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Royal Caribbean cruise ship is first to depart Baltimore since Key Bridge collapse

Royal Caribbean cruise ship is first to depart Baltimore since Key Bridge collapse

The primary cruise ship to depart the Port of Baltimore because the Key Bridge collapse has set sail on Saturday.

Royal Caribbean’s Imaginative and prescient of the Seas welcomed passengers onboard on Might 25 for a 5-night cruise to Bermuda, and it is an necessary image of Baltimore’s restoration because the Key Bridge collapse.

The Francis Scott Key Bridge collapse severely impacted logistics and the economic system of Baltimore, and the clean-up effort to open up maritime commerce was an immense process.

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 Royal Caribbean mentioned in an announcement, it “appears to be like ahead to returning to the Port of Baltimore as soon as once more.”

On Monday, Might 20, the Dali container ship that crashed into the Key Bridge on the finish of March, was escorted by tugboats to a marine terminal 2.5 miles away.  It had remained caught underneath the bridge wreckage till Monday.

Final week crews demolished the most important remaining metal span of the bridge utilizing explosives.

The removing of the metal span and shifting of the ship have been a few of the closing steps to permit cruise ships to restart crusing from Baltimore. 

The collision introduced down the 1.6-mile lengthy metal construction, killed six development employees on the bridge and severed entry to crucial transport routes out and in of the Port of Baltimore.

Officers have vowed to rebuild the bridge – however the precise price stays unclear. A spokesperson for the Insurance coverage Info Institute has estimated the bridge alone may very well be price greater than $1.2 billion.

Earlier this week, the Port of Baltimore celebrated the restart of cruises with a put up on social media, “Prepare…the Port of Baltimore is able to cruise as soon as once more! Royal Caribbean Worldwide’s Imaginative and prescient of the Seas will depart on Might twenty fifth for a unbelievable 5-night voyage from Baltimore to Bermuda.”

Royal Caribbean had quickly moved its operations south to Norfolk, Virginia to supply cruises in April previous to the ship getting in for repeatedly scheduled upkeep. 

The drydock session got here proper after the bridge collapse, leaving much less sailings impacted by the closure of the Port of Baltimore since there have been no scheduled Royal Caribbean cruises in the course of the refurbishment.

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The 1997-built ship went to Grand Bahama Island in Freeport, Bahamas for its drydock work.

The dry dock work accomplished on Imaginative and prescient of the Seas was restricted to upkeep work, maintenance, and common “underneath the hood” kind work.

Royal Caribbean’s Imaginative and prescient of the Seas sails out of Maryland, providing cruises to the Bahamas, Southern Caribbean, Bermuda, and Canada/New England. 

Imaginative and prescient will provide cruises of five- to nine-nights to Bermuda and the Bahamas.

Then in November, Imaginative and prescient will transition to supply cruises that go to simply the Caribbean and Florida. 

Carnival is subsequent

Following Imaginative and prescient, Carnival Delight will resume its homeporting in Baltimore on Sunday.

Delight will sail a 14-day voyage to Greenland when she departs on Might 26.

Carnival had shifted to Norfolk as nicely, however plans on resuming their authentic ship itineraries by spring 2026.

Carnival Cruise Line President Christine Duffy mentioned of the efforts to reopen Baltimore, “We’re extraordinarily grateful to the officers and unbelievable first responders in Baltimore, who’ve proven nice management and resolve on this tough time, in addition to our supportive companions in Norfolk, whose fast response allowed us to proceed to ship our scheduled sailings for our company.”