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News Release
FOR RELEASE - April 8, 2021
Contact: Jen Wilk, Public Affairs Director,
(703) 254-7098

American Association of Port Authorities
Phone: (703) 684-5700

America’s Ports Stand Ready to Safely Receive Cruise Passengers Again

Ports are confident in their role to see the safe restart of cruising

The American Association of Port Authorities – the unified voice of ports across the U.S. – agrees health and safety are paramount as the U.S. prepares to resume cruising. The Centers for Disease Control’s issuance of new guidance under the Framework for Conditional Sailing Orders on April 2, 2021 is a step forward on a route to reopening.

The Framework’s intent of mitigating risk through coordination between cruise lines and the ports to prioritize a safe operating environment is aligned with current port practices.

America’s ports are key partners in the safe resumption of cruising. Over the past year, ports have been investing in further COVID safety improvements at facilities to limit contact and meet other CDC requirements. Throughout the pandemic ports have safely transported freight cargo and eagerly stand ready to receive cruise passengers once again.

As the CDC eased traveler restrictions at airports, in light of already implemented safety protocols, vaccination progress and an improved public health environment, AAPA urges the CDC to use analogous considerations to expedite a similar reopening for cruise travelers at seaports.

AAPA applauds the Biden Administration’s significant advances in battling the pandemic, while also safely reopening other tourism sectors. Ports are confident in their role to see the safe restart of cruising on track with President Biden’s July 2021 goal of Americans safely enjoying a “new normal” this summer.

While the U.S. is navigating a way forward, Canada’s ban on cruising has had a ripple effect shutting out the possibility of cruises to some of America’s ports. The U.S. CDC guidance could be an opportunity for Transport Canada to consider similar protocols to safely resume operations.

About AAPA
Founded in 1912 and recognized as the unified voice of seaports in the Americas. According to IHS Markit’s World Trade Service, combined international sea trade moving through Western Hemisphere ports in 2016 totaled 3.49 billion metric tons in volume and US$3.01 trillion in value. Of that total, ports in Central and South America handled 1.71 billion metric tons of cargo valued at US$941 billion, while North American ports handled 1.79 billion metric tons of goods, valued at US$2.07 trillion. To meet the growing demand for trade, the AAPA and its members are committed to keeping seaports navigable, secure and sustainable.  For more information, visit On Twitter:

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