Carnival Cruise Line is officially sailing again from Baltimore. On Sunday afternoon, Carnival Pride set sail on a seven-night cruise to the Bahamas, where she will visit Freeport, Nassau, and the company’s private island Half Moon Cay.
Before the ship set sail, Carnival Cruise Line President Christine Duffy, two past guests, Captain Maurizo Ruggiero, and the port director cut a ribbon to welcome cruising again from Baltimore.
“We’re thrilled to be back in Baltimore, providing our guests with the relaxing vacation they’ve been so patiently waiting for but also supporting the local economy and offering our crew members an opportunity to support their families back home,” said Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line.
She went on to say, “Baltimore has been a wonderful partner for more than a decade and we are delighted to get Back to Fun in this key market which serves hundreds of thousands of guests in the Northeast and along the Atlantic Coast.”
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In November, Carnival Pride will reposition to Tampa, and Carnival Legend will take her place. In September, Carnival Legend underwent a dry dock in France to receive new livery, matching the look of Carnival’s new mega-ship Mardi Gras.
From Baltimore, Carnival offers sailings to Bermuda, the Bahamas, the Caribbean, and Canada/New England (in 2022).
Next year, to celebrate the line’s 50th anniversary, Carnival Legend will sail a “Carnival Sailabration” voyage, including meeting up with other cruise ships in the fleet.
Carnival resumed sailings in July out of Seattle, Port Canaveral, Galveston, and PortMiami. By the end of the year, nearly all of Carnival’s Fun Ships in North America are scheduled to be operating revenue sailings. The other ships are slated to return in early 2022.
The line mandates that everyone who is eligible must be fully vaccinated, provide a negative PCR or Antigen test at embarkation, and wear a face mask while indoors.
Carnival has been sailing from Baltimore since August 2009.