This new program will launch on November 4, 2016 and Port Everglades is the first U.S. cruise port to use the Smartphone technology. This Mobile Passport Control (MSP) program allows U.S. citizens with a passport debarking a cruise ship to complete their Customs declaration using their smart phones or other mobile devices, expediting their clearance process in the terminal. It is currently available for iOS phones and is expected to be available for Android phones later this month.
Steven Cernak, Port Everglades Chief Executive & Port Director, gave the following statement about this new program: “Port Everglades purchased the required equipment earlier this summer in anticipation of the MPC program’s approval by CBP, and we are now the first and only seaport to offer this app.
An added bonus is that MPC will be in service in time for the arrivals of Royal Caribbean Line’s Harmony of the Seas and Holland America Line’s ms Koningsdam. Mobile Passport Control is another feature that will help us enhance the cruise guest experience.”
Travelers and family groups can use the MPC app to provide their biographic information prior to speaking with a CBP officer. The CBP officer is then able to complete the identity verification and admissibility processing of arriving passengers.
Port Everglades has participated in CBP’s Global Entry program since summer 2015, giving preferential processing to those guests who are Global Entry card holders. Port Everglades also recently completed pilot testing of the Automated Passport Control (APC) kiosks in two of its cruise terminals, another CBP initiative to streamline the traveler inspection process.
Port Everglades is one of the three busiest cruise ports in the world and more than 3.7 million cruise passengers are expected to pass through the port in 2016. Ten cruise lines and more than 40 cruise ships sail from Port Everglades including Royal Caribbean, Carnival Cruise Line, Princess Cruises, Holland America Line, Cunard Line, Celebrity Cruises, and Crystal Cruises.