Cruise traffic at the
last year dipped slightly from 2011, snapping a four-year string of increases.
Port officials said Wednesday that 240,676 people sailed on 100 cruises out of Baltimore, the second-highest count since year-round service started in 2009. In 2011, 251,889 passengers sailed on 105 cruises, a nearly 20 percent increase over the previous year.
Cruise traffic is worth about $90 million in total economic value to the state and is responsible for about 220 jobs.
The East McComas Street cruise terminal services
. Most Baltimore cruises are seven-day trips to the
and the Caribbean, although some ships travel to New England and Canada.
In May, the port will see a changing of the guard as Royal Caribbean replaces its 989-foot Enchantment of the Seas with the slightly smaller, but recently refurbished Grandeur of the Seas. Grandeur received a $48 million upgrade and has been cruising the Mediterranean. Shipboard improvements include five new restaurants, technological upgrades and stateroom renovations.