I had a great opportunity to see Baltimore City and the surrounding area unlike many people. My Friday journey aboard the Annapolitan II for the B’more TGIF Cruise departed from the Inner Harbor as the sun was starting to set for a ninety minute sightseeing journey. Aboard the ship were approximately thirty people including bachelorette party. The TGIF cruise was an amazing experience with gorgeous views from out on the water–an angle most never see. On board was food and snacks as well as a stocked bar that included a happy hour.
Once the captain and crew showed us how to properly put on life vests in the event of an emergency, we were off to our first destination which was the shipping terminals. As we passed some incredible houses on the water we came up on the shipping boats filled with shipping containers that were on either side of us, as well as some container crane vessels.
As we motored past the shipping yard we came up on our next destination: Fort McHenry. The sun was a big bright orange ball sitting right above the fort as the captain stopped the boat to allow for a photo opportunity. This fort is best known for its role in the War of 1812 in helping defend Baltimore against the British Navy.
As we continued our journey to our next destination, the sky lit up with colors from the sunset. The blue sky mixed with the reds, oranges, and yellows of this spectacular sunset made for some great photos and sights as we came up to the Key Bridge where, once again, the captain stopped the boat to allow everyone a photo opportunity and to see the amazing sunset behind us.
We then continued past the Key Bridge and got a little closer to the second to last stop, Fort Carroll. Fort Carroll is an abandoned hexagonal sea fort that was used to help defend Baltimore’s port; and as we stopped again we saw the small sea fort sitting in the middle of the Patapsco River with a full moon rising above it.
The captain turned the boat around and we headed back under the Key Bridge where the sun was fully starting to set, as we headed back to the Inner Harbor. The city skyline lit up with energy. A beautiful sunset skyline now turned into a bright and energetic nightlife scene. Passing by all the buildings, skyscrapers, and the aquarium at night while on the water was spectacular and an experience everyone should have.
I encourage all of you to look at Cruises on the Bay at all they have to offer both in Annapolis as well as Baltimore. The staff is extremely friendly and knowledgeable about the sights and provide a fun environment for everyone. This was a really fun way to spend my Friday evening by seeing a favorite city in a completely different way. They sail every Friday this season through October 9th!