Carnival Cruise Line Relocates Ship after Francis Scott Key Bridge Collapse in Baltimore

Carnival Cruise Ship Redirected to Virginia Following Baltimore Bridge Collapse

The Francis Scott Key Bridge in Baltimore has collapsed, prompting Carnival Cruise Line to temporarily relocate its Carnival Legend from Baltimore to Norfolk, Virginia. 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 trip on Sunday and disembark in Norfolk instead of Baltimore. The Port of Baltimore remains closed and Carnival has temporarily based the ship in Norfolk. Passengers will receive a complimentary bus ride back to Baltimore for their next weeklong cruise, which departs and returns 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 have not released information regarding potential itinerary changes due to the closure of the Port of Baltimore. Experts estimate that the daily loss of economic activity resulting from the port’s closure could reach $15 million. Although the port is important for certain imports and exports, it represents only a small portion of cruise departures in the United States. In 2023, over 444,000 passengers embarked on cruises from Baltimore.

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