Port Everglades logged a record 3.66 million multi-day cruise passengers in fiscal year 2011, which ended Sept. 30, and port officials anticipate an equally active cruise season in 2012. Next year, Port Everglades expects another estimated 3.6 million multi-day passengers. It also foresees nine days that will have eight cruise ships docked -- and on two of those days -- Nov. 26 and March 17 -- the port might break its world record for the highest number of cruise guests embarking and debarking in a single day.
“This year, we anticipate matching our record 3.6 million multi-day passengers, which we reached for the first time during the 2011 cruise season, on fewer yet larger ships,” said Port Everglades Director Phil Allen. “A weekend with Allure and Oasis of the Seas is like five ships from three years ago in terms of passenger numbers.”
On Nov. 26, over Thanksgiving weekend, and on March 17, during the peak spring school vacation period, Port Everglades is projecting a record 55,000 passengers to travel through the port aboard eight cruise ships on each of those days.
Port Everglades already holds the world record for the highest number of passengers to travel through a cruise port in a single day. On Dec. 21, 2003, the port announced a first-time record with 44,108 passengers on 15 ships sailing in and out of the port in a single day. The port then set another record on Jan. 3, 2009, with 49,234 passengers on 11 ships. The most recent record was set on March 20, 2010, with 53,365 guests on nine cruise ships.
Twelve cruise lines and 45 cruise ships sail from the South Florida seaport this year, including Carnival Cruise Lines, Celebrity Cruises, Cunard Line, Holland America Line, ISE (Semester at Sea), MSC Cruises, P&O Cruises, Princess Cruises, Regent Seven Seas Cruises, Royal Caribbean International, Silversea Cruises and Seabourn. For more information, visit www.porteverglades.net.