Oceania Cruises' new luxury ship, the Oceania Riviera, arrived to PortMiami this morning. The cruise ship is the third in a series of new build ships arriving before the end of the year.
"The tourism industry is an important economic generator to Miami-Dade County," said Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez. "In 2011, cruise passenger and crew visits generated more than $2 billion to South Florida's economy. We welcome the growth of PortMiami's cruise business for the continual growth of our region's economy."
"The arrival of Oceania Riviera to PortMiami will add grace and beauty to our cruise line industry and serve as another economic engine to Miami-Dade County's tourism industry," said Miami-Dade County Commissioner Rebeca Sosa, who chairs the Economic Development and Social Services Committee that oversees the Port.
The Riviera, with its 15 decks, 1,250-person capacity, and select suites furnished in Ralph Lauren Home, debuted in May 2012 and will be sailing 10-, 11-, and 14-day cruises to Mexico, the Caribbean, and Europe out of Miami.
PortMiami, currently in the midst of its biggest expansion ever, including several capital improvement projects and the addition of three new cruise lines and five newbuild vessels, is very eager about the arrival of the Riviera.
"We are very pleased to welcome this new addition to the Port's luxury line of cruise ships," said Bill Johnson, Port Director. "After Regent's Navigator, which arrived earlier this month, the Riviera marks the second luxury ship joining the Port's fleet this season."
PortMiami also welcomed Mickey, Minnie, Goofy and Pluto earlier this week as Disney Cruise Line celebrated its new homeport with Caribbean sailings departing from Miami beginning on December 23rd, and the brand new Carnival Breeze – Carnival's newest and largest ship - arrived last week.
"By welcoming both luxury and family-oriented ships to Miami, PortMiami is doing a tremendous amount to spread the word about Miami as a destination," said Bill Talbert, President of the Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau.
PortMiami will continue to welcome and celebrate new ships and new itineraries through the end of December.
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.