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We have always cruised out of Florida or San Juan.    We are looking at two cruises for our 30th anniv.  One leaves out of Florida and is a nine night cruise with three sea days. The other is a twelve night and leaves out of Baltimore with 5 or 6 sea days.  Ports are similar and all are repeats of past cruises so ports are not a deciding factor.  I sure like what seems to be the convenience of Baltimore as we can drive there in 5 hours instead of the 14 to Florida (or fly to Florida).  But, I am wondering how many of the sea days would be COLD COLD COLD.  Of the first three sea days in the dead of winter, would you reasonably expect one or two sea days to be uncomfortably cold?  I am certain the first and last sea days could be bitter.  I know that no one can predict the weather; just wondering if anyone has done a cruise out of Baltimore in winter and what it was like.   Neither of us are sun babies;  we love the warm ports, but past cancer keeps either of us from toasting ourselves for hours on deck.  We prefer to lounge under the lifeboats with a good book watching the waves.   Thank you for your help.  

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I love the convenience of cruising from Baltimore - about a 4-5 drive to the port for me as well. But you take your chances with weather in February. 
 
I haven’t cruised often, but we sailed from Baltimore to Florida & Nassau in February one year during what turned out to be a record setting cold spell for the East Coast, with snow on the day of departure. I don’t think it was warm enough to lounge on deck for most of the cruise. One of our stops was Key West: they set a record low temp that week & the high temp only got to about 60 the day we were there. So our trip may not be representative of normal. 
 

How close is Cape Liberty in NJ? Anthem of the Seas is a newer, larger ship that is designed for colder weather. It has a lot of indoor activities, and a beautiful Solarium. 

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We have cruised from Baltimore and Bayonne many times in the dead of Winter. (JANUARY-FEBRUARY-MARCH)

 

Left NJ 3 times with the upper decks covered in ice and snow.

 

Left from Baltimore after a snowy 3 hour drive 

 

Returned to Baltimore and our cars had to be plowed out in the parking lot.

 

We were in shorts on all those cruises the second day towards evening.

 

Remember day ONE will be  spent getting to know the ship, unpacking,  dining, shows (no casino night 1 from Baltimore) and sleeping.

 

Whether you are leaving from NJ or Maryland the ship will have travelled all night. In either case you will be a few hundred miles South of where you left and a few hundred miles towards warmer weather 

 

 11 days ON A SHIP from a drive to port uses 11 days vacation time, if you are within a certain driving distance.

Spend the extra money on the cruise, not flights or hotels.

 

 

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Personally, I only sail out the Northeast in the spring and summer.

However, if I was going to sail out of the MidAtlantic or Northeast in the winter, I would definitely

go with the Anthem.  Not because of the Seaplex but because of the indoor pool.

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18 minutes ago, Crazy planning mom said:

Personally, I only sail out the Northeast in the spring and summer.

However, if I was going to sail out of the MidAtlantic or Northeast in the winter, I would definitely

go with the Anthem.  Not because of the Seaplex but because of the indoor pool.

What about the Solarium on the Enchantment...?

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57 minutes ago, boscobeans said:

 

We were in shorts on all those cruises the second day towards evening.

On an outside deck? In February? Sorry,that's not my experience.

Average temperature in Charleston in February is 45 low,60 high. That's inland and not on the ocean. 

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17 minutes ago, kwokpot said:

On an outside deck? In February? Sorry,that's not my experience.

Average temperature in Charleston in February is 45 low,60 high. That's inland and not on the ocean. 

Southern Florida is a stretch.

22 years all in the Caribbean  28 cruises almost all the first 3 months of the year. A few during hurricane season as well.

 

Maybe lucky but 2 cruises of our sailings on the Silhouette the lawn area was covered with plastic and they were chipping and shoveling ice and snow off the lawn deck. AND YES after 24 hours at 25 mph we were about 600 miles South of New York and Yes strolling the outer deck in almost balmy weather almost level with Georgia.

Sailed out of Manhattan on HAL in March and we left our coats in the car, same cruise the next year and it was like a freezer.

 

Rocked our way through two seasonal hurricanes and then again we have had billiard table smooth seas in January.

 

Can trust Mother Nature.

 

We have had blizzards at Thanksgiving and other times we have needed air-conditioning.

 

Sailed from Baltimore in Winter and it was sweltering hot whereas last March 7th is was frigid and colder than Upstate New York.

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Have anyone cruise out of Baltimore in April or May? Plus, what are you impressions of sailing in an Owners Suite on the Enchantment of the Season?

We are looking at sailing in April or May 2022.

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17 minutes ago, cruise47 said:

Have anyone cruise out of Baltimore in April or May? Plus, what are you impressions of sailing in an Owners Suite on the Enchantment of the Season?

We are looking at sailing in April or May 2022.

We did it out of Norfolk, to Bermuda in May, it was nice, the air was warm enough, but the water was still cold for the snorkeling. Not, cold where you wanted to get out but cold enough after a few hours of snorkeling, your body felt cold and wanted a hot shower.

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6 hours ago, cruise47 said:

Have anyone cruise out of Baltimore in April or May? Plus, what are you impressions of sailing in an Owners Suite on the Enchantment of the Season?

We are looking at sailing in April or May 2022.

We have, usually for a Canada/New England cruise.  Where are you thinking of going?

We've also done January cruises from Baltimore many times.  Cold on boarding day, then mild, then warm, then hot.

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On 6/22/2021 at 3:22 PM, MtnSeaGirl said:

We have always cruised out of Florida or San Juan.    We are looking at two cruises for our 30th anniv.  One leaves out of Florida and is a nine night cruise with three sea days. The other is a twelve night and leaves out of Baltimore with 5 or 6 sea days.  Ports are similar and all are repeats of past cruises so ports are not a deciding factor.  I sure like what seems to be the convenience of Baltimore as we can drive there in 5 hours instead of the 14 to Florida (or fly to Florida).  But, I am wondering how many of the sea days would be COLD COLD COLD.  Of the first three sea days in the dead of winter, would you reasonably expect one or two sea days to be uncomfortably cold?  I am certain the first and last sea days could be bitter.  I know that no one can predict the weather; just wondering if anyone has done a cruise out of Baltimore in winter and what it was like.   Neither of us are sun babies;  we love the warm ports, but past cancer keeps either of us from toasting ourselves for hours on deck.  We prefer to lounge under the lifeboats with a good book watching the waves.   Thank you for your help.  

Who cares how cold it will be? 12 days on a cruise is better than sitting at home for 3 days where it will be cold as well.

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We sailed out of Baltimore in early Jan. The first day was chilly, but a warm blanket, hot beverage and I was still outside on the balcony!! 

The problem (not so much of a problem for me) was returning ti the port... The port was snowed in, the ship could not dock, so we spent an extra day zig zagging up the coast. A lot of people got seasick. RC was great, they covered the extra day of parking, gave everyone 30 minutes of internet or phone calls or both, paid for flight changes, etc etc
When we did dock, we had to shovel our car out, and get home through a fresh snow storm. 

We didn't have an issue of the extra day for work, but I know others did.

Because of that cruise, my DH doesn't want to cruise out of the East Coast again during the winter 

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We have cruised from Baltimore many times.  We have cruised several times during the winter months.  I see you are from Virginia so you know what the temps in Baltimore are like--because they are the same.  Someone mentioned it is a little warmer the next day, very pleasant the following day and hot in the Caribbean.  

 

There are some other things to consider.  I think we were on the same sailing as Boscobeans and had to dig out of snow and that was a March cruise.  We have also found that we get a storm [could be snow or rain] every couple of weeks in January and February.  So, we tended to have a rough sea day either coming back or going.  We did not like to start or end our cruise that way. . . and it happened most of the time in winter.  So, we stopped sailing from Baltimore in late Dec, Jan, Feb.  YMMV

 

Baltimore is such an easy port to get to and sail from.  We can't wait to sail again.  We were on the last cruise from Baltimore, last March 7.   However, for a winter cruise I would fly to FL.

 

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For us it is a 2 +/- hr drive to either Baltimore or Cape Liberty, so much easier and cheaper than flying to FL.    We have done many sailings from November thru March at these 2 ports and as others have said your first day at sea will be chilly but definitely warms up on the 2nd day to where you can sit at the outdoor pool deck or your balcony.      

For some winter sailings we will fly to FL as you get to cruise to some southern and western Caribbean ports that you are not on the itineraries out of MD or NJ.    But like you said if not worry about the ports and enjoy relaxing and reading on your sea days then book the cruise out of MD.

Have fun planning.

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