Coronavirus prevention and safety

Port Tampa Bay values the health and wellness of its employees, tenants, industry partners, visitors and our cruise line partners’ passengers.

We strive to create a healthy and safe environment at all times. At this point there have been no reported cases of COVID-19 at Port Tampa Bay. While we have always enforced healthy habits and good hygiene, we have put more measures in place to keep our Port healthy and prevent the spread of all viruses, including COVID-19.

Cruise line information and screening measures

UPDATED: March 9, 2021

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued a conditional sailing order for cruises in the United States, which went into effect on Nov. 1, 2020. This issue was made in the interest of public safety. You can read more from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention here: COVID-19 and Cruise Ship Travel

Additionally, you can read how members of the Cruise Lines International Association plan to keep passengers safe, once cruising has resumed: Cruise Industry COVID-19 Facts and Resources

We encourage any impacted cruise passengers to contact their travel agent or cruise line directly. If you have questions about a specific cruise line's sailing schedule, your upcoming trip, or safety protocols, visit the below links for more information: 

For options regarding your canceled cruise ship parking, please visit this link: Port Tampa Bay Refund Form

As always, practice good hygiene to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and other viruses

  • Wash your hands, front and back and in-between fingers, for a minimum of 20-seconds multiple times during the day. Especially after using the rest room, touching your face or coughing and sneezing.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Cough or sneeze into a tissue, then throw the tissue away or cover your mouth with the inside of your arm instead of your hands. Wash your hands afterwards.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects.
  • Wear a mask when out in public.
  • Practice safe social distancing.
  • Most important - if you are sick, stay home.

Cruise terminal cleaning, sanitation and preventative measures  

We have rigorous cleaning and sanitation practices in place to maintain our cruise terminals, and we are now implementing an additional in-depth and cutting-edge process using an antimicrobial product, called mPact. This new process complements several other cleaning and sanitization efforts, including deep cleaning each terminal following a cruise sailing, regularly cleaning and sanitizing high-touch areas like railings, doorknobs, and countertops, and increasing hand sanitizer available to passengers, while in the terminal.

When the product mPact is applied (and allowed to dry), it leaves a thin bonded film that, at the nano level, resembles millions of sword-shaped road spikes – spikes that kill bacteria. It has been lab-tested and is proven to be 99.99% effective in preventing the spread of COVID-19.

The antimicrobial is colorless, odorless, and can be applied to wood or steel framing, sheetrock, carpets, upholstery and painted surfaces. Once the product is sprayed on, it bonds to the surface and retains its effectiveness for a minimum of 30 days. In comparison, most household disinfectants have to be on a surface for 10 minutes or more to “disinfect” or kill all the germs on the surface, and once they are dry, germ buildup resumes.

mPact will be used to clean and provide a protective barrier to all surfaces at our cruise terminals moving forward, including each upholstered chair. The high-touch areas will be treated after every cruise, and each terminal will be treated every 30 days.

Learn more about Port Tampa Bay

Port Tampa Bay remains open and ready to serve our community. Each week, the port provides an update to our customers, tenants and community. You can read the latest message here: Port Tampa Bay Weekly Web Update

Additionally, follow the port's social media pages to connect with us. Port Tampa Bay is active on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn.