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Baltimore residents get ready to cruise from home on the Carnival Pride

Carnival ships in Grand Cayman
Carnival ships in Grand Cayman
Richard Pietschmann

Ahoy Baltimore residents, starting October 2015 you will be able to hop on a cruise without having to fly, right in your own back yard. Carnival Cruises will be operating a first ever series of 10 and 14-day Caribbean cruises on the Carnival Pride, which will arrive all spiffed up after a major make-over scheduled for fall of 2014.

You can sail roundtrip or do a one way to San Juan, or take a five-day voyage to Bermuda or an eight day journey to both the Bahamas and Caribbean. “Our guests and travel agent partners have been seeking more varied options from the Northeast – particularly longer length voyages – and we’re delighted to expand our schedules from Baltimore and San Juan to provide these attractive ‘Fun Ship’ cruise offerings from these ports,” said Gerry Cahill, Carnival’s president and CEO. “These new voyages not only provide vacationers with an abundance of five- to 14-day cruise choices but also feature a wide range of spectacular island destinations throughout the Caribbean, Bahamas and Bermuda,” he added.

Carnival Pride will make a couple of five-day Bermuda cruises in 2015-16 – one departing Oct. 26, 2015, and another April 10, 2016. These cruises spend two full days at Heritage Wharf, where guests can marvel at the island’s legendary pink sand beaches, enjoy a variety of watersports and visit historic sites such as the Royal Naval Dockyard and Gibb’s Hill Lighthouse, the oldest cast iron lighthouse in the Western Hemisphere. She will also do a trio of six-day Bahamas cruises operating round-trip from Baltimore, with stops at Freeport and Nassau on Nov. 30 and Dec. 20, 2015, and Feb. 14, 2016. Here exotic eight-day eastern Caribbean cruises from Baltimore will stop at Grand Turk and the private Bahamian island of Half Moon Cay and Nassau on Oct. 18 and 31, and Dec. 26, 2015, and Feb. 20, and April 15 and 23, 2016.

There is also a six-day East Coast U.S. and Bahamas cruise from Baltimore featuring the line’s first-ever scheduled in-transit call to Charleston, S.C., as well as Port Canaveral, Fla., Nassau, and Freeport, will be offered Nov. 22, 2015.

Bookings are open for the Baltimore cruises and can be made at or by calling 1-800-CARNIVAL. You can follow Carnival’s Twitter page at; or on its FaceFan Page:, or onYouTube.