Port Canaveral commissioners reduce budget due to extended pause in sailings

   January 29, 2021 ,   Cruise Industry

An extended pause in ship cruises led to Port Canaveral commissioners to reduce the port's budget and ~USD 17 million were moved out of the reserve funds to help balance budget 2021.

Port officials don't anticipate cruise shipping operations to start before July 2021.

CCL-Carnival Cruise Line, DCL-Disney Cruise Line, NCL-Norwegian Cruise Line and RCI-Royal Caribbean International all announced this month they will wait longer to restart.

On Wednesday, January 27, DCL cancelled departures through April and mid-May.

Port Canaveral is working closely with the homeporting cruise companies in their efforts to return to operation.

Port of Port Canaveral (Orlando, Florida)

Even if a cruise liner doesn't start operations before the end of 2021, officials said the seaport will be fine. However, if the pause goes into 2022, that will be another issue but port officials are optimistic that will not happen.

There is a projected income loss for FY2021 (fiscal year) of ~USD 44 million.