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Port Everglades, Fla. (November 8, 2002) --- Today's arrival of Carnival Cruise Lines' Carnival Legend, makes Broward County's Port Everglades the only cruise port in the world to accommodate all six Carnival Corporation brands, including Costa Cruises, Cunard Line, Holland America Line, Seabourn Cruise Line and Windstar Cruises. This is also the first time ever that Carnival has deployed a brand new ship to Port Everglades.
The Carnival Legend will bring an additional 92,500 passengers and nearly $1 million to Port Everglades, which is already recognized as one of the world's busiest homeports. The influx of cruise guests is also expected to benefit Broward County hotels, restaurants, attractions and retail stores.
The Legend is scheduled to operate a series of 22 eight-day voyages from the Greater Fort Lauderdale area November 2002 through April 2003.
"Carnival is introducing a unique marketing concept into the cruise industry by offering eight-day cruises, so the ship will arrive on varying days of the week," said Ken Krauter, Port Director for Port Everglades. "This is exciting for Broward County and Port Everglades because there will be a brand new ship in port during the less utilized times of the week, and passengers are likely to combine their cruise with a land vacation in the Greater Fort Lauderdale area."
The third in the line's Spirit-class series, this 2,124-passenger vessel will sail on "exotic" southern and western Caribbean cruises from Port Everglades, featuring ports of call typically available only on longer voyages. Eight-day southern Caribbean cruises will visit St. Maarten, Barbados and Martinique, while eight-day western Caribbean voyages will include stops at Belize City, Belize; Limon, Costa Rica; and Colon, Panama.
Carnival Legend will be the 17th vessel in Carnival's "Fun Ship" fleet, which operates voyages of two to 17 days in length to the Bahamas, Caribbean, Mexican Riviera, Alaska, Hawaii, the Panama Canal, New England, Canada, Bermuda and Europe.
Broward County's Department of Port Everglades is a self-supporting seaport serving as a gateway to the world through easily accessible maritime transport and exotic cruises, and offering full service facilities to accommodate a wide variety of maritime activities.
Diversification, capped by state-of-the-art security and unrivaled customer service has earned Port Everglades its worldwide reputation as a leading multi-faceted seaport. More information can be found at www.broward.org/port.