PortMiami, the Cruise Capital of the World, continues to expand as the world’s leading cruise port. In 2015, PortMiami processed nearly 4.9 million multi-day passengers—more than any other port in the world. PortMiami is experiencing another exceptionally strong cruise season. Miami is excited to welcome some new build ships. New for the 2015-16 cruise season is the arrival of Norwegian Cruise Line’s new build ship, the Norwegian Escape.
Also, PortMiami will be the year-round homeport for Carnival Cruise Line’s largest ship to date, the Carnival Vista, when it launches in winter 2016. In addition, MSC Cruises’ first of its “Seaside” class of ships, the MSC Seaside will also homeport year-round from PortMiami starting in winter 2017 and Royal Caribbean’s Enchantment of the Seas will sail year-round while Navigator of the Seas will alternate five-night and nine-night cruises in the 2016-2017 cruise season.
Furthermore, for the 2015 cruise season, many of PortMiami’s current cruise partners are expanding their Miami fleets. The Port welcomed Carnival Cruise Lines’ Carnival Splendor joining four cruise ships that sail year-round from the Port; Aida Cruise Line also added two cruise ships to its PortMiami line-up, Aida Mar and Aida Vita.
PortMiami’s cruise facilities are the most modern in the world, providing easy passenger boarding and departure. Drive-in passengers can opt for convenient on-port parking with special arrangements for travelers with disabilities. Passengers arriving by taxi, shuttle bus or limousine, drop off is directly located in front of each terminal and entryways are designed for a quick and easy check-in and boarding process.
With 18 cruise brands berthing 42 ships PortMiami is clearly the departure destination of choice for cruises to the Bahamas, the Caribbean, Mexico and beyond, offering cruise vacations for every taste and budget — from family fun to luxury cruising.
Another major development for the Port of Miami is the Port of Miami Deep Dredge project that will allow Super Post Panamax Megaships to enter the United States after the completion of the Panama Canal expansion in 2014. The ports of Norfolk, New York and Baltimore have deepened their ports to the required 50 feet.
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