The Pearl Mist, a 335-foot cruise ship that was readied at a Salisbury shipyard for the last year after a protracted legal dispute between its owner and builder, will embark from Baltimore on its maiden voyage on Wednesday.
Carnival Cruise Lines announced on Thursday that it will be returning its Pride cruise liner to the port of Baltimore in March, after new technologies helped it meet federal environmental regulations that threatened to drive up costs.
Despite assurances from labor and management officials at the port of Baltimore that their ongoing contract dispute will not result in a strike or lockout, business at the city's public terminals is slowing.
Members of a local longshoremen union "resoundingly rejected" what has been described as a "best and final" contract offer from employers at the port of Baltimore on Monday night, according to the union president.
Cruise lines operating out of the port of Baltimore have not been affected by the longshoremen strike that has shuttered operations at the port's public marine terminals, according to port and cruise line officials.
Federal regulators have reached a tentative deal with Carnival Corp. on a plan to reduce air pollution from nearly a third of its cruise ships, but the accord comes too late to reverse at least a temporary loss of lucrative cruise business for Baltimore.
Twelve men and women at Baltimore's Coast Guard station make up the Aids to Navigation Team, responsible for maintaining buoys, markers and lighthouses: changing light bulbs, scraping and painting metal and banging out dents caused by sloppy seamanship.
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.
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 already are working on replacing the Carnival Pride.
By By Timothy B. Wheeler and Candy Thomson and The Baltimore Sun
Baltimore appears destined to lose lucrative cruise business next year, as Florida-based Carnival Cruise Lines announced Thursday that it plans to move its 2,124-passenger ship, the Pride, to Tampa, Fla., in November 2014.
Seven years after opening the South Locust Point cruise ship berth and terminal, Maryland port officials say it is at capacity. Without expansion, the record-breaking annual statistics will level off to a profitable plateau of about 100 cruises and 241,000 passengers a year.
Some Dundalk area residents are concerned about the Maryland Port Administration's designs on Sparrows Point, fearing the state's long-range plan to convert a corner of the old steel-making complex into a supercargo shipping terminal could literally dredge up the point's toxic legacy in the Patapsco River. An "emergency" community meeting has been called for Thursday, Dec. 6 in Edgemere.
The ringleader of a heroin ring that imported drugs into Baltimore aboard the Royal Caribbean cruise ship Enchantment of the Seas has been sentenced to 20 years in prison, according to federal prosecutors.
Tucked behind a ruined grain elevator at a pier along an industrial stretch of Baltimore's waterfront lies a still-gleaming white vessel that was once one of the nation's proudest maritime achievements — the only nuclear cargo and passenger ship ever built in the United States.