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Ft Lauderdale To Become #1 Cruise Port By Volume

Sat Dec 01, 2007 7:06 am

...In a deal by Royal Caribbean to base its two new Genesis class ships here, beginning in mid-2009.


Port Everglades will be home to world's largest cruise ships
By Scott Wyman | South Florida Sun-Sentinel
December 1, 2007

Royal Caribbean has agreed to base both of its two new super-size cruise ships at Port Everglades year-round, ending months of competition for the business between the Broward County port and its Miami counterpart.

The Port of Miami has long been Royal Caribbean's base of operations in the region, but the deal creates a major, long-term partnership with Port Everglades by guaranteeing 17 million passengers over the next decade. Port Director Phil Allen said the deal will make Port Everglades the largest cruise port in the world. It currently ranks behind Miami and Port Canaveral directly east of Orlando. Each ship will carry up to 6,400 passengers and 2,000 crews members on weekly Caribbean voyages. The ships, called the Genesis class, are being built in Finland, and the first is expected to begin cruises from Port Everglades in mid-2009.

"It's one of those opportunities to create an image for the area," said Nicki Grossman, president of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau. "This is genuinely thousands of new visitors to Broward County. It's a big deal for Royal Caribbean and a big deal for Port Everglades."

The port will ask county commissioners to approve the deal Tuesday. An economic impact study done for the port estimated the ships will create 7,600 jobs, $344 million in personal income and $31.7 million in taxes each year. A spokesman for Royal Caribbean said the company viewed Port Everglades as a better choice than Miami because it offered "a little bit more in terms of servicing passengers and the development of the port." "Because Miami and Fort Lauderdale have such consistently pleasant weather, we always bring our newest and best hardware here so it was a matter of working with the particular ports in the area to see what we could offer them and they could offer us," Royal Caribbean spokesman Harrison Liu said.

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At $1.2 billion, the ships will be the world's most expensive to build, and they will dwarf current cruise ships. The largest cruise ship that now docks at Port Everglades carries 3,100 passengers, while the world's current largest, Royal Caribbean's Freedom of the Seas, holds 4,300.


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Awesome news.  thumbsup 

Great for the area, great for the airport. Hopefully this will further entice the true "overseas" carriers to bring service to FLL, and justify the need for an expanded international terminal / direct intermodal transport to the seaport.

If anything is a shot in the arm, this is it.
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RE: Ft Lauderdale To Become #1 Cruise Port By Volume

Sat Dec 01, 2007 7:39 am

Do you mean Port Everglades will carry more passengers than the port of Miami? That is surprising news, Sucks for those passengers. even though FLL might be considered nicer and easier connection to and from Port Everglades I must say the Port of Miami is a much nicer port. Bad news for the port of Miami. At least the ships are staying in South East Florida.
Miami area is known as the cruise ship capital of the world which it is since it has the two largest cruise ship ports in the world and the largest cruise lines in the world are all based in Miami.
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RE: Ft Lauderdale To Become #1 Cruise Port By Volume

Sat Dec 01, 2007 4:23 pm



Quoting FlyMIA (Reply 1):
even though FLL might be considered nicer and easier connection to and from Port Everglades I must say the Port of Miami is a much nicer port.

I will agree that the Port of Miami has much more scenery to view before embarkation/debarkation, including the (now) magnificent Miami skyline, the man-made islands just north of the Macarthur Causeway, and the South Pointe area of South Beach...

However, when it comes to the port itself, the article later states that Royal Caribbean will be footing the bill (through a passenger surcharge) to renovate an existing Port Everglades terminal at about a cost of $37 million...Which I imagine can go a pretty far way.

They'll need it if they intend on servicing 6,400 passengers a pop.  Wow!
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RE: Ft Lauderdale To Become #1 Cruise Port By Volume

Sat Dec 01, 2007 9:56 pm



Quoting KFLLCFII (Reply 2):
However, when it comes to the port itself, the article later states that Royal Caribbean will be footing the bill (through a passenger surcharge) to renovate an existing Port Everglades terminal at about a cost of $37 million...Which I imagine can go a pretty far way.

Well glad to here they are going to improve the port. But 37 million cant do a whole lot. It will help. But its sad to know the the two largest Royal Caribbean Ships are not going to be in front of the 3rd largest skyline in the US 18th in the World. Port of Miami Location is amazing compared to Port Everglades. But in the end I guess it all comes to money.
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