Sail Baltimore brings the ships to Baltimore!
Every year, Sail Baltimore welcomes an average of two dozen ships – tall ships, military vessels and other vessels of interest from around the country and the world – to Baltimore’s waterfront. Our visiting ships program provides a unique opportunity for an interactive, cultural and educational experience that enhances the quality of life for our entire community. No other program provides such a distinctive, ever-changing opportunity to learn about world cultures and maritime heritage without leaving Baltimore.
We spend significant effort and resources to recruit ships from around the world to visit Baltimore. Cities and countries worldwide realize the benefit of these ships’ visits and competition to “win” ships is fierce. Sail Baltimore’s decades-long track record in hosting ships has earned Baltimore an international reputation as a great place to visit. We strive to maintain this reputation through ongoing recruitment efforts and excellent service to our visiting ships.
We recruit year-round, communicating with international embassies in Washington, writing letters and making phone calls, and hosting visits to Baltimore by dignitaries, embassy officials and ship representatives. Each year, we host officials from the embassies in Washington to Sail Baltimore’s Attaché Day, bringing the military attachés – the decision makers, to our city to experience what it has to offer.
Sail Baltimore tends to every detail of a ship’s visit, from the invite to the ship’s departure. We coordinate planning meetings; liaise with the embassy; publicize the visit; plan welcoming ceremonies; schedule security briefings and official protocol visits; secure tickets or discounts for sporting events, tours and local attractions; and provide hospitality for the ship and its officers, cadets and crew.
Our visiting ships program significantly impacts the local economy by drawing ships’ crews, tourists and residents to downtown Baltimore. During a typical year, more than 100,000 visitors take part in Sail Baltimore’s offerings, contributing approximately $5 million to the city’s economy.