Port Canaveral CEO optimistic about cruise industry despite CDC advice

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Major cruise lines bring a critical slice of the economy to Port Canaveral. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced their recommendation last week that people avoid cruises due to the increase in COVID-19 cases. The largest cruise trade organization sees this as an uneven playing field. It’s regulated by the CDC, but other industries like airlines or hotels are not. “The CDC does not regulate these other sites. They can make recommendations or provide advice, but there is no direct regulatory relationship. So we’re unique in that they regulate us, ”said Brian Salerno of Cruise Lines International Association. Also in the CDC’s announcement last week, there was a recommendation for cruise passengers to quarantine once they return to mainland. Capt. John Murray of Port Canaveral is skeptical. “I doubt anyone would do that. It’s like getting off a plane, you should quarantine for five days. I’d rather be on this cruise ship where everyone is vaccinated than on this plane where only 70% of them are vaccinated, “Murray said. A move that has had an impact on the thousands of workers on these cruise ships. Customs and the border patrol have ended the shore permits. They are on the shore. must therefore remain on board when ships are in port.While port management is optimistic about its economic future, including cruise lines, if the CDC decides to continue cracking down on the industry, the local economy dependent on cruise lines will be impacted. We are within walking distance of seven hotels. The cruise port I can knock with my new iron at cruise ships right now. So basically we are forecasting our sales based on occupancy of the calendar of cruises, ”said Michael Zarella of Italian restaurant Zarella. While Zarella’s is doing well now, busy after a tough year, if the CDC decides to restrict cruises further, they may be making fewer pizzas.

Major cruise lines bring a critical slice of the economy to Port Canaveral.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced their recommendation last week that people avoid cruises due to the increase in COVID-19 cases.

The largest cruise trade organization sees this as an uneven playing field. It’s regulated by the CDC, but other industries like airlines or hotels are not.

“The CDC does not regulate these other places. They can make recommendations or provide advice, but there is no direct regulatory relationship. So we are unique in that they regulate us ”, Brian Salerno of Cruise Lines International Association noted.

Also in the CDC’s announcement last week, it was recommended that cruise passengers self-quarantine once back on dry land.

Captain John Murray of Port Canaveral is skeptical.

“I doubt anyone would do that. It’s like getting off a plane, you should quarantine yourself for five days. I’d rather be on this cruise ship where everyone is vaccinated than on this plane where only 70% are vaccinated, ”Murray said.

A decision that had an impact on the thousands of workers on these cruise ships.

Customs and border patrol have ended the shore leave. They must therefore remain on board when the ships are in port.

While management at the port is optimistic about its economic future, including cruise lines, if the CDC decides to continue cracking down on the industry, the local economy dependent on cruise passengers will be affected.

“We are within walking distance of seven hotels. The cruise port, I can knock with my new iron at the cruise ships right now. So basically we forecast our sales based on the occupancy of the cruise schedule, ”said Michael Zarella of Italian restaurant Zarella.

While Zarella’s is doing well now, busy after a tough year, if the CDC decides to restrict cruises further, they could make fewer pizzas.

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