Carnival Pride will be back in Baltimore after Tampa stint

By Tom Stieghorst
Carnival Cruise Lines said it plans to return to Baltimore in the spring of 2015, with year-round cruises on the Carnival Pride.

Carnival’s future in Baltimore became uncertain when the cruise line said late last year that Pride would go to Tampa in October 2014.

At the time, Carnival cited concerns about the expense associated with the North American Emissions Control Area for curtailing operations at several East Coast ports.

Carnival recently announced it would resume seasonal sailings from Norfolk, Va., where it is the only line that offers roundtrip cruises.

In Baltimore, Carnival competes with Royal Caribbean International, which currently homeports the Grandeur of the Seas there.

Carnival said the Pride will get a multimillion-dollar makeover in fall 2014 that will add a host of dining, bar and entertainment innovations that are part of the Funship 2.0 package.

Two seven-day itineraries will be available from Baltimore, a Florida-Bahamas route and an Eastern Caribbean one.

Carnival expects to carry 120,000 guests a year from Baltimore on the 2,124-passenger ship.
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