Carnival Temporarily Moves Baltimore Cruises to Norfolk Following Bridge Collapse

Carnival Cruise Line will be temporarily moving its Baltimore cruises to Norfolk, Virginia following the bridge collapse.

Carnival Legend to Homeport in Galveston in 2025

Following the tragic collapse of the Francis Scott Key Bridge in Baltimore, Maryland, Carnival Cruise Line has announced that it will temporarily be moving its Baltimore cruises to Norfolk, Virginia.

The line’s ship Carnival Legend is scheduled to return from its current sailing on Easter Sunday, March 31st. It will return to port on Sunday as scheduled, but to Norfolk instead of Baltimore. Guests will be provided complimentary bus service back to Baltimore to be reunited with their cars and other transportation to get back home.

Carnival Legend to Homeport in Galveston in 2025
Carnival Legend

Carnival Legend’s next seven-day cruise, departing on Sunday, will leave from and return to Norfolk. Guests on both sailings are being informed of the change.

“Our thoughts remain with the impacted families and first responders in Baltimore,” said Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line. “We appreciate the pledge made by President Biden today to dedicate all available resources to reopen Baltimore Harbor to marine traffic as soon as possible. As those plans are finalized, we will update our future cruise guests on when we will return home to Baltimore, but in the meantime, we appreciate the quick response and support from officials in Norfolk.”

Royal Caribbean’s Baltimore Cruises

Another cruise line, Royal Caribbean, currently operates its ship Vision of the Seas from Baltimore as well. The line has not yet announced where the ship will be returning to from its current cruise or where it will sail from moving forward.

Another Royal Caribbean Ship Will Sail in June
Vision of the Seas

In a statement to The Washington Post, Royal Caribbean said that it is “closely monitoring the situation, and our port logistics team is currently working on alternatives for Vision of the Seas’ ongoing and upcoming sailings. We are deeply saddened by the tragedy and collapse of the Francis Scott Key Bridge and extend our heartfelt prayers to all those impacted.”


Do you think Carnival temporarily moving Baltimore cruises to Norfolk was the right choice? Where do you think Royal Caribbean will put Vision of the Seas? Drop us an anchor below and let us know your thoughts!

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Sarah has been writing about the cruise industry since 2015, and in that time has taken a dozen cruises and counting. Her favorite onboard activities include trying the casual dining options, spending time in the spa’s thermal suite, and attending the love & marriage show. You can keep up with her on Instagram at @IAmSarahJaneB.
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