Five-night sailings to Bermuda

The Port of Baltimore is the closest East Coast drive-to port from several states, including Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana and Illinois. Baltimore is also within a three-hour drive from the New York City metro area. (Photo by Bill McAllen)