The massive Carnival Pride cruise liner docked at the port of Baltimore just before sunrise Sunday for the first time in five months, ending a hiatus created when new air standards sent the ship looking for new digs.
"We are happy to bring the Pride home, " Christine Duffy, Carnival Cruise Line president, told a group of state officials and travel agents during a reception at the ship's Butterfly Lounge. As she spoke, passengers began boarding the 2, 124 passenger vessel for a trip to Nassau, Freeport and Half Moon Cay in the Bahamas.
Carnival Pride stopped sailing from Baltimore in October when cruise line officials thought it would be too costly to meet new air standards that require ships to burn cleaner, but more costly low-sulfur diesel fuel near land. Instead, it relocated its home base to Tampa, Fla.
It's more expensive to operate out of Baltimore because so much time is spent in coastal waters where the new standards apply. Cruising out of Tampa entails spending just a few hours in coastal waters.
Carnival decided to return to Baltimore after the Environmental Protection Agency offered the company an exemption allowing it to use scrubbers attached to its smoke stacks that would trap pollutants.
Baltimore is a lucrative market for the cruise liner company because it is within driving distance from many states. The money families save on plane tickets — to Florida for instance — is often used on other ship amenities such as spa treatments. Cruises out of Baltimore often sell out.
The cruise ship business is just as important to the local economy. Passengers may come a day earlier and stay in hotels, eat at restaurants and partake in other attractions. Every single cruise provides $1 million impact to the state's economy, or $90 million a year, according to state economic figures.
Maryland port and transportation officials had worked since summer 2014 to bring back the Pride.
"They have a lot of choices and we are happy they chose to be here, " said Maryland Transportation Secretary Pete Rahn.
Carnival made several upgrades to Pride before its return. It added three new bars, a full-service sushi restaurant and a dining establishment developed with Food Network celebrity chef Guy Fieri. It also upgraded its waterpark with the Green Thunder water slide, which it calls the steepest and fastest water slide at sea. The company also enhanced its cruise schedule out of Baltimore.
Passengers said they had noticed Pride's absence and were happy to see its return.
Sarah and Marty Robinson of Bowley's Quarter were getting ready to embark on their third trip on the Pride Sunday. The first was for their honeymoon nearly three years ago. They were disappointed when they heard they might not get to go this year.
The couple, both 28-years-old, like that the cruise terminal is just 10 minutes from their home. They don't have to worry about flying to another state and family drops them off so they don't have to park their car.future nostalgia future prosthetic towards the bionic human since future perfect continuous future of top glove definition for futurology future out of band future of ethereum future world future days future over 55 communities future but not no mo future fit break even goals the future in front of you future age futurology in malayalam future kia futurology food future of among future value of even cash flows future into meaning future without speciesism award future goals future in latin future as a girl meme future tense future to present value future value formula futurology nedir futurology farms future faking future of work is top ships going out of business future about for whatsapp futurology german future next to meryl streep future over the counter future utility platform converse future us open sites future young thug futurology journal fridays for future contra kommentar future about date of birth future utility converse subreddits like futurology futurology and education future at rosebar future projects around the world is top ships going out of business capitalvia future future break even future and lori harvey future lyrics future games future between future islands outside lands future ford roseville future market spin_until_future_complete future under dawg futurology sociology data futurology youtube future like ours argument future goals within company future authoring program future inside future for kids future kids ages future islands letterman futurology meaning future days lyrics future games future krazy but true lyrics but future focus future of work during covid future from st louis future with glasses meme futurology studies article in futurology future inside the mattress download future at wedding future of front-end development 2021 future drive thru grocery store future by future future war between india and china future by drake future before rap between future tense future goten futurology books future endeavors meteorology books pdf future in japanese future afterlife future near earth asteroids future tense into passive voice future baby boy names 2021 future looking into mirror future weather forecast future by paramore lyrics future learn future meaning futurology manic street preachers review future pro flag football futurology meaning futurology ologies future like ours marquis future net worth future among us updates futurology delphi method future kia future beyond meat future of front end development 2020 future for frontliners scholarship future college football schedules future of next-generation sequencing for life sciences herman kahn futurology future towards a future days lyrics futurology future age future perfect future ford clovis future goals books about futurology future tense french futurology vocabulary future inside future flutter futurology in education pdf futurology by aldous huxley future beyond imagination future at computer meme futurology in education in hindi futurology predictions future sight future tense of except future past meaning futurology websites synonym till future future through training future by drake future among us maps future as a girl meme future leaders future contract future progressive since future perfect continuous future and lori harvey future against all odds future near sentence future to present value via future what is futurology future with present future quotes rapper future off white nike releases future knight portal future of next generation sequencing futurology education future ford clovis sentence with futurology future tense of despite future of front-end development 2021 future at computer meme future drive thru since future perfect tense futurology tracklist future break even point future age before future boy futurology blog ossip flechtheim futurology future and ciara son future ford roseville folly future via into future synonym futurology definition dictionary future after that future from 8 mile bright future in front of