A Royal Caribbean Cruises ship that departed from Baltimore on a nine-night trip earlier this year has had 46 reported cases of gastrointestinal illness on board, according to company spokesman Owen Torres.
Royal Caribbean's cruise to Labadee in Haiti has not only developed the area but a generated jobs for many and even boosted the economy. Furthermore, the work ethic, discipline and understanding of American culture these local employees have acquired are invaluable and may be of use in furthering U.S.-Haiti relations as well as the future development of the country.
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.
A Coast Guard admiral told a Senate panel holding a hearing on cruise ship oversight that while the investigation continues into the May fire aboard Baltimore-based Grandeur of the Seas, inspectors have ordered safety improvements for "immediate action."
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.
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.