BALTIMORE (WJZ) — The Port of Baltimore does it again. For the third year in a row, the number of passengers cruising out of Charm City is at an all-time high.

Gigi Barnett explains why.

Charlie and Shirley Wriker enjoy going on cruises.

“We love it ’cause everything is right there. They take us, we go to different places, we don’t have to unpack,” Wriker said.

And that kind of convenience is causing a boom in cruise line passengers at the Port of Baltimore, so much so that last month the port became the fifth-busiest cruise terminal on the East Coast.

Port spokesman Richard Scher says Baltimore is in good company.

“The group of cruise ports that are now in the top five with us are the creme de la creme of cruise ports in the U.S.: Miami, Fort Lauderdale, New York,” Scher said.

One reason why the state says its cruise port is so successful is I-95. It is right next to the cruise terminal and it attracts passengers from as far away as the Midwest.

“People can avoid flying, save their money and spend it on their ship,” Scher said.

That’s why the Wrikers picked Baltimore’s terminal. They drove from North Carolina.

“We like somewhere we can drive to instead of fly,” Wriker said.

The port expects more passengers to discover Baltimore. One of its largest cruise lines recently signed a new five-year contract to keep cruising out of Charm City.

With so many passengers sailing in and out of Baltimore, the city says cruise lines bring about $90 million into the state and add a little more than 200 jobs to the port.

Comments (4)
  1. Stella says:

    I am so very pleased and excited that we have Cruise ships here in the port of Baltimore. I do not like to fly so it will be very easy for me to get to the port when I take my cruise in 2012. Ships Ahoy!!

  2. La Tanya Watt says:

    I love cruising from Baltimore, its home. More reasonably priced and my family has become more interested in vacationing.
    In fact I just returned home last night.

  3. NG says:

    It’s wonderful to have a boost in our local economy. Let’s just keep an eye on environmental costs and consider the following,

  4. Janet Snyder says:

    I took my first cruise this year for my 25th anniversary we cruised with Carnival we had
    a wonderful time. We already booked for next year.

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