Bluewater’s Summer Cruise Enjoys a Weekend in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor

Jun 15, 2023 | Magazine, News | 0 comments

The bustling city of Baltimore may not immediately come to mind when thinking of cruising destinations on the Chesapeake Bay, but the waterfront metropolis proved to offer much more than anyone could have expected.

It turns out that Baltimore is called Charm City for a reason, with countless activities and restaurants, and top-notch amenities for boaters and travelers alike. After taking some time to explore the city, Bluewater management decided that Baltimore would be a unique destination for the annual customer rendezvous, the Bluewater Summer Cruise.

The 2022 Summer Cruise was hosted in the Fells Point District at Harbor East Marina, which not only provided beautiful views of the Baltimore skyline, but was an easy walking distance from some of the city’s premiere restaurants, shops, and attractions. After customers cruised up the scenic Patapsco River and settled into their slips, they were greeted with a kickoff party at the marina on Thursday evening, where they visited with like-minded friends and enjoyed a gorgeous July evening.

Friday marked the first full day of the long weekend trip, and was picked as the day to treat guests to the complete Baltimore experience. The morning began with a catered breakfast at the Harbor East tent, and then everyone received tickets to one of the top attractions in town—the National Aquarium. Following a short stroll towards the Inner Harbor, visitors were amazed by the size of the aquarium, which is currently one of the largest in the country, with thousands of aquatic animals and a multitude of exhibits.


A Night At The Park

The real highlight of Friday came in the evening, as the group traveled downtown to watch the Baltimore Orioles take on the Los Angeles Angels in the second game of a four-game series. On the suggestion of Bluewater’s Baltimore and Annapolis team members, the trip started off with a private pre-game party at the iconic Pickles Pub, located just outside the gates to Camden Yards. The baseball game started at 7pm and lasted well into the night, but those who stayed were treated to one of the most electric games of the entire season.

The Angels took a 4-2 lead into the bottom of the 9th inning following home runs from Mike Trout and Shohei Ohtani, but the Orioles rallied late with a game tying RBI by Cedric Mullins and a walk-off run from Trey Mancini to win the game. The players stormed the field, fireworks filled the sky, and the stadium shook with cheers from the crowd.
Saturday morning started off with some summer rain showers, but that didn’t stop participants from taking part in the annual Christening ceremonies. Although the storms did abbreviate the festivities, customers were willing to share their stories and christen their new boats. Shortly after breakfast and the christenings, the clouds broke, and everyone had free reign to explore Fells Point, the Inner Harbor, and the many shops, museums, and restaurants around town. Some guests took the time to visit the tall ships on display in the harbor, while others made their way to attractions such as the Museum of Modern Industry and the Visionary Arts Museum, while some simply took the time to rest and relax before the night’s final event.
Saturday night at the Summer Cruise is always the biggest event of the weekend, and this year was no exception. It wasn’t far at all to find one of the top event venues in Baltimore at the Four Seasons Hotel, located just steps away from Harbor East Marina. The evening started with a cocktail reception overlooking the Inner Harbor, and was followed by a delicious dinner, and live music from the Route 66 Band. Couples packed the dance floor, and the celebration lasted well into the night.
The 2022 Summer Cruise concluded on Sunday morning as everyone packed up to head home, but there was already plenty of talk on the docks about plans to join us again in 2023. Bluewater is excited that the 2023 Summer Cruise will take place in the perennial favorite destination of St. Michaels, MD. Whether you are a new customer or a Summer Cruise veteran, the Bluewater team welcomes you to a weekend to remember at our signature event, enjoying the most popular cruising locations on the bay.