Port Everglades Readies for Double-Digit Cruise Ship Days
November 02, 2006

Broward County's Port Everglades will experience five days this winter cruise season where passenger counts top 40,000 - a record for the South Florida cruise port.

And, on December 23, 2006, Port Everglades expects to break its previous world record with an estimated 46,666 embarking and disembarking passengers.  The previous record of 44,108 passenger moves was set in December 2003.

"Port Everglades is the only port in the world that can host this many cruise ships, especially so many larger ships, and so many passengers in a single day," says Port Director Phillip C. Allen.  "We are fortunate to have the infrastructure to handle this volume and the seasoned staff to make it work seamlessly."

During the winter Caribbean cruise season, November 2006 through April 2007, Port Everglades will accommodate 10 cruise ships on 11 days, 11 cruise ships on eight days,  and 13 cruise ships on two days, for a total of 21 double-digit cruise ship days.  On five of those days - December 9, December 23, January 14, February 11 and March 25 - Port Everglades will host more than 40,000 embarking and disembarking passengers.

In addition, the 2006-2007 cruise season will kick off year-round sailings aboard Carnival Cruise Line's Carnival Liberty, a second six- and eight-night ship from Royal Caribbean International (Radiance of the Seas), and the return of Cunard Line's Queen Mary 2.

In total, Port Everglades will host approximately 40 cruise ships from 15 different cruise lines sailing 1,900 cruises.

Carnival Liberty is extending its service at Port Everglades with a year-round, six- and eight-night schedule.  This 2,974-passenger Carnival "Fun Ship" entered service in July 2005 and features 22 lounges and bars, and a 1,500-seat theater showcasing lavish Vegas-style productions. An added feature is a 12-foot-high by 22-foot-wide LED screen located poolside on Carnival Liberty's sun deck showing movies, sporting events, concerts, and various other programming.

Cunard Line's Queen Mary 2, which made history as the world's largest and most expensive ocean liner when she made her debut at Port Everglades in January 2004, will return with nine sailings from Port Everglades, which is considered the ship's winter homeport.  Port Everglades was the first port in the mainland United States to welcome the 151,400-gross-ton luxury liner on her maiden voyage across the Atlantic Ocean from Southampton, England.

Royal Caribbean International's Radiance of the Seas, which was named at Port Everglades in March 2001, will return to this South Florida winter homeport with six- and eight-night sailings to the Eastern and Western Caribbean.  She is joining her sister ship Jewel of the Seas, which operates a similar winter schedule.  Among the 2,100-passenger ship's features are the 10-story glass-enclosed Centrum, glass elevators facing the sea, and the highest percentage of outside cabins in the Royal Caribbean fleet.

Cruise lines calling on Port Everglades from October 2006 through 2007 include: Carnival Cruise Lines, Celebrity Cruises, Costa Cruise Lines, Cunard Line, Discovery Cruises, 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 and passenger information on port security measures are available on the Internet at www.broward.org/port.