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If you love the idea of being pampered and indulging, take a cruise. If you also want to eliminate the hassles and expense of flying, cruise from Baltimore!

Think about it, would you rather have the first and last day of your vacation doing the high-stress airport routine, or be sitting aboard a cruise ship, cocktail in hand, calypso music playing, and watching scenery glide by?

Fortunately, for those who live in the region, it gets even better. You can cruise on Royal Caribbean’s Grandeur of the Seas.

Sailing year-round from Baltimore, you can choose from winter escapes, changing seasons, or tropical paradise destinations on this awesome ship for your ultimate East Coast adventure. And, Royal Caribbean always has the perfect blend of unique experiences on board to complement its destinations, which include the exotic Southern Caribbean, Canada’s picturesque ports, and New England’s iconic coastlines.

The Grandeur of the Seas frequently is ranked as Baltimore’s favorite adventure. While destinations are certainly a part of the draw, the ship itself is a desirable destination. Complimentary Broadway-style entertainment, a sprawling Vegas-style casino, a rock-climbing wall high above the waves, and poolside movies beneath the sun or stars are all some of the highlights aboard the Grandeur of the Seas. The ship also offers a wide range of dining options, from pizza to fine dining, as well as succulent sushi, intimate chef-hosted dinners, and, of course, room service.

Where can you go once aboard the ship? Select from a number of destinations. At King’s Wharf in Bermuda, you have overnight docking for a relaxed schedule. A stop in the Bahamas includes Nassau, Grand Bahama Island, and the private island CocoCay. In U.S. ports, you can see the historic charm of Charleston, S.C., the Art Deco District and beaches of Miami, or a variety of options in Port Canaveral, Fla., the home of the space program and Cocoa Beach, featured in the classic TV series “I Dream of Jeannie.”

Visit royalcaribbean.com  for more details.

And, don’t forget to check out Baltimore, too.

Spend the morning walking around Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, with its brick walkways, chic boutiques, and restaurants that serve the region’s best local seafood. Bring your camera to capture stunning views of the water. Gaze at the historical and majestic tall ships and learn of the city’s rich maritime legacy. You can step aboard some impressive ships, including a Pearl Harbor-era cutter, a 1930s lightship, and a sail-powered warship dating back to 1797.

Right around the corner, there’s even more. Historic Fell’s Point is steeped in maritime history. Or, visit star-shaped Fort McHenry where, in 1814, by dawn’s early light, Francis Scott Key wrote the lyrics of “The Star-Spangled Banner,” our country’s national anthem. Here, you can follow a period costumed guide around the grounds, watch educational films, and see a replica of the 15-starred American flag.

As this article was being written, websites offered rates as low as $299 per person on select dates.

Ready to book your cruise or find out more? Check with your local travel agent, or visit royalcaribbean.com or cruisemaryland.com. Enjoy!

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