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By Michelle Deal-Zimmerman and The Baltimore Sun | August 25, 2011
The Carnival Pride cruise ship will arrive back at the Port of Baltimore on Saturday, a day earlier than scheduled, in an effort to avoid Hurricane Irene. Passengers will begin debarkation from the ship at 7 a.m. Afterwards, the cruise ship will be positioned at an alternate location on the bay as directed by the U.S. Coast Guard, where it will ride out the storm, said Jennifer de la Cruz, a spokesperson for Carnival Cruise Lines. Carnival sails year-round from the Port of Baltimore and another cruise was set to depart on Sunday.
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By Steven Ford, Tribune Newspapers | March 6, 2014
While Disney Cruise Line sailed to 13 first-place finishes in the 2014 Cruise Critic Cruisers' Choice Awards, Baltimore-based ships also cruised to Top 10 finishes in a number of categories. Royal Caribbean's Grandeur of the Seas ranked No. 8 overall best ship in the "midsize" category. The recently renovated ship, which returned to the port of Baltimore last May after undergoing $48 million in upgrades, also scored among the 10 best midsize ships for dining, embarkation, entertainment, fitness, public rooms, service and shore excursions.
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By Steven Ford, Tribune Newspapers | March 6, 2014
While Disney Cruise Line sailed to 13 first-place finishes in the 2014 Cruise Critic Cruisers' Choice Awards, Baltimore-based ships also cruised to Top 10 finishes in a number of categories. Royal Caribbean's Grandeur of the Seas ranked No. 8 overall best ship in the "midsize" category. The recently renovated ship, which returned to the port of Baltimore last May after undergoing $48 million in upgrades, also scored among the 10 best midsize ships for dining, embarkation, entertainment, fitness, public rooms, service and shore excursions.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | February 7, 2014
When Carnival Cruise Lines decided to leave Baltimore last summer, saying the port had become too expensive because of environmental regulations, it was with substantial regret. The world's largest cruise line regularly filled its Carnival Pride cruise ship at the port of Baltimore with affluent first-time cruisers who found the Mid-Atlantic jumping-off point convenient. Meanwhile, Maryland saw about $50 million a year in economic value from the ship. After hearing the Pride would be heading to Florida to cut costs, state officials immediately began trying to salvage the relationship.
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By Michelle Deal-Zimmerman and Michelle Deal-Zimmerman,michelle.deal@baltsun.com | June 21, 2009
When I heard Carnival Cruise Lines would begin sailing year-round from Baltimore, I was not excited. I was glad that it meant more jobs and a boost to Maryland's economy, but a Carnival cruise wasn't going to be part of my vacation plans. You see, Carnival and I parted company years ago after I took a disappointing cruise from Miami. The food was unappetizing, the passengers unruly and the ship unremarkable. It seemed most of the guests brought booze while I brought my mother. Mom and I haven't cruised together since.
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January 31, 2014
It seems strange to celebrate the return of a ship that hasn't left yet, but that's what the recent announcement that the Carnival Pride will be sailing out of Baltimore beginning in March of 2015 amounts to. Last summer, Carnival Cruise Lines announced the ship would begin sailing out of Tampa, Florida beginning this November, and now, like a reliable snow bird, it's planning a return to Northern climes after just a few months in the Sunshine state....
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By Michelle Deal-Zimmerman, The Baltimore Sun | October 31, 2012
After Hurricane Sandy forced the cancellation of its planned seven-day Caribbean cruise, the Baltimore-based Carnival Pride has a new offer for travelers. The ship will sail a two-day cruise on the Chesapeake, departing from the Port of Baltimore on Friday, Nov. 2, and returning Sunday, Nov. 4. Fares for the "cruise to nowhere" started at $99 per person for an inside cabin but those rooms have sold out. Balcony rooms start at $179 per person. (Contact your travel agent.) With the storm approaching, Carnival Cruise Lines canceled the ship's planned Sunday departure for a seven-day cruise to the Caribbean, a rare move for any cruise company.
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By MICHELLE DEAL-ZIMMERMAN | May 3, 2009
Two captains. Two ships. One city: Baltimore. One word: Pride. That was the scene last week as the Carnival Pride, a Carnival Cruise Lines' ship, sailed into the Port of Baltimore to begin year-round sailings to the Bahamas, Florida and the Caribbean. On board was a host of travel agents, hotel owners, tourism groups, city officials, media and politicians, including Gov. Martin O'Malley, U.S. Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, U.S. Sen. Benjamin L. Cardin, Baltimore County Executive Jim Smith, Maryland Secretary of Transportation John D. Porcari - recently tapped for a spot in the Obama administration - and Jan Miles, captain of the Pride of Baltimore II. It was a charming welcome committee that greeted Carnival executives who pledged to do more than simply sail in and out of Baltimore.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | February 7, 2014
When Carnival Cruise Lines decided to leave Baltimore last summer, saying the port had become too expensive because of environmental regulations, it was with substantial regret. The world's largest cruise line regularly filled its Carnival Pride cruise ship at the port of Baltimore with affluent first-time cruisers who found the Mid-Atlantic jumping-off point convenient. Meanwhile, Maryland saw about $50 million a year in economic value from the ship. After hearing the Pride would be heading to Florida to cut costs, state officials immediately began trying to salvage the relationship.
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By Michelle Deal-Zimmerman, The Baltimore Sun and Baltimore Sun reporter | January 12, 2011
The Port of Baltimore announced Wednesday that it set a new record for cruise passengers in 2010, its second year of offering year-round cruises. Last year, 210,549 people sailed on 91 cruises from the Cruise Maryland Terminal during the calendar year. That number surpasses the record set in 2009 of 167,235 passengers on 81 cruises. The new record represents about a 25 percent increase in passengers. (Keeping in mind there were an additional 10 cruises.) Still, it's good news for Maryland.
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January 31, 2014
It seems strange to celebrate the return of a ship that hasn't left yet, but that's what the recent announcement that the Carnival Pride will be sailing out of Baltimore beginning in March of 2015 amounts to. Last summer, Carnival Cruise Lines announced the ship would begin sailing out of Tampa, Florida beginning this November, and now, like a reliable snow bird, it's planning a return to Northern climes after just a few months in the Sunshine state....
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | January 30, 2014
Pride will only leave the port of Baltimore for a few months. Carnival Cruise Lines announced Thursday that its Carnival Pride cruise liner will return to the port of Baltimore in March 2015, after only a brief stint in Florida, thanks to new technologies that will help the ship meet federal emissions standards. Its return limits the economic impact of a decision in June, when the Miami-based company said it would move the Pride to Tampa starting in November 2014 due to increased costs of operating in coastal waters under the new regulations.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | October 17, 2013
Striking longshoremen at the port of Baltimore worked at least one cruise ship Thursday as their stoppage closed the port's cargo terminals for a second day. Royal Caribbean International's Grandeur of the Seas arrived for its regular sailing, disgorging passengers and picking up more for an eight-night cruise to New England and Canada. Despite the strike by International Longshoremen's Association Local 333, union dockworkers handled luggage and performed other tasks Thursday for the big cruise ship, tied up at the Cruise Maryland terminal in Locust Point.
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By Candy Thomson, The Baltimore Sun | July 12, 2013
The port of Baltimore's cruise business was made whole Friday morning, when Grandeur of the Seas began loading passengers for its first ocean voyage since a fire put the vessel in dry dock more than six weeks ago. Despite gray skies and precipitation that toggled between mist and monsoon, smiling adults and children juggled a week's worth of vacation belongings through the Cruise Maryland Terminal and onto the 917-foot ship owned by Royal Caribbean...
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By Timothy B. Wheeler and Candy Thomson, The Baltimore Sun | June 28, 2013
Still smarting from news that half of Baltimore's lucrative cruise business is headed south next year, the state's ports chief said Friday that officials are already working on replacing the Carnival Pride. Carnival Cruise Lines announced Thursday that the Pride's weekly cruises from Baltimore to the Bahamas and Caribbean will end in November 2014, when the 2,124-passenger ship will transfer to Tampa, Fla. Officials of the Miami-based company said pending federal requirements to reduce air pollution on all ships in coastal waters prompted their decision.
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By Timothy B. Wheeler, The Baltimore Sun | June 27, 2013
Carnival Cruise Lines announced plans Thursday to leave the port of Baltimore, a move that could cost the region scores of jobs and millions in economic activity generated by big-spending passengers and businesses servicing the ships. The Miami-based company said that without federal approval of its plan for curbing air pollution, it would cut back on the number of cruises and move the Pride to a dock in Tampa, Fla., in November 2014. The Pride, a 2,124-passenger ship, sails weekly from Baltimore to the Bahamas and Caribbean.
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Lorraine Mirabella | October 31, 2012
Hurricane Sandy forced Carnival Cruise Lines to cancel just two of its many ocean voyages this week, including a seven-day trip to the Bahamas on the Carnival Pride that was to depart this past Sunday from the port of Baltimore. The cruise line is giving refunds to all passengers, but has decided not to let the 2,124-passenger ship merely sit empty in the Chesapeake Bay. Carnival is now offering a two-day cruise out to sea and back from Friday afternoon to Sunday morning. Rates start at $129 per person for interior rooms, based on double occupancy.
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By Michelle Deal-Zimmerman and The Baltimore Sun | August 9, 2011
Carnival Cruise Lines will continue to offer year-round cruises from the Port of Baltimore through August 2013. The Miami-based cruise line is signing onto an extension of its contract, guaranteeing at least two more years and adding three one-year options. The deal makes it possible for Carnival to continue operating from the port for up to five years. The agreement takes effect on Aug. 31, when the current contract is set to expire. The cruise line began year-round cruises from Baltimore in 2009.
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By Timothy B. Wheeler, The Baltimore Sun | June 16, 2013
Gov. Martin O'Malley has interceded with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on behalf of Carnival Cruise Lines after the company threatened to pull its business from Baltimore over a pending air-quality regulation that would require large, ocean-going ships to burn cleaner fuel. O'Malley spoke twice with Bob Perciasepe, acting EPA administrator, since late May to support Carnival's request for what the governor's press secretary called a waiver from the agency's cleaner-fuel mandate.
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