Visiting Ships > Information for the Public
Planning to visit a ship?
If you are planning to board a visiting ship, here are some things you need to know before you go:
- Wear comfortable, flat, closed-toe shoes with soft soles. Walking up gangways (sometimes quite steep) and around a ship is not easy in high heels or open-back sandals. Heels may also damage the deck surface on some vessels. Some ships may not even allow you to board if you are wearing open-toe shoes or heels.
- If you are wearing a skirt or dress, be prepared for wind gusts.
- You may not be able to carry on large bags due to security restrictions.
- You will not be able to take strollers on board any ships.
- Please avoid taking food or beverages on board.
- Be aware that some of the crew on a visiting ship may not speak English.
- Unfortunately, most ships are not accessible to those with impaired mobility.
- Wear sunscreen. You may have to wait in line or end up spending more time on deck than you expected.
- Children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult.
- Have fun!
If you are visiting Baltimore, go to Visit Baltimore for information on hotels and accommodations, dining and nightlife, attractions, shopping and more.
See our Harbor Map for locations of visiting ships and events.
See our Schedule for a complete list of visiting ships and events.