Disney, Royal Caribbean, Norwegian and Carnival Cruise Ships Lay at Berth at Port Canaveral

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none of the vessels have passengers on board

The Canaveral Port Authority cares for the safety and well-being of our employees, partners, visitors, and guests. (Port Canaveral image)

BREVARD COUNTY • PORT CANAVERAL, FLORIDA – The Canaveral Port Authority cares for the safety and well-being of our employees, partners, visitors and guests.

As we continue to closely monitor the COVID-19 developing situation, in line with recommendations from the CDC and the Florida Dept. of Health, and in response to guidance issued  this week by Florida Governor DeSantis, we have taken the following actions:

Canaveral Port Authority employees who are able to telework are now doing so. Business transactions at the Port Canaveral Maritime Center will be conducted by appointment only.

The Port’s Purchasing Warehouse remains open for deliveries.

We have suspended the use of our indoor and outdoor venues at Port Canaveral for events and gatherings scheduled to take place in any of our facilities from Tuesday, March 17 through May 1, 2020.

We will be processing refunds for deposits or monies paid for any event reservation, and will not be accepting any new event reservations until further notice.

The Exploration Tower is closed until further notice and Jetty Park is closed and campground guests will need to vacate by Thursday, March 19.

Additionally, we will not be accepting any new campground reservations until further notice.

Cove Merchants are open, however, interested patrons should check with the business for their operating status.

Port Canaveral operations are normal for inbound and outbound vessels.

The U.S. Coast Guard has regulatory authority to control and/or deny all vessel “Notice of Arrivals” transiting to U.S. Ports.

All passenger and commercial vessels that have arrived or are expected to arrive at Port Canaveral are in compliance with the current policies, procedures and guidance of the U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Customs and Border Protection and the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The U.S. Coast Guard has regulatory authority to control and/or deny all vessel “Notice of Arrivals” transiting to U.S. Ports. All passenger and commercial vessels that have arrived or are expected to arrive at Port Canaveral are in compliance with the current policies, procedures and guidance of the U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Customs and Border Protection and the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (Port Canaveral image)

As we work with our cruise partners to accommodate their berthing needs, there are currently five cruise ships at lay berth at Port Canaveral.

These are Disney, Royal Caribbean, Norwegian, and Carnival cruise ships, which are generally homeported at Port Canaveral, and none of the vessels have passengers on board.

Area residents may see cruise ships entering and leaving the Port every few days. The cruise lines plan to cycle vessels from berth to off-shore allowing each ship to take on provisions while at berth.

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U.S. Customs and Border Protection is restricting all crewmember movements while vessels are docked in Port Canaveral.

We continue to closely monitor the COVID-19 situation and coordinate our efforts with federal, state and local government agencies – like the U.S. Coast Guard, Customs and Border Protection, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Florida Dept. of Health (DOH) – to ensure we are doing everything to keep our employees and extended community safe, and well informed.

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