Great Lakes cruising is having its most successful year yet, according to the statement, which is a big reason why a new network of U.S. Customs and Border Protection facilities will enable more seamless cross-border travel.
The new clearance facilities are currently operational in Duluth, Minnesota and Cleveland, Ohio, joining existing facilities in Detroit and Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan.
Previously, cruise ship operators had to work independently with U.S. Customs and Border Protection to arrange agents to handle passengers using remote “jump kit” equipment at various locations in the region.
The availability of personnel and equipment was often uncertain, making it difficult or impossible for cruise ship operators to plan itineraries that depended on on-time connections to coastal transport and activities. Even then, the customer experience was highly variable, sometimes resulting in hours of waiting.
In response, the Great Lakes St. Lawrence Governor and Premier worked with the Great Lakes St. Lawrence Seaway Development Authority and the Great Lakes Ports Association to develop a new four-port customs solution with U.S. Customs and Border Protection. did.
Strategically located at key Great Lakes cruising ports of call, these customs clearance facilities provide predictability for itinerary planners and form a network that enhances the passenger experience.
“Our region is a unique bi-national destination for cruise passengers. “With record-breaking numbers of cruise ships and passengers this season, the Great Lakes are becoming one of the top cruising destinations in the world.”
Nearly 150,000 passengers will visit Great Lakes ports this year. This he has increased by more than 25% from 2019. Nine ships cruise the Great Lakes, including ships operated by Pearl Seas, American Queen Voyages and St. Lawrence Cruise Lines. Viking anytime.