Carnival Pride departed on a seven-day cruise to The Bahamas from the Port of Baltimore on Sunday (Sept. 12), becoming the first cruise ship to depart from that port since the industry-wide pause in operations.
This week, the ship will make stops in Nassau, Freeport and the private island of Half Moon Cay.
Prior to departure, a “Back to Fun” event was held in the terminal during, which Carnival President Christine Duffy, Carnival Pride Captain Maurizio Ruggiero and Port of Baltimore Executive Director William P. Doyle cut a ceremonial ribbon and officially welcomed the first guests on board.
“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 Duffy. “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.”
Carnival Cruise Line launched the first year-round cruise program from Baltimore in 2009 and since then has carried well over one million guests, making Carnival the number one cruise operator from the port.
In November, a newer ship, Carnival Legend, will replace Carnival Pride in Baltimore when Pride shifts to departures from Tampa.
Carnival offers the widest array of cruise options from Baltimore, including:
- Six- and seven-day sailings to Bermuda and The Bahamas
- Eight-day voyages to Canada/New England and the Caribbean
- 14-day Carnival Journeys sailings to the Panama Canal and the exotic southern Caribbean.
- A Carnival Sailabration voyage aboard Carnival Legend in March 2022 with special onboard activities and entertainment in conjunction with Carnival Cruise Line’s 50th Birthday festivities.
Carnival’s operational protocols exceed the recommendations of the U.S. Centres for Disease Control and Prevention. For more information on Carnival's health and safety protocols, click here.