Carnival Cruise Line has renewed their contract with Baltimore, Maryland, at least through December 2018, following a new two-year contract. The contract also includes three, one-year extension options.
The current contract, signed in 2011, was a five-year deal that was set this expire this year.
“We are thrilled to be continuing our relationship with the Port of Baltimore which has been such a fantastic partner over the past several years we’ve been cruising from Baltimore,” said Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line.
Carnival Pride has been based in Baltimore in some capacity since 2009. Carnival Pride underwent Fun Ship 2.0 in October 2014. Upgrades included Guy’s Burger Joint; BlueIguana Cantina and BlueIguana Tequila Bar; Bonsai Sushi; EA Sports Bar; Hasbro The Game Show, and WaterWorks water park. Carnival Pride is also the only Spirit-class ship to have the seaside theater.
According to the Baltimore Business Journal, “In 2015, nearly 200,000 passengers sailed on 90 cruises at the Port of Baltimore. As the sixth most active port on the East Coast, and 20th in the world, Port of Baltimore sees nearly 220 direct jobs generated because of cruise activity.”