President Obama's Visit Expected to Cause Cruise Ship Delays

March 28, 2013
Port of Miami

(3:30 p.m. EST) --Cruise passengers embarking three ships March 29 in Miami could face delays because of a visit from President Barack Obama, who is scheduled to speak about the economy at the port. The Port will be closed temporarily during the visit, with all vehicle traffic prohibited.

Carnival Imagination, Norwegian Sky and Royal Caribbean's Majesty of the Seas will be preparing for turnaround, and traffic congestion from the presidential event is expected to affect departure times, though the lines don't anticipate itinerary changes.

Carnival Cruise Line told passengers to arrive between 9 a.m. and noon or between 3:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. The ship will depart shortly after 6:30. The ship usually leaves between 4 and 4:30 p.m., a Carnival spokesman said.

Norwegian Cruise Line is advising passengers to arrive before noon or after 3:00 p.m. to avoid congestion. The ship is expected to depart at 5 p.m. as scheduled, according to a Norwegian spokeswoman. "We have informed all guests of Friday's events and have asked them to plan accordingly," spokeswoman Vanessa Lane said. "If delays impact arrivals, then we will make the appropriate arrangements for our guests."

Passengers sailing Majesty of the Seas have been instructed to arrive to the port between 10:30 a.m. and noon, or between 3 p.m. and 5:30 p.m., according to a statement from Royal Caribbean. Majesty of the Seas' departure time will be delayed to accommodate this event but will not affect the ship's scheduled itinerary.

--by Brittany Chrusciel, Editorial Assistant