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The FCCA and CLIA Confirm US Ports Are Open to Returning Cruise Ships


Miramar, FL (May 21, 2021) – Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA), the trade association that represents the mutual interests of destinations and stakeholders throughout the Caribbean, Central and South America, and Mexico, along with Member Lines that operate over 90 percent of the global cruising capacity, is excited to again set sail on its itinerary of live events beginning this June 22 at the FCCA-PortMiami Return to Sail Summit.

Hosted and sponsored by PortMiami, the exclusive gathering will join a maximum of 200 persons along with FCCA Member Line executives for a day of workshops and networking opportunities to help prepare for the return of cruising to FCCA partner destinations.

“We are excited to again gather with our partners during this pivotal time to prepare how to make it out of this crisis, hopefully even stronger,” said Michele Paige, President, FCCA. “PortMiami not only plays a vital role for this event, but also for cruising’s return from North America, and we are beyond grateful for their support.”

“We are ready for the resumption of cruising,” said Port Director and CEO Juan M. Kuryla. “In anticipation of that return, we are joining our partners to share our updated procedures and exchange ideas as we eagerly await the restart. We can’t wait to welcome cruise passengers back!”

The event will take place on June 22 with a schedule of workshops and networking opportunities including a Meet & Greet and lunch gathering attendees and the participating cruise executives.

As of May 19, ten Presidents and/or CEOs had already confirmed – from Carnival Corporation & plc.; Carnival Cruise Line; Holland America Group; MSC Cruises USA; Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd.; Norwegian Cruise Line; Regent Seven Seas; Royal Caribbean Group; Royal Caribbean International; and Virgin Voyages – along with nearly 20 high-level cruise executives specifically selected for the event to drive mutual benefits for attendees.

The three workshops will include:

View from the Top
Presidents, CEOs and Chairmen from the FCCA Executive Committee discuss when and how cruising will return to the Caribbean, Central and South America, and Mexico.

Grand Tour
Cruise executives from the FCCA Operations Committee give a detailed approach on the new protocols in cruise destinations, including the impact for tour operators and shore excursion operations.

You’re Hired!
The newly formed FCCA Employment Committee shares some of the recent developments creating opportunities for destinations to have more of their populations join cruise line families.

For more information and registration, please visit https://fcca-portmiami.eventbrite.com.

Created in 1972, the FCCA is a not-for-profit trade organization that provides a forum for discussion on tourism development, ports, safety, security, and other cruise industry issues and builds bilateral relationships with destinations’ private and public sectors. By fostering an understanding of the cruise industry and its operating practices, the FCCA works with governments, ports and private sector representatives to maximize cruise passenger, crew and cruise line spending, as well as enhance the destination experience and increase the amount of cruise passengers returning as stay-over visitors. For more information, visit F-CCA.com and @FCCAupdates on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.


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