PortMiami, the Cruise Capital of the World, broke another world record processing nearly 4.8 million multi-day cruise passengers in the fiscal year ending Sept. 30.
FY 2014 cruise statistics
Multi-day passengers: 4.77 Million
Daily passengers: 167,000
Total cruise brands: 13
Total ships: 32
In the 2014 cruise season MSC Cruises began sailing one of its newest ships, MSC Divina. Additionally, PortMiami welcomed Norwegian Cruise Line’s newest ship, the Norwegian Getaway. PortMiami’s cruise future looks even brighter.
New for 2015 is the arrival of Norwegian Cruise Line’s 4,300-passenger new-build ship, the Norwegian Escape. The Escape will sail year-round from PortMiami beginning November 2015.
Many of PortMiami’s current cruise partners also are expanding their Miami fleets. Carnival Cruise Lines’ Carnival Splendor recently started sailing yearround from Miami. Aida Cruise Line also is adding three cruise ships to its lineup, Aida Mar, Aida Vita and the Aida Diva.
Additionally, Costa Cruises will introduce a second seasonal vessel to Miami, the Costa Mediterranea.
“Cruise passengers are essential to the continual growth and development of the tourism industry in Miami-Dade County,” said Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez.
“Cruise passengers contribute millions of dollars to our local economy annually including air travel, hotel nights, entertainment and shopping,” the mayor added.
“PortMiami offers passengers enticing vacations for every taste and budget,” said port director Juan M. Kuryla. “Additionally, our facilities are the most modern in the world. We want passengers to begin their vacation experience the minute they arrive to our port. PortMiami’s No. 1 priority is our customer.”
For Fiscal Year 2015, PortMiami will service 34 ships and 15 different cruise brands, including: Aida Cruises, Azamara Club Cruises, Carnival Cruise Lines, Celebrity Cruises, Costa Cruises, Crystal Cruises, Disney Cruise Line, Hapag-Lloyd Cruises, MSC Cruises, Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises, P&O Cruises, Regent Seven Seas Cruises, Resorts World Bimini and Royal Caribbean International.
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