Porthole Magazine names Port Everglades Best U.S. Homeport
March 19, 2009

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 2009 Editor-in-Chief Awards in its February issue and presented the Award to Port Everglades Director Phillip C. Allen at this week's Cruise Shipping Miami Convention (formerly Seatrade).

"Port Everglades' cruise offerings run the gamut from world cruises, extended transatlantic and trans-canal adventures, to traditional seven-night Caribbean vacations, and day trips to the Bahamas,'" 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."

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 are "ports-of-call," which means that cruise ships begin at one port and visits for a short time at another.

The award is timely, as Port Everglades celebrates the 2008-2009 cruise season with the welcome addition of five brand new cruise ships, of the cruise industry's eight newest cruise ships, to its homeport fleet. 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's economy benefits greatly 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."

Fourteen cruise lines sail from the South Florida seaport including: Carnival Cruise Lines, Celebrity Cruises, Costa Cruise Lines, Cunard Line, Discovery Cruises, Holland America Line, Celebration Cruise Line, MSC Cruises, Princess Cruises, Regent Seven Seas Cruises, Royal Caribbean International, The Yachts of Seabourn, and Silversea Cruises. And, beginning in Fall 2009, Port Everglades will be the home of Royal Caribbean International's new 5,400-passenger Oasis-class ships, largest cruise ships in the world.

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. Details on the latest cruise offerings are available on the Internet at www.broward.org/port.