Winter is just a few weeks away. As the nights draw in, and the mercury drops, it’s easy to feel disheartened and dispirited. But there is no better way to escape the cold in Maryland, if you’re a fan of going to the beach, than a wonderful cruise to the warm and sunny Caribbean. This year, Carnival Cruises’ Carnival Legend and Royal Caribbean’s Enchantment of the Seas are both based in Baltimore, and between them they offer a fabulous range of cruises to the Bahamas and Caribbean. We’ve picked 3 fantastic cruise itineraries to describe in more detail. But if you want a complete listing of cruises available, a good reference is cruises from Baltimore.
Itinerary 1 – 7 Nights Bahamas on Carnival Legend
Departing December 4, 11, 26, January 22, 29, February 5, 12, 19, 26 this beautiful cruise sails down to the Bahamas, with stops at Freeport, Nassau and Princess Cays. The Bahamas are best known for their white sand beaches and turquoise waters, and all three islands will not disappoint!
Itinerary 2 – 12 Night Southern Caribbean on Enchantment of the Seas
With voyages scheduled on two dates, January 14 and February 11 this itinerary includes St Maarten, St Kitts, St Croix and Barbados. Each cruise also has one additional stop – St Johns on the January 14 sailing and St Lucia on February 11. These islands have a marvellous Caribbean vibe, and each can boast unique attractions. To pick out a favorite of the many excellent excursions available on this itinerary, don’t miss out on a trip to St Kitt’s gorgeous South Friars bay, which boasts some excellent snorkeling.
Itinerary 3 – 14 Night Southern Caribbean on Carnival Legend
At two weeks, this is the longest cruise out of Baltimore this winter, and there’s only one sailing, on January 8. But if you can spare two weeks for this cruise, you are in for a super treat. Your ship will take you all the way down to the Southern Caribbean to the islands of Aruba and Curacao, two of the famed ABC islands, just 20 miles away from mainland Venezuela. (ABC stands for ‘A’ruba, ‘B’onaire and ‘C’uracao). You’ll also call in at St Thomas, St Maarten, and St Lucia on your way south, and Grand Turk on your return. One of the many highlights of this voyage is exploring the colourful town of Willemstad on Curacao, accessed from the cruise port by an entertaining walk across the Queen Emma bridge.
These three itineraries are just a sample of cruises from Baltimore on offer. There are many other alternatives, and you will have a great time selecting the cruise that’s just right for you!