Carnival launched Baltimore’s first year-round cruise program in 2009 and over the since then the line has carried more than 1m passengers from there.
The festivities were highlighted by an exchange of maritime gifts with Carnival President Christine Duffy presenting Cruise Maryland’s General Manager Cynthia Burman with a ship’s bell while Burman gave Duffy a maritime international clock.
Wide range of itineraries
Carnival Pride offers a wide range of cruises from Baltimore including weeklong voyages to the Bahamas and Bermuda and 14-day 'Carnival Journeys' to the Caribbean with partial Panama Canal transits.
'Baltimore is an important part of our homeport deployment strategy and the port has been a great partner for the past 10 years,' Duffy said. 'Our cruises from Baltimore on board Carnival Pride continuously earn high marks from guests who appreciate the ease of sailing from this convenient and centrally located port.'
Carnival sails from 20 North American homeports, providing a cost-effective means for travelers to get to and from their cruise. The line estimates that roughly half of the US population lives within a day’s drive of a Fun Ship vacation.
'Many Maryland families and those in other states have sailed from the Port of Baltimore on Carnival Pride and have had the vacation of their lifetimes. We are very happy to have Carnival here in Maryland and look forward to many more years of seeing their beautiful ship at our port,' Maryland Port Administration Executive Director James J. White said.
Carnival and other cruise operators generate a reported $204m in direct expenditures and account for more than 3,100 jobs and $175m in wages for Maryland's economy.