Baltimore Welcomes Cruise Ships After Eight Week Break

Baltimore Harbor at night
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The Carnival Pride and the Vision of the Seas returned to Baltimore this past weekend, signaling the resumption of cruise operations at the port after a two-month break.

Cruise lines had been unable to use the homeport since late March due to the closure of the main navigation channel following the collapse of the Francis Scott Key Bridge.

Royal Caribbean International’s Vision of the Seas was the first ship to return, docking at the port on May 25, 2024, after completing a three-week drydock.

The 1996-built vessel embarked on a five-night cruise to Bermuda, with its itinerary including an overnight stay at King’s Wharf and two days cruising in the North Atlantic, before returning to Baltimore next Thursday.

Following the Vision of the Seas, Carnival Cruise Line’s Carnival Pride became the second ship to resume homeporting from Baltimore. The Spirit-class ship docked at the Cruise Maryland Terminal on May 26, 2024, concluding a seven-night cruise to the Bahamas that had departed from Norfolk.

The Carnival Pride then set off on a 14-night voyage to Greenland and Canada as part of the Carnival Journeys program. This itinerary includes visits to Qaqortoq, Nanortalik, St. Anthony, Corner Brook, and Sydney.

Both ships are now scheduled to continue their year-round programs from Baltimore. The Carnival Pride will offer seven-night cruises to the Bahamas and Bermuda, as well as a special 14-night cruise to the Southern Caribbean and two additional 14-night voyages to Greenland and Canada.

Meanwhile, the Vision of the Seas will provide various itineraries to Bermuda and the Bahamas throughout the summer. 

This includes five-night cruises to King’s Wharf and nine-night cruises to King’s Wharf, Nassau, and Perfect Day at CocoCay. Starting in late August, the Vision will also offer nine-night cruises to Canada/New England, along with longer cruises to the Caribbean beginning in November.