Your Spirit cruise departs from the west wall of the fabulous Inner Harbor in Baltimore. Your excursion travels from the Inner Harbor along the Patapsco River with fascinating views of local great landmarks and Baltimore’s historic waterfront. No trip to Baltimore is complete without a view from the panoramic deck of our festive ship. And while you're enjoying all the highlights, you can dine, dance and have a great time, too.
Spirit Dining Cruises in Baltimore sail along the Patapsco River. Spirit travels past Ft. McHenry and the Francis Scott Key Bridge before it makes its way back. As we leave port, you will notice the Maryland Science Center, the state’s major source of informal science, technology and math education. There's nothing like seeing an IMAX show or the fabulous Planetarium.
Next to the Science Center is a grassy hill known as Federal Hill, which received its name because the federal constitution was ratified here. The Hill also served as a lookout point for the cities merchants. You can also see the Pride Mast Memorial, from the original Pride of Baltimore, a replica 19th century topsail schooner which capsized and sank in a freak squall north of Puerto Rico in 1986. Sadly, the Captain and three of 11 crew members were lost. The vessel proudly serves as a Goodwill Ambassador for the City of Baltimore and has been replaced by the Pride of Baltimore II. The large white ship, called the Sanctuary, that once served as Navy Hospital Ship during the Korean War. It was the sister ship to the U.S.S. Hope, which was well known in the 1960’s. The Modern Hospital Ship, the USS Comfort, also docks in Baltimore and was most recently deployed in the latest Iraqi War.
World-famous Fort McHenry, a late 18th century star-shaped fort, is known as the birthplace of America’s national anthem, the “Star Spangled Banner.” Scan Pier 1 for one of the two remaining Liberty Ships: the John W. Brown. They were originally built at the Key Highway Shipyard that you saw on the way out and were used to take cargo and materials to Europe during World War II.
Canton is an example of the extraordinary renaissance that has taken place in Baltimore. Canton was the original home to many of Baltimore’s earliest industries, such as Stodder’s Shipyard, which built the U.S. Frigate Constellation, the American Smelting and Refining Company, the American Can Company, Tin-Decorating Company and other iron work companies, mills and warehouses. Canton reinvented itself after manufacturing declined with historic buildings being reconstructed to become renovated homes, condos, offices and a very hip series of restaurants, clubs, boutiques and one-of-a-kind galleries. Fells Point always was and still is a hub of activity for merchants and traders.
As we wind our way back into the Harbor, check out the Living Classrooms. This is the oldest standing brick building in Baltimore, made with round corners. The Dutch built this and used round corners because of an old superstitition that evil spirits couldn’t hide behind round corners. After that, you can see our world-renowned National Aquarium in Baltimore. This building holds one million gallons of water. The glass structure at the top is the tropical rainforest, which houses many tropical plants and animals. This building also houses the Marine Mammal Pavilion, which boasts trained whales and dolphin shows. The Light Ship Chesapeake is stationed at the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay where it meets the Atlantic Ocean. For over 40 years, it helped to guide ships and sailors into the Bay.