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  • Rich Thomaselli | April 14, 2016 3:10 PM ET

    Port Everglades is Big … And About To Get Bigger

    Port Everglades is Big … And About To Get Bigger

    PHOTO: Port Everglades. (Courtesy Thinkstock)

    Question – Where can you find more than 50,000 people in one spot? A sporting event? Of course. Religious service, political rally, musical concert? Check, check, check.

    How about a cruise port?

    Well it’s true.

    Last month, Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., drew more than 54,000 cruise passengers on a single day, a new record for the world’s second-biggest port.

    With spring break in full swing, Sunday, March 13 turned out to be boffo box office business. Eight different ships were in port on that morning – Carnival Cruise Line's Carnival Conquest, Celebrity Cruises' Celebrity Silhouette, Holland America Line's Eurodam and Nieuw Amsterdam, Princess Cruises' Regal Princess and Royal Princess, and Royal Caribbean International's Allure of the Seas and Navigator of the Seas.

    Together, they carried 54,700 passengers out to sea later that day.

    And, it’s only going to get bigger.

    Later this year, Port Everglades will receive two new ships – the 2,650-passenger ms Koningsdam and the world’s largest ship, the 5,497-passenger Harmony of the Seas from Royal Caribbean.

    Talk about record-setting!

    Harmony of the Seas will pull into Port Everglades on Nov. 5 and turn right around for a three-night cruise to Nassau. When that ends, the big boat will begin weekly itineraries, alternating between eastern and western Caribbean routes.

    The Koningsdam docks at Port Everglades on Nov. 9 and turns out for a four-night cruise to the Bahamas. Thereafter, it will have different itineraries and different sailing lengths as well.

    All this is par for the course, of course, at Port Everglades. We are more than just a cruise port; we are a $28 billion port for cruise ships, international trade, and is the leading container port in Florida and among the most active cargo ports in the United States.

    And, Port Everglades is South Florida’s main seaport for receiving petroleum products, including gasoline and jet fuel.


    And getting bigger.


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Rich Thomaselli Port Everglades

Rich Thomaselli Rich Thomaselli is a longtime journalist with 27 years experience in newspapers, magazines and digital media. He is a nine-time individual award-winning writer and was also a staff writer at several publications that earned national recognition as well, including Advertising Age winning a ‘Best in Business’ designation from the Society of American Business Editors and Writers in 2007. He previously covered the travel sector for Ad Age, among other beats, from 2001-2013. Rich is married with two children. He will be based in New York. You can reach him at and contact him on Twitter @RichTravelPulse.
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