Cruise Ship Bound for Port of Baltimore Changes Course to Norfolk

Royal Caribbean has altered its course owing to the closure of the Port of Baltimore. The Cruise Maryland Terminal at the port is currently unapproachable since it’s obstructed by the debris of the collapsed Francis Scott Key Bridge. The bridge had fallen into the Patapsco River due to a colossal container ship crashing into it during the early hours of Tuesday.

A representative from Royal Caribbean conveyed on Thursday that a ship which had left Baltimore on March 23, initially planned to return on April 4, would now finish its trip in Norfolk, Virginia. Moreover, a similar route modification was announced by Carnival Cruise on Tuesday. To accommodate passengers, both companies have arranged free bus transportation back to Baltimore.

The Cruise Lines International Association states that Baltimore ranks as the 29th busiest port in the nation for cruise ships. It handles around 378,000 passengers each year. The association has noted that twelve ships are scheduled to make 115 stops at this port during 2024.

There are four cruise lines based at Baltimore’s cruise terminal: Carnival, Royal Caribbean, Norwegian, and American Cruises.


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