BROWARD COUNTY, FL - Nationally recognized cruise travel magazine Porthole has selected Port Everglades for its “2013 Editor-in-Chief Award for Best Domestic Departure Port.” 

"For decades, Port Everglades has been the premier departure port for cruisers traveling from South Florida to anywhere in the world," says Porthole Cruise Magazine's Editor-in-Chief Bill Panoff. "Port Everglades is a favorite with Porthole readers and savvy travelers. I've always had a great experience there." 

Porthole’s Editor-in-Chief Awards are presented to companies in the cruise and travel industry that have gone above and beyond in terms of service, quality, and excellence. The awards are announced in the February 2013 issue of Porthole Cruise Magazine, as well as online at and throughout Porthole’s social media sites. 

“This is a real honor because Porthole has its pulse on the cruise industry, and Bill knows that cruise ports are constantly challenged with providing state-of-the-art facilities that can keep pace with the high standards of the cruise lines and their guests,” says Port Everglades Chief Executive & Port Director Steven Cernak. 

Port Everglades, already the homeport for the world’s largest cruise ships, recently completed a $54 million construction project to fully renovate, expand and update four cruise terminals. The enhancements allow for a seamless “curbside-to-ship” guest experience with expanded check-in and baggage claim areas, covered walkways, streamlined transportation routing and bright interiors. 

Future growth at Port Everglades will include expanding and modernizing Cruise Terminal 4 and extending the adjacent berth by 250 feet to accommodate longer cruise ships. Construction for the Cruise Terminal 4 renovation and berth expansion are part of the Port’s five-year capital improvement plan and anticipated to be complete by 2016. 

About Porthole Magazine 
As a leading consumer cruise and travel publication, Porthole Cruise Magazine celebrates the world of cruising. Now in its 17th year, Porthole has a readership of 500,000 and is published bi-monthly with newsstand positioning in major retailer outlets such as Barnes & Noble as well as other traveler-savvy venues. Porthole features stories about cruise ship innovations and itineraries, upbeat personal narratives that capture the history and culture of ports of call, tips on shopping and traveling in comfort, and an insider’s look at shipboard entertainment and international cuisines. Porthole will soon offer a digital edition, allowing for even more dynamic content to reach a global audience. 

About Port Everglades 
Port Everglades is one of the busiest cruise ports in the world with more than 3.6 million passengers expected during 2013 and more homeported cruise ships than any cruise port worldwide. Twelve cruise lines and 42 cruise ships sail from the South Florida seaport including: Balearia’s Bahamas Express, Carnival Cruise Lines, Celebrity Cruises, Cunard Line, Hapag-Lloyd Cruises, Holland America Line, MSC Cruises, P&O Cruises, Princess Cruises, Royal Caribbean International, Silversea Cruises and Seabourn. The Port's wide-ranging fleet of cruise ships provides guests with an array of cruise vacation choices from the sunny Greater Fort Lauderdale area. Port Everglades, where the best cruise ships launch and the greatest getaways begin. Details on the latest cruise offerings are available on the Internet at 

DATE: February 13, 2013
MEDIA CONTACTS: Ellen Kennedy or Maisy Alpert
Port Everglades
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