Accordingly, port Canaveral, central Florida’s seaport and the second largest cruise homeport, is implementing austerity measures due to the impact of COVID-19 on its operations and the shutdown in the cruise industry.
Florida Today cites the port's director of communications and public affairs as saying that as of July 31 Port Canaveral is reducing its headcount by 115 positions out of a total of 268 employees prior to the onset of COVID-19.
Before the shutdown, the port was expecting nearly five million cruise passengers and was working to expand cruise operations. Major cruise lines including Carnival Cruise Line, Disney Cruises, Norwegian Cruise Line and Royal Caribbean all had cruise ships homeported at Port Canaveral.
The port also announced that MSC Cruises would be homeporting two cruise ships there for the 2020-2021 cruise season.