Gov. Martin O'Malley has interceded with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on behalf of Carnival Cruise Lines after the company threatened to pull its business from Baltimore over a pending air-quality regulation that would require large, ocean-going ships to burn cleaner fuel.
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.
The sold-out cruise, called the "cruise to nowhere," hosted many residents from the areas along the eastern seaboard that were spared from the worst of the hurricane-turned-superstorm's wrath, many of whom said the convenience of hopping on Interstate 95 was a draw to the deal.
Sixty years ago this week, the liner United States, designed by William Francis Gibbs, swept eastward across the Atlantic on its maiden voyage in 3 days, 10 hours and 40 minutes, a record that still stands for a transatlantic crossing.
By By Frederick N. Rasmussen and The Baltimore Sun