The City is working closely with its partners to monitor the situation and follow and share CDC guidance. The first two cruise ships scheduled to arrive in Portland April 25 & 30 have been cancelled.We will make additional announcements about May and beyond as they become available.
The Cruise Line International Association (CLIA) has implemented protocols for cruise ships and continues to update them. Currently, CLIA has recomended that all cruise lines shut down for the next 30 days. Visit CLIA's website for more information.
The annual Cruise Canada New England Symposium, set to take place in Portland June 2-4, has been cancelled.
As part of the Governor’s Coronavirus Response Team, the Maine Department of Economic and Community Development is working closely with the Maine CDC, which has a full-time staff member working to prepare for the implications of COVID-19 on this year’s cruise ship season in Maine. These state agencies will work with the Coast Guard, the Department of Transportation, and the U.S. CDC to provide guidance if a cruise ship scheduled to land in Maine has a passenger with COVID-19. At the local level, Portland's port rules provide us with the ability to turn away any cruise ship should it be deemed necessary.