Temporary Port Change for Carnival Cruise Line: Relocating to Norfolk after the Collapse of Baltimore’s Francis Scott Key Bridge.

Carnival Cruise Ship Redirected to Virginia Following Baltimore Bridge Collapse

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

Passengers on the Carnival Legend’s Caribbean voyage will complete their weeklong vacation on Sunday and disembark in Norfolk, Virginia instead of Baltimore. The Port of Baltimore will remain closed for the time being, prompting Carnival to temporarily base the ship in Norfolk. Passengers 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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