Caribbean cruise

<b>Why it's hot:</b> It's easy and simple - lodgings, food and entertainment are all in one place. And there's this added benefit: Your itinerary has already been planned. To top it all off, you don't even need to get on an airplane - two major cruise lines depart the <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PLTRA00068" title="Port of Baltimore" href="/topic/business/transportation-industry/waterway-maritime-transportation-industry/port-of-baltimore-PLTRA00068.topic">port of Baltimore</a> year-round. Both Royal Carribean and Carnival offer cruises that include port calls in warm places like the Bahamas, <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PLGEO100100402030000" title="Port Canaveral" href="/topic/business/transportation-industry/waterway-maritime-transportation-industry/port-canaveral-PLGEO100100402030000.topic">Port Canaveral</a>, Fla., St. Maarten, Haiti and Puerto Rico.<br>
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<b>Don't miss:</b> The private islands. Carnival has Half Moon Cay and <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="ORCRP017329" title="Royal Caribbean International" href="/topic/business/tourism-leisure-industry/waterway-maritime-transportation-industry/royal-caribbean-international-ORCRP017329.topic">Royal Caribbean</a> has CocoCay. Even with thousands of other passengers sharing the tiny spits of land, you can usually find a place that will make it feel like your own little world.<br>
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<b>Information:</b> Go to royalcaribbean.com or carnival.com. For a schedule of sailings, go to cruise.maryland.gov.

( Andy Newman Photo, Carnival Cruise Lines / October 21, 2009 )

Why it's hot: It's easy and simple - lodgings, food and entertainment are all in one place. And there's this added benefit: Your itinerary has already been planned. To top it all off, you don't even need to get on an airplane - two major cruise lines depart the port of Baltimore year-round. Both Royal Carribean and Carnival offer cruises that include port calls in warm places like the Bahamas, Port Canaveral, Fla., St. Maarten, Haiti and Puerto Rico.

Don't miss: The private islands. Carnival has Half Moon Cay and Royal Caribbean has CocoCay. Even with thousands of other passengers sharing the tiny spits of land, you can usually find a place that will make it feel like your own little world.

Information: Go to royalcaribbean.com or carnival.com. For a schedule of sailings, go to cruise.maryland.gov.

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