Porthole Cruise Magazine names Port Everglades for 2010 award


Port Everglades, Florida (April 19, 2010) - Broward County's Port Everglades has been selected the Best U.S. Homeport by Porthole Cruise Magazine, a world-leading cruise travel magazine.

Porthole Cruise Magazine, which annually picks the very best in cruise itineraries, destinations, attractions, and excursions, revealed its picks for the 2010 Editor-in-Chief Awards in its February issue and recently presented the Award to Port Everglades Director Phil Allen.

"Port Everglades is setting the standard for cruise ports with its new cruise terminal built for Oasis-class ships and the Port's ability to accommodate a large number of guests on busy cruise ship days," said Bill Panoff, Publisher and Editor-in-Chief for Porthole Cruise Magazine. "The Port's cruise fleet remains one of the finest with the ongoing arrival of newly constructed ships making their debut here year after year. Whether you're a first-time cruiser or a veteran sailor of the seas, Port Everglades provides the widest selection of any port. Porthole Cruise Magazine, a consumer resource magazine, presents the Editor-in-Chief Awards annually to pay tribute to standouts in the travel industry."

A "homeport," is a seaport from which a cruise ship loads passengers and begins its itinerary, and to which it returns to debark passengers upon conclusion of the voyage. Most ports around the world are "ports-of-call," which means that cruise ships begin at one port and visit another, for a short time, but does not return.

The award is timely, as Port Everglades welcomed the addition of five brand-new cruise ships to its homeport fleet this year, including Royal Caribbean International's Oasis of the Seas, and just announced a 15-year agreement with Carnival Corporation. Since welcoming its first cruise ship in 1931, Port Everglades has grown to become one of the top three cruise ports in the world with more than 3 million passengers passing through the port annually. Port Everglades hosts more ships, more cruise lines, more sailings, and more vacation itineraries than any other cruise port in the world.

"This is a great honor today to accept the award for having the Best U.S. Homeport," Allen said. "We are pleased to have a great vacation destination with Port Everglades in Broward County. The Port is a vital element of the local economy and serves as South Florida's gateway to global cruise vacations. The Greater Fort Lauderdale community is at an economic advantage from the increased tourism as cruise passengers from Port Everglades provide a continuous market of travelers who take advantage of the area's hotels, restaurants, retail stores, rental vehicles, buses, taxis, and attractions." 

Port Everglades is the cruise ship capital of the world with more than 3.4 million passengers expected during 2010 and more homeported cruise ships than any cruise port worldwide. Fourteen major cruise lines and nearly 50 cruise ships sail from the South Florida seaport including: Carnival Cruise Lines, Celebrity Cruises, Costa Cruise Lines, Cunard Line, Discovery Cruises, Hapag-Lloyd Cruises, Holland America Line, MSC Cruises, P&O Cruises, Princess Cruises, Regent Seven Seas Cruises, Royal Caribbean International, Seabourn Cruise Line, and Silversea Cruises. The Port's ever-expanding fleet of cruise ships provides guests with an array of cruise vacation choices from the sunny Greater Fort Lauderdale area including everything from sampler-size day cruises to around-the-world cruises. Port Everglades, where the best cruise ships launch and the greatest getaways begin.

Details on the latest cruise offerings are available on the Internet at http://www.porteverglades.net/  or www.broward.org/port. For more information on Porthole Magazine, go to http://www.porthole.com/.