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Shoresan

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We're sailing on the Pride on June 6 out of Baltimore. I know it just began sailing from there this month but wondered if anyone can share their experiences on parking, embarkation, etc. We're planning on driving and parking there ( we live in Philly). I wonder how early you can board the ship.

 

Thanks for any info you can share.

Cathy:o

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Hi Cathy,

 

I'll be sailing out of Baltimore too on May 17th, so I'm just as curious as you as to how everything goes out of Baltimore.

 

Alas, The Pride will be the very first ship from Carnival to sail from there, so no one will be able to give you an answer about it all yet.

 

The first sailing from Baltimore is leaving on April 27th. So, hopefully a week or two after that we should start hearing reviews from those cruisers :)

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Hi there,

Glad someone started this thread...we are cruising out of Baltimore in August. Hopefully all of the kinks (if there are any) will be ironed out by then. Don't forget to post after you cruise!!

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i took a cruise on Grandeur of the seas out of Baltimore.On the news the other day I heard Carnival will be porting where Royal Caribbean is. i also got an email from Carnival saying Carnival Pride will be the ship docking at the Baltimore Harbour for this year.

 

 

Shoresan to answer one of your questions you usually start boarding after 12pm or maybe later ...but remember that the cabins are not ready till 1pm so U need to carry your bags around the ship. Go to lido have some lunch and by the time u finished the cabin will be ready...That's what I always do:rolleyes:

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We've sailed out of Baltimore twice on Royal Caribbean and found it to be a really convenient port from which to sail. The port is just a couple of minutes off Route 95 and well marked so there is no need to drive through the city looking for it. Parking is directly next to the terminal and there seems to be plenty of space. We drove in and a person was right there to get our luggage a minute or so later. We placed our luggage in one of the several storage carriers located in the lot and walked into the terminal. As I recall, the terminal was pretty basic but clean and bright. There weren't as many seats as you might find in the NYC terminal (from which we also have sailed) but we thought the check-in process was very well-organized. We tend to be "early arrivers" and both times we sailed out of Baltimore, we were on the ship shortly before noon. We also found the terminal staff to be really nice and helpful. Of course, it was two years ago that we last sailed out of Baltimore and we weren't on Carnival so it's possible things could be different for you. Have a great cruise!

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Hi Cathy,

 

I'll be sailing out of Baltimore too on May 17th, so I'm just as curious as you as to how everything goes out of Baltimore.

 

Alas, The Pride will be the very first ship from Carnival to sail from there, so no one will be able to give you an answer about it all yet.

 

The first sailing from Baltimore is leaving on April 27th. So, hopefully a week or two after that we should start hearing reviews from those cruisers :)

Hey there! We are on the May 17th sailing with you. Looking forward to seeing some reviews in a few weeks. I am so excited to be back on a Spirit class ship again! :D

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I don't recall the cost, but parking was VERY convenient when we sailed the Legend to Bermuda from B'More. In fact, as we stood on our balcony, we looked directly down on our car! We only live an hour away, so we'll be sailing the Pride in the future. Wish they had a better itinerary though.

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We're also sailing 6/6 out of Baltimore and I have a question also.How long are you near shore sailing down the Chesapeake?I've spent some time on the bay and thought it was beautiful scenery.I have friends who said sailing under the Bay Bridge was awesome but they didn't stay outside after that event.I've seen tons of wildlife in the Chesapeake and was wondering if I'd have the same opportunity on the boat leaving Baltimore.

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Does anyone know how much to park in Baltimore?

 

There are some other threads that mention some hotels that have a park & sail package. Stay the night before, leave your car at the hotel for the week, they shuttle you back & forth from the pier. For my cruise, $105 to park at the pier, but $119 for this deal at Hampton Inn, BWI. Check it out:D

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We are on the Pride Aug 14, and also eagerly awaiting some reviews and comments on how it goes. One thing that I will be really interested in is when boarding typically starts. The itinerary shows the ship arriving at 10am and sailing at 530, so that seems to be a pretty quick turnaround. Don't want to arrive too early to find they are still disembarking. Did that once before, and it wasn't fun.

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We are on the Pride Aug 14, and also eagerly awaiting some reviews and comments on how it goes. One thing that I will be really interested in is when boarding typically starts. The itinerary shows the ship arriving at 10am and sailing at 530, so that seems to be a pretty quick turnaround. Don't want to arrive too early to find they are still disembarking. Did that once before, and it wasn't fun.

 

When U received ur cruise documents it will say that embarkation starts @1pm. But usually starts after 12 it depends. even though the rooms are not ready till 1.

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I am from the Baltimore Area and will be sailing on the Pride on the 20th of June. Since the ship doesn't get until 10 am boarding won't start until around 2. I have a friend with a car service who is contracted by Carnival. He is going to get me more detail on the time to arrive at the ship but I think the documents said 2.

 

I am very excited about this ship being in Baltimore. It sure beats flying somewhere to catch a ship. I hope if this is a successful port for Carnival they will add more ships.

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I am from the Baltimore Area and will be sailing on the Pride on the 20th of June. Since the ship doesn't get until 10 am boarding won't start until around 2. I have a friend with a car service who is contracted by Carnival. He is going to get me more detail on the time to arrive at the ship but I think the documents said 2.

 

I am very excited about this ship being in Baltimore. It sure beats flying somewhere to catch a ship. I hope if this is a successful port for Carnival they will add more ships.

 

For average cruises leaving at 4:00 pm we never had problems boarding at 11:00 am...so I'm guessing ,adding the 1.5 hr change for the 5:30 pm departure, I'm planning to arrive at 12:30-1:00 pm.

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For average cruises leaving at 4:00 pm we never had problems boarding at 11:00 am...so I'm guessing ,adding the 1.5 hr change for the 5:30 pm departure, I'm planning to arrive at 12:30-1:00 pm.

 

We've usually found the same thing. But in those cases, the ship arrived in port between 6 and 7am, not 10 like this one.

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There are some other threads that mention some hotels that have a park & sail package. Stay the night before, leave your car at the hotel for the week, they shuttle you back & forth from the pier. For my cruise, $105 to park at the pier, but $119 for this deal at Hampton Inn, BWI. Check it out:D

 

Went to the Hampton Inn website but the room for the stay, park, cruise pkg. (with a gov't/military discount) is $190. + per night for 8/13/09. When are you going? Where did you book thru?

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Went to the Hampton Inn website but the room for the stay, park, cruise pkg. (with a gov't/military discount) is $190. + per night for 8/13/09. When are you going? Where did you book thru?

 

I got the $99 park and cruise deal on the phone by calling the local number...

It never hurts to ask.:)

 

Mike

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Our docs say board between 2PM and 4PM but we're planning to arrive around 12:30 or so and hope they are running early.

 

I'll definitely post when we get back. It's my favorite way to relive the trip. :)

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I am interested in learning how much time it takes to get from Baltimore to Hampton Roads and the open ocean. I hope those of you who will be soon sailing will give us a report about that.

 

 

I have heard from people who have saile from Baltimore before that it's about 12 hours. I know from Norfolk alone it takes about 2 hours but that's coming from a different direction and a much shorter distance.

 

I was thinking last night - I wonder if the casino and shops will not be open the first day at all since we won't be in international waters for until the next morning sometime? Same thing on the way back - will the close up the casino at 9 or 10 pm on the last night?

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I have heard from people who have saile from Baltimore before that it's about 12 hours. I know from Norfolk alone it takes about 2 hours but that's coming from a different direction and a much shorter distance.

 

I was thinking last night - I wonder if the casino and shops will not be open the first day at all since we won't be in international waters for until the next morning sometime? Same thing on the way back - will the close up the casino at 9 or 10 pm on the last night?

 

I'm going to assume Carnival will do things similar to Royal Caribbean has. Royal Caribbean usually leaves at 4 and opens the shops at 4:30 and casinos around supper time (I don't gamble so don't pay an awful lot of attention to the exact time). It takes about 45 minutes to get to the Key Bridge and 2 hours to get to the Annapolis Bay Bridge. It takes about 7 hours to bet to the Chesapeake Bay bridge. Royal Caribbean's Granduer gets in at either 7 or 8 depending on the itenerary and picks up the pilot at 10 or 11 pm the night before. The casino is still open when I go to bed about midnight so I'm not sure what time it closes the last night. The shops usually close about 11 pm.

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