Carnival Cruise Line (CCL) restarted its itinerary from the Port of Baltimore yesterday and set sail on a seven-day cruise to The Bahamas, the company said in a press statement, explaining that it is the first cruise company to set sail from Baltimore’s port since the COVID-19 pandemic restricted cruise travel more than a year and a half ago.
CCL’s ship, the Carnival Pride, will be visiting Nassau, Freeport and the cruise line’s private island Half Moon Cay.
CCL President Christine Duffy said at a ceremony before the ship’s departure that the company is excited to restart sailing from a port that services so much of the northeast United States.
“Baltimore has been a wonderful partner for more than a decade and we are delighted to get Back to Fun in this key market … ,” Duffy said.
The statement explained that by November, the Carnival Legend, a newer ship, will replace the Pride in Baltimore.
Carnival said earlier this month that it hopes to have much more of its fleet on the water by November.
Cruise Line reactivations are picking up pace as more people get vaccinated and countries tie down their COVID-19 entry protocols.
Disney Cruise Line recently resumed sailing to its private island in The Bahamas and plans to soon increase the number of sailing days after announcing that it would keep itineraries short at first.
Grand Bahama has temporarily lost one of its cruise lines after Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line announced last week that it entered into a charter agreement with Louisiana power company, Entergy Corporation, to house more than 1,500 workers who are restoring power to that area after it was hit by Hurricane Ida.
“Hurricane relief efforts and on-the-ground support are not new to Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line,” Bahamas Paradise said in a statement.
“The company deployed Grand Celebration to St. Thomas in 2017, following Hurricane Irma, in a charter by FEMA, housing the National Guard and first responders. In 2019, following Hurricane Dorian, the line conducted numerous humanitarian sailings to Grand Bahama Island, transporting first responders and critical resources, including food and medical supplies.”
The cruise line said it is rebooking guests who have been affected by the humanitarian deployment.
The company is working with only one ship, after it sold one of its two vessels to be scrapped at the height of the pandemic and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) ban on cruise travel.