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The Carnival Pride served as the venue for a reception and luncheon at the Port of Baltimore sponsored by the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), a trade organization that represents the North American cruise industry, and the Cruise Industry Charitable Foundation (CICF), a non-profit group that focuses on enhancing the quality of life for residents in the cruise industry’s homeport and port of call communities.

During the event, which attracted community leaders and VIPs from the Baltimore area, CLIA and CICF representatives presented a donation of $50,000 to several local charities, including $15,000 to the Dundalk Youth Services Center and $20,000 to the Maritime Industries Academy as shown here.

Carnival Pride launched Baltimore’s first year-round cruise program in 2009 and offers seven-day cruises featuring ports throughout The Bahamas, the Caribbean and Florida.