Port of Miami lowers boarding fees, considering restructuring other fees
By Tanja Edwards
The Port of Miami has lowered embarking and disembarking fees for small cruise ships while continuing to consider a restructuring of all its fees.
The port lowered embarking and disembarking fees to $6.30 per passenger from $7.25 on multiday cruise vessels carrying 200 or fewer passengers, said Hydi Webb, cruise development manager at the port. The new fees took effect in May.
"The way the tariffs are situated, it's difficult for smaller vessels," Ms. Webb said. "The fees get higher than the vessels want to pay, and it's not attractive to dock here."
Port officials announced in March that they would review fees - including those for docking, gates and crane rentals - after Broward County officials lowered fees at Port Everglades.
"We are taking things in consideration," said Port of Miami spokeswoman Trenae Floyd. "We are looking at the total picture, and we will exercise several options" over the next several months.
Port administrators decided in March to forgo a 2.6% hike in wharf fees, citing economic and political crises in South America that hit shipping companies hard.