Port Canaveral officials: cruises restart in July

   January 31, 2021 ,   Cruise Industry

According to Port Canaveral officials, some sailings might return in July.

At a meeting on Wednesday, January 27, Port Canaveral CEO Captain John Murray said he believed by July, the COVID vaccine would be widely distributed and the cruise industry could get restarted.

The projection of Port Canaveral is based on what officials foresee as a worst-case scenario. Under the worst-case scenario, they are estimating lines will each have at least one cruise ship sailing by July 2021 even though current data suggest vessels will sail before that.

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The revised dates were independently arrived at and are not based on any cruise company statements.

Officials at the meeting added the most likely scenario was the initial restart phase would have one cruise ship per cruise line, and each vessel would operate at half capacity.

Port Canaveral Chief Financial Officer Michael Poole is projecting USD 32,59 million in operating revenue and a USD 43,12 million loss for the port in the current budget year ending September 30.