Carnival Cruise Lines return to Port of Baltimore with newly renovated Carnival Pride ship

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BALTIMORE — Carnival Cruise Lines has returned to the Port of Baltimore after completing extensive renovations to the Carnival Pride ship.

The Maryland Port Administration celebrated the ship's return Sunday. The Carnival Pride left Maryland in October 2014 to undergo a multi-million-dollar renovation. The ship has new technologies to reduce ship emissions.

Port officials say nearly 200,000 passengers sailed on 89 cruises from the Port of Baltimore in 2014. The port ranks No. 6 on the East Coast for cruise passengers.

The 2,124-passenger Carnival Pride now has new dining venues and entertainment features, including a new water park. Carnival says it has the steepest and fastest water slide at sea.

The port administration says 500 jobs are generated by cruise activity in Maryland. They include 220 direct jobs at Baltimore's port.

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