FORT LAUDERDALE, FL (Dec. 12, 2023) – Today, Port Everglades officially welcomed Azamara Cruises for the first time and Azamara Onward to its new South Florida winter homeport during a traditional dockside plaque-and-key ceremony. As a portal to the world, the Greater Fort Lauderdale seaport is an ideal fit for the luxury small-ship cruise line that offers sailings to destinations around the globe.

“We are honored to extend our highly personalized services to Azamara Cruises and their guests,” said Port Everglades CEO and Port Director Jonathan Daniels. “As a welcoming and convenient port of choice, we’re confident that their cruise guests will find themselves pleasantly immersed in all that the port and Greater Fort Lauderdale have to offer.”

Azamara Onward’s four sailings from the port this cruise season include a 10-night, 12-night and 14-night journey to the Eastern Caribbean, and a 13-night Central America Tapestry Voyage, which kicks off the the155-night Around the World Voyage that departs on January 5, 2024. The newest ship in Azamara Cruises’ collection is built like its other three ships to accommodate up to 700 guests as it crosses oceans, cruises waterways and docks at intimate locations.

“We want to thank CEO and Port Director Jonathan Daniels and his team at Port Everglades for warmly welcoming our latest ship, Azamara Onward, as she makes her maiden call here in Fort Lauderdale,” said Michael Pawlus, Head of Itinerary Planning at Azamara. “With our headquarters in South Florida, it’s always exciting to have one of our ships dock close to home. In just a few weeks, Azamara Onward will set sail from here on her first ever World Cruise from Port Everglades, taking our guests from Fort Lauderdale to more than 40 countries across the globe.”

In addition to ease of sailing, Azamara cruise guests will find Port Everglades is a shell’s throw away from golden beaches, restaurants, hotels and attractions for nearly every interest and budget.


About Port Everglades
Port Everglades offers everything under the sun from Caribbean cruises to world voyages to fast ferry getaways -- all from the vacation paradise of Greater Fort Lauderdale. Port Everglades’ enviable location in the heart of South Florida and the neighboring Caribbean, makes it one of the three busiest cruise ports in the world, typically hosting more than 3 million passengers annually. Guests enjoy the port’s proximity to three international airports including rapidly growing Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) less than two miles away. For pre- and post-cruise stays, Port Everglades is a short drive to sweeping beachfronts, a vibrant art scene, world-class restaurants, craft breweries, entertainment, shopping, casinos, and family-friendly activities -- including the area’s namesake, the Florida Everglades. View details on the latest cruise offerings at or contact us by emailing

About Azamara
Azamara is a small-ship cruise line and leader in Destination Immersion® experiences. With a fleet of four intimate-style ships, Azamara Journey®, Azamara Quest®, Azamara Pursuit®, and Azamara Onward, the cruise line allows travelers to reach marquee ports around the world and dock in smaller, hidden gem destinations. Azamara aims to Change the Way You Sea, through its commitment to creating immersive experiences for guests through Extended Destination Days (10 or more hours in port) for a more meaningful travel experience. Through their deep understanding of hospitality and commitment to delivering exceptional service, guests can experience an intimate hotel at sea. By leveraging technology, data, communications, and trained staff they strive to create personalized and memorable journeys for guests. Through Always Azamara guests can know what's always included; a variety of dining venues plus room service, drinks including alcohol all day and night, tips & gratuities, exclusive cultural events, and unlimited self-service laundry; and what is always expected when sailing with Azamara; no hassle, no crowds, unique & iconic destinations, overnights, and Extended Destination Days. Additionally, guests can also take advantage of exclusive loyalty membership benefits through the Azamara Circle Program. For more information visit    


Dec. 12, 2023

Joy Oglesby
Public Information Officer, Port Everglades