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Carnival Cruise Lines commits to Baltimore into 2013…

Posted on 10 August 2011

 

The Carnival Pride sails year-round, seven-day Bahamas/Florida cruises from Baltimore.
 

Carnival Cruise Lines plans to continue year-round cruises from Baltimore at least into 2013.

 

The cruise line has a new agreement with the Port of Baltimore that financially guarantees Carnival cruises from the city through the end of August 2013, with three one-year options after that.

 

Carnival launched year-round Bahamas cruises from Baltimore in 2009 as part of its expansion of drive-markets – the idea being passengers can drive to a ship without having to fly to Florida. The week-long sailings on the 2,124-passenger Carnival Pride visit Nassau and Freeport.

 

Royal Caribbean also later began cruising from Baltimore on a year-round basis, with the 2,446-passenger Enchantment of the Seas home-ported in the city.

 

Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley applauded Carnival’s decision to stay put.

 

“The decision by Carnival to make a commitment like this and to continue offering year-round cruises from Maryland further illustrates the growth of the Baltimore/Washington region as a strong cruise market,” O’Malley said. “In just three years, we have gone from 27 seasonal cruises to 112 year-round cruises.”

 

Carnival President and CEO Gerry Cahill said the line’s cruises attract 115,000 passengers annually.

 

Baltimore ranks sixth on the East Coast in terms of cruise passengers, with a record 210,000 people cruising from the city in 2010, according to port officials

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