Port Everglades To Set New World Record with 46,000+ Passengers in Single Day
Besting the world record it set three years ago, Port Everglades expects more than 46,000 passengers to sail to and from the Port in a single day on Dec. 23, 2006. That is enough cruise passengers to fill one-hundred 747 jumbo jets and is equivalent to approximately one-quarter of the population of Fort Lauderdale, FL, the main city in Broward County where the port is located.
Though the previous world record was set by the port on Dec. 21, 2003, with 44,108 passengers sailing on 15 ships, this new record will occur with only 13 cruise ships.
"Ironically, because cruise ships are getting bigger, we expect to break our own world record this year with fewer ships than when Port Everglades originally set the record three years ago," said Port Director Phillip C. Allen. "Holiday cruises to the Caribbean are always popular this time of year, but this year is exceptional because Port Everglades will be hosting larger ships than ever before, including the immense Queen Mary 2."
If docked in a row from bow to stern, the cruise ships in port on Dec. 23 would measure 9,555 feet - more than six times the height of the Sears Tower in Chicago and the length of approximately 32 football fields. Together, the combined gross registered tonnage (grt) will equal 928,467, which is approximately 30,000 grt higher than when Port Everglades set the last world record with15 cruise ships.
"This clearly illustrates the economic benefits that the cruise industry brings to Broward County," says Broward County Mayor Josephus Eggelletion, Jr. "Cruise lines provide direct employment for more than 8,000 people including office staff, entertainers, ticket agents, shore staff, line handlers and dock workers, ship suppliers, etc. In addition, cruise passengers fly into our airport, eat in our restaurants, shop in our stores and often extend their vacations to stay in the Greater Fort Lauderdale area. Broward County is fortunate to have one of the world's most popular and busiest cruise ports."
The cruise ships that will be in port on Dec. 23 include: Carnival Cruise Lines' Carnival Liberty, Costa Cruises' Costa Magica, Cunard Line's QM2, Discovery Cruise Line's Discovery Sun, Holland America Line's Volendam and Zuiderdam, Imperial Majesty Cruise Line's Regal Empress, Princess Cruises' Sea Princess and Star Princess, Royal Caribbean International's Enchantment of the Seas and Radiance of the Seas, and Seabourn Cruise Line's Seabourn Pride. In addition, SeaEscape Cruises' Island Adventure will sail in the evening on a cruise to nowhere.
Port Everglades is the world's second busiest cruise homeport with 3.6 million passengers expected during 2007. Nearly 40 cruise ships and 15 cruise lines call at Port Everglades, including: Carnival Cruise Lines, Celebrity Cruises, Costa Cruise Lines, Cunard Line, Discovery Cruise Lines, Hapag-Lloyd Kreuzfahrten, Holland America Line, Imperial Majesty Cruise Line, MSC Cruises, Princess Cruises, Regent Seven Seas Cruises, Royal Caribbean International, Seabourn Cruise Line, SeaEscape Cruises, and Silversea Cruises.
The Port's ever-expanding fleet of cruise ships provides guests with an array of cruise vacation choices from the popular Greater Fort Lauderdale area including everything from sampler-size day cruises to around-the-world cruises. Details on the latest cruise offerings are available on the Internet at www.broward.org/port.