Carnival Cruise Line Temporarily Relocates from Baltimore to Norfolk following Container Ship Crash and Bridge Collapse

Carnival Cruise Ship Redirected to Virginia Following Baltimore Bridge Collapse

In the aftermath of the collapse of Baltimore’s Francis Scott Key Bridge, Carnival Cruise Line has decided to temporarily relocate the Carnival Legend’s homeport from Baltimore to Norfolk, Virginia. This move was made following the container ship crash that caused the bridge to fall. As a result of the bridge closure, Carnival has arranged for guests returning on Sunday to be provided with a bus back to Baltimore.

The Port of Baltimore will remain closed for the time being, prompting Carnival to temporarily base the ship in Norfolk. Passengers on the Legend’s Caribbean voyage will be given a complimentary bus ride back to Baltimore. The next weeklong cruise on the Carnival Legend will depart and return to Norfolk, Virginia. Carnival has assured passengers that they will receive updates on future plans to return to Maryland. Other cruise lines such as Royal Caribbean and American Cruise Line, which also sail from the Port of Baltimore, have not released information regarding potential itinerary changes.

The closure of the Port of Baltimore could result in a daily loss of $15 million in economic activity, according to experts. While the port is important for certain imports and exports, it represents a relatively small portion of cruise departures in the United States. In 2023, over 444,000 passengers embarked on cruises from Baltimore.

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