BROWARD COUNTY, FL -- Officials at Broward County's Port Everglades knew Sunday, December 20, 2015, was a busy cruise day, but they didn't realize how busy. Port Everglades actually broke its own world record for the most cruise passengers to embark and debark in a single day - 53,485 guests.
The Port's last record was set March 20, 2010 with 53,365 guests.
"We were cautiously optimistic that we would break the record this year, but didn't want to celebrate prematurely. It is difficult to judge how many families would be sharing staterooms with children and driving up the count. Plus, one ship came from dry dock without guests, which would have added another 2,000 people. We are pleased that our cruise operations continue to grow," said Port Everglades Chief Executive and Port Director Steven Cernak.
The Port hosted eight cruise ships on December 20, 2015, including Carnival Cruise Line'sCarnival Conquest, Celebrity Cruises' Celebrity Silhouette, Holland America Line's Eurodamand Nieuw Amsterdam, Princess Cruises' Regal Princess and Royal Princess, and Royal Caribbean International's Allure of the Seas and Navigator of the Seas.
Located in the second largest county in Florida, Broward County's Port Everglades is consistently ranked as one of the three busiest cruise ports in the world. The Port's wide-ranging fleet of cruise ships provides guests with an array of cruise vacation choices from sunny Fort Lauderdale, Hollywood and Dania Beach. View details on the latest cruise offerings in our online Cruise Guide at porteverglades.net or contact us by emailing PortEverglades@broward.org.
PHOTO OP NOTE: The same ships will return on Sunday, January 3, 2016, with the exception of the 3,560-guest Royal Princess, which won't return from a 10-day Eastern Caribbean cruise until January 9, 2016, but will be joined by the 680-guest Pacific Princess for another eight-ship day.
DATE: December 30, 2015
MEDIA CONTACT: Ellen Kennedy
Port Everglades Business Development Division/Communications
PHONE: 954-468-3508; 954-868-0220 (cell)