Executives from Carnival and the Port of Baltimorexchanged gifts to commemorate the 10-year anniversary (Image: Carnival Cruise Line)
Carnival Cruise Line has marked its 10-year anniversary of offering year-round cruises from the Port of Baltimore in Maryland, US.
Since Carnival launched Baltimore’s first year-round cruise programme in 2009, it has brought more than one million guests to the city. The cruise brand marked the milestone with a ‘Decades of Fun’ celebration onboard Carnival Pride, which included a ceremony where the brand’s president Christine Duffy presented Cruise Maryland’s general manager Cynthia Burman with a ship’s bell. In return, Burman gave Duffy a maritime international clock.
“Baltimore is an important part of our homeport deployment strategy and the port has been a great partner for the past 10 years,” said Duffy. “Our cruises from Baltimore onboard Carnival Pride continuously earn high marks from guests who appreciate the ease of sailing from this convenient and centrally located port.”
Carnival Pride sails various itineraries from Baltimore, including week-long cruises to ports in Bermuda and The Bahamas, partial Panama Canal transits and 14-day ‘Carnival Journeys’ to destinations in the Caribbean.
“We are very proud to recognise 10 years of year-round cruising with Carnival Cruise Line,” said James White, executive director for Maryland Port Administration. “Many Maryland families and those in other states have sailed from the Port of Baltimore on Carnival Pride and have had the holiday of their lifetimes. We are very happy to have Carnival here in Maryland and look forward to many more years of seeing the beautiful ship at our port.”
Carnival and other cruise operators also generate around US$204 million in direct expenditures for Maryland’s economy, while the cruise industry supports more than 3,100 jobs.
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