On May 28, my husband and I embarked on a much-deserved journey to the Caribbean. Just 10 months earlier, he was diagnosed with Stage 3 Colon Cancer. He had his last treatment on March 14. It was a very long and painful road for him. On April 12, he was declared cancer-free. We decided we needed a vacation to celebrate. We thought a cruise would be perfect, although he did have his heart set on Disney World. A cruise however would be more relaxing. Something he desperately needed. As much fun as Disney would have been, we thought a cruise would be best this time. We’ll get to Disney another time!
We decided to cruise from Baltimore. Aside from NYC, it was the closest city to our home where Carnival had a departure port. It was less expensive than NYC and so much easier to get to. It was about a 5 hour drive for us. We did some research on Baltimore and decided that going to the Inner Harbor the day before would be a fun pre-vacation warm-up.
We stayed at the Hilton Garden Inn on President Street in the Inner Harbor. This was the view from our room. The hotel was in a great location, we were able to walk everywhere. For dinner, we went to the Hard Rock Café, then we walked up to Presidential Hill over looking the Inner Harbor.
The Inner Harbor area was fairly crowded as it was a Saturday evening. There were museums, an aquarium, lots of restaurants and tons of retail stores. There was even a place to rent a Chinese Dragon Paddle Boat so you could paddle around an area in the harbor. There were few large vessels that were filling up with dinner cruise guests. It was quite a hopping area with great energy. It was a perfect way to start to our vacation.
My next post will be embarkation day. Stay tuned!