Cruise lines reroute voyages from Baltimore after bridge collapse: What you need to know

by Alice

Cruise lines operating out of Baltimore are swiftly adjusting their itineraries in the aftermath of Tuesday’s tragic bridge collapse.

Following the devastating incident where a container ship collided with the Francis Scott Key Bridge, resulting in its collapse and the presumed loss of six workers, all ship operations at the Port of Baltimore have been halted, as confirmed by the White House. This development has prompted cruise lines, including Carnival Cruise Line, Royal Caribbean, and Norwegian Cruise Line, to make immediate changes to their operations.


Carnival Cruise Line has taken proactive measures by temporarily relocating its sailings on the Carnival Legend to Norfolk, Virginia. Passengers who boarded in Baltimore before the collapse will be provided with complimentary bus services back to Baltimore upon the ship’s return from its current voyage on Sunday. Christine Duffy, President of Carnival Cruise Line, expressed condolences to the affected families and gratitude for the swift response from officials in Norfolk.


Norwegian Cruise Line, which began its cruises from Baltimore last year, confirmed that its scheduled return to the port isn’t until September. While expressing sadness over the incident, the company assured that its itineraries remain unaffected for now, with plans to keep guests and travel partners updated on any changes.


Royal Caribbean, although yet to respond to inquiries regarding its plans, stated to The Washington Post that it is closely monitoring the situation. The company’s port logistics team is actively exploring alternatives for ongoing and upcoming sailings of Vision of the Seas.

As investigations into the bridge collapse continue and efforts to reopen Baltimore Harbor progress, cruise lines are prioritizing passenger safety and operational adjustments, underscoring their commitment to navigate through unforeseen challenges with resilience and responsibility.



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