Carnival Cruise Lines has announced that the line will resume year round sailings from Baltimore beginning in March 2015.
The line has decided to base the Carnival Pride in Baltimore through 2015 after a short season sailing from Tampa this winter. Upon the Pride’s return to the port, Carnival will begin offering various seven night sailings to the eastern Caribbean and the Bahamas. Ports of call will include Grand Turk, Half Moon Cay, Freeport, Nassau, and Port Canaveral.
Prior to the Carnival Pride’s return, the ship will undergo a major renovation, adding a number of popular Fun Ship 2.0 features, including Guy’s Burger Joint, Blue Iguana Cantina, Alchemy Bar, and Green Thunder, a thrilling water slide located in Carnival Waterworks. The Carnival Pride will also be fitted with new emission reducing technology, which will enable the Carnival Pride to exceed the stricter air emission standards established for operation within the North American Emission Control Area.
“Baltimore is a convenient mid-Atlantic embarkation point for ‘Fun Ship’ cruising and we’re pleased to resume these attractive year-round departures which offer our guests an opportunity to visit a variety of beautiful, tropical destinations,” said Gerry Cahill, Carnival’s president and CEO. “We would like to extend our thanks to officials from the port and the state of Maryland for their outstanding support in our efforts to resume year-round cruising from Baltimore,” he added.
Prior to Carnival Pride’s deployment, Carnival will offer a special 14 night repositioning sailing from Tampa to Baltimore. The sailing will call in various ports throughout the Caribbean and Central America, including Grand Cayman, Limon, Colon, Aruba, Curacao, and the Netherlands.