The Cruise Lines International Association CLIA report demonstrates the strength of the cruise industry as an economic generator in the State of Florida. The cruise industry contributes $6.7 billion to the state's economy and supports more than 130,000 jobs.
PortMiami, the world's busiest cruise port, has an economic impact totaling more than $18 billion with a significant portion generated by the cruise industry.
PortMiami's cruise traffic has totaled more than 4 million passengers annually for the past four years, more than any other Port in the world.
"PortMiami has experienced strong cruise traffic over the last several years surpassing the 4 million passenger mark even during the economic downturn," said Bill Johnson, PortMiami Director. "We look forward to continued strong growth over the next year with the arrival of three new cruise brands that will homeport here."
This fall, two new cruise lines, the Disney Cruise Line and Regent Seven Seas Cruises, will begin sailing from PortMiami. In the fall of 2013, MSC Cruises joins the fleet.
Additionally, Johnson said the Port will welcome three new build ships this fall. Arriving for the 2012-2013 cruise season are some of the world's newest ships: the Carnival Breeze, the Celebrity Reflection and Oceania Riviera. Next year MSC will bring its newest ship, the MSC Divina and in 2014, the Port will welcome another new build, the Norwegian Getaway.
"As the Cruise Capital of the World, PortMiami is proud of its long history in partnership with the cruise industry," said Johnson, who chairs the Florida Ports Council, which represents Florida's 15 deep-water ports. "We look forward to strong future growth of the cruise industry throughout the State of Florida."
PortMiami is among America's busiest ports and recognized across the globe with the dual distinction of being the Cruise Capital of the World and the Cargo Gateway of the Americas. PortMiami contributes more than $18 billion annually to the South Florida economy and helps provide direct and indirect employment for more than 180,000.