Carnival Cruise Ship Rerouting to Virginia Following Baltimore Bridge Collapse

Baltimore’s Francis Scott Key Bridge has collapsed, forcing Carnival Cruise Line to temporarily relocate the Carnival Legend’s homeport to Norfolk, Virginia. This comes after a container ship crashed into the bridge on Tuesday morning. The cruise line is currently providing guests on the ship with a bus back to Baltimore, as the Port of Baltimore is closed due to the incident.

Despite this setback, Carnival has announced that the ship’s next weeklong cruise will still depart from Norfolk and return home as planned, with future plans for returning to Maryland yet to be updated for guests. Other cruise lines like Royal Caribbean and American Cruise Line have not yet commented on potential itinerary changes resulting from the port’s closure.

However, business experts estimate that the ongoing shutdown of the port could mean a daily loss of $15 million in economic activity. Despite being a smaller cruise departure hub compared to others in the US, Baltimore plays a significant role in generating revenue for local businesses and tourism industries.

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