Port sets record for number of cruise passengers in single year

In 2010, 169,490 passengers embarked on cruises from the port

November 05, 2010|By Lorraine Mirabella, The Baltimore Sun

The port of Baltimore set a record this year for the number of cruise passengers through its terminal, officials said Friday.

In 2010, 169,490 passengers embarked on cruises from the port, topping the 167,235 port cruise passengers in 2009, which also had set a record.

The port expects to have a record 91 cruises this year, business that contributes $90 million in economic impact to the state. Last year, the port offered 81 cruises, which generated about $80 million to the economy.

The 2010 passenger numbers got a boost from a nine-day Caribbean cruise on Royal Caribbean's Enchantment of the Seas, which sailed from the port Thursday with 2,326 passengers.

The port expects to serve 220,000 passengers next year on 112 cruises leaving from Baltimore.

lorraine.mirabella@baltsun.com

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