(Miami-Dade County, Florida) – PortMiami Director Bill Johnson welcomed the captain and crew of the Disney Wonder to the ship’s inaugural cruising season with a plaque exchange ceremony aboard the ship on January 10.
The traditional maritime ceremony provided the opportunity to celebrate PortMiami’s new status as the Disney line's first homeport in South Florida.
"We are very happy to be welcoming such a lovely ship and great new cruise brand to PortMiami’s fleet. Disney Cruise Line is truly family -- and community-friendly, and we couldn’t be more proud to have them join the PortMiami community and Miami-Dade County," Johnson said.
Disney Cruise Line Captain Thord Haugen praised his new homeport stating, "We are excited to be sailing from South Florida for the first time. Miami is an iconic port of call, recognized for its exciting blend of cultural influences, and is very appealing to our guests. While in port, families can enjoy vibrant regional cuisine, pastel skyscrapers, South Beach and eclectic shopping."
Disney Cruise Line will sail from PortMiami on a variety of four- and five-night itineraries to the Bahamas and Western Caribbean throughout the 2013 cruise season. Ports of call include Cozumel, Mexico; Grand Cayman; Key West; Nassau, Bahamas, and Disney’s private island, Castaway Cay.
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.