Like to cruise but don't want to fly to the departure port? Here is a tentative schedule for the remainder of 2004 and 2005 for major cruise ships departing from Baltimore (about a 45-minute drive from D.C.), Philadelphia (two hours) and Norfolk (three hours). Some cruises may be sold out; the schedule is subject to change. Several small ship lines also depart from our region: American Cruise Lines (800-814- 6880, and American Canadian Caribbean Line (800-556-7450, sail from Baltimore and Clipper Cruise Line (800-325-0010, sails from Alexandria.


Port of Baltimore, 800-638-7519,

* The Carnival Miracle offers a seven-night cruise to the Bahamas weekly with departures through Nov. 2, 2004. Info: 888-CARNIVAL,

* Royal Caribbean's Grandeur of the Seas has a 10-night Caribbean cruise Oct. 15. In 2005, a five-night Bermuda cruise starts May 22, with 12 more departures June-November; it will alternate with a nine-night Caribbean cruise starting May 13, with 13 more departures through November 2005. On Nov. 20, 2005, the ship departs on a 13-night repositioning cruise to New Orleans. Info: 866-562-7625,

* Norwegian Cruise Line's Norwegian Crown will offer a seven-night Bermuda cruise weekly Oct. 17-Nov. 14, 2004. Info: 800-327- 7030,


Cruise Norfolk, 757-664-6620,

* Holland America's Maasdam will sail on alternate 10- and 11-night southern and eastern Caribbean itineraries starting Oct. 30, 2004 to May 1, 2005 and Sept. 14 to Dec. 27, 2005. Info: 877-SAIL-HAL,

* The Carnival Victory offers a six-night Bahamas cruise departing Oct. 10 and a two-night Cruise to Nowhere departing Oct. 16. The Carnival Triumph will sail a six-night Bahamas cruise departing June 5 and Oct. 9, 2005, and a two-night Cruise to Nowhere leaving June 11 and Oct. 15, 2005. Info: 888-CARNIVAL,

* Celebrity's Horizon has a seven-night Bermuda cruise departing Oct. 17 and 23 in 2004, and weekly trips April 30 to June 25, 2005. Info: 800-722-5941,

* Radisson Seven Seas Navigator has a seven-night cruise to NYC and Bermuda weekly May 17 to June 7 and Aug. 16 to Sept. 6. Info: 877-505-5370,


Philadelphia Cruise Terminal at Pier 1, 215-462-6790,

* In 2005, the Norwegian Crown will offer a weekly seven-night cruise to Bermuda April 24-May 15 and Sept. 25-Oct. 23. Info: 800- 327-7030,

* Celebrity's Horizon has a weekly seven- night Bermuda cruise July 2-Oct. 22, 2005. Info: 800-722-5941,

* Royal Caribbean's Enchantment of the Seas will sail five-night and seven-night New England and Canada cruises with six departures July 19-Aug. 21, 2005. Info: 866-562-7625,

-- Carol Sottili