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Mayor Gimenez extends waiver of lay berth and harbor fees for PortMiami's cruise partners

MIAMI ( August 11, 2020 )

Today Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez extended the waiver of lay berth and harbor fees for Miami-Dade County’s cruise line partners an additional 30 days. The new extension will now run from August 12, 2020, through September 10, 2020, subject to availability at PortMiami. 

“The cruise industry continues to be heavily impacted by the effects of COVID-19,” said Mayor Gimenez. “We will continue to stand by our cruise partners through this difficult time.”

On April 9, 2020, the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced a No Sail Order for cruise ships. Consequently, on April 13th Mayor Gimenez extended the waiver through May 12th and broadened the definition of the waiver to apply to any vessel owned by a cruise company that has a berthing or operating agreement with Miami-Dade County.

On June 19, 2020, the Cruise Line Industry Association (CLIA) announced its voluntary extension of  the suspension of U.S. cruise passenger operations until September 15, 2020.

On August 5, 2020, CLIA announced that it was further extending the voluntary suspension of cruise passenger operations to October 31, 2020.

The time period for the extended waiver can be amended at any time at the sole discretion of Miami-Dade County, as needed.

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