Port Everglades Doubles Size of Cruise Baggage Hall
March 13, 2006

PORT EVERGLADES, FL (March 13, 2006) - To make way for bigger ships carrying an increasing number of cruise passengers and their luggage, Port Everglades has doubled the size of Passenger Terminal 2 to create the seaport's largest baggage hall, and one of the largest in the industry.

The existing baggage hall in Passenger Terminal 2, located in the northern section of Port Everglades, has been expanded from 25,000 square feet to 50,000 square feet (4,646 meters) to accommodate larger cruise ships primarily belonging to Princess Cruises.  The baggage hall can be sectioned off for dual check-in and other uses.  Construction was completed by Double E Contracting, Inc. at a cost of $2,259,525.

"Princess has homeported its ships at Port Everglades for well over 30 years," says Steve Nielsen, Vice President of Caribbean and Atlantic Shore Operations for Princess Cruises.  "We value this special partnership and the Port's continuing willingness to expand and improve its facilities to meet the ever changing and growing needs of our ships and passengers."

Terminal 2 also features a covered passenger drop-off, a passenger waiting lounge with satellite dish television service, two sets of restrooms, a mezzanine, three elevators, two escalators, environmentally friendly electric forklifts for baggage handling, and two telescopic passenger loading bridges.   Parking is conveniently located adjacent to the terminal in the Northport Parking Garage.

Princess Cruises currently operates year-round seven-night Caribbean cruises with the 3,100-passenger Caribbean Princess, and during the winter operates 10-night cruises with both the 1,950-passenger Coral Princess and 1,950-passenger Sun Princess, and 14-night cruises with the 1,950-passenger Sea Princess.
Forty cruise ships and nearly 20 cruise lines call at Port Everglades, including: Carnival Cruise Lines, Celebrity Cruises, Costa Cruise Lines, Crystal Cruises, Cunard Line, Discovery Cruises, Hapag-Lloyd Kreuzfahrten, Holland America Line, Imperial Majesty Cruise Line, MSC Cruises, Princess Cruises, Radisson 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 Internet at www.broward.org/port.