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The Cruise Capital of the World gets ready for a record 52,000 travelers

MIAMI ( December 07, 2018 )

PortMiami is kicking off the 2018-2019 cruise season welcoming an estimated 52,000 cruise passengers on Sunday, Dec. 9, 2018. This sets a one-day record for passenger traffic at PortMiami.

PortMiami’s team -- from safety and security, operations, maintenance and customer service to other industry partners -- is ready to welcome travelers from all over to the Cruise Capital of the World.  All operations are in place to handle nine of the industry’s most modern and innovative cruise vessels.

 PortMiami will be welcoming the following cruise vessels:

  1. Carnival Cruise Lines Carnival Horizon
  2. Carnival Cruise Lines Carnival Magic
  3. Disney Cruise Line Disney Magic
  4. FRS Caribbean San Gwann
  5. MSC Cruises MSC Divina
  6. Norwegian Cruise Line Norwegian Getaway
  7. Oceania Cruises Oceania Riviera
  8. Royal Caribbean International Empress of the Seas
  9. Royal Caribbean International Allure of the Seas

"It's definitely a busy time for PortMiami,” said Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez. "I want to welcome all cruise visitors to Miami-Dade County and encourage them to explore all that our community has to offer. Cruise passengers are essential to the continued growth and development of the tourism industry in Miami-Dade and contribute millions of dollars to our local economy annually. That includes air travel, hotel nights, entertainment and shopping. I want to thank the more than 52,000 passengers we’re expecting this Sunday for selecting Miami as a destination.”

"PortMiami is home to the world's most renowned cruise lines,” said Chairwoman of the Economic Development and Tourism Committee Rebeca Sosa. “Last year the Cruise Capital of the World handled more than 5.6 million cruise passengers, welcoming each and every one with open arms and a smile. We’re more than ready for the 2018-2019 cruise season!”

PortMiami officials attribute the growth to expanded business opportunities. In 2018, Royal Caribbean International added sailings to the Empress of the Seas and welcomed the newly renovated Mariner of the Seas.  Oceania Cruises and Disney Cruise Line extended their winter seasons. The Port also welcomed three new cruise lines -- Viking Ocean Cruises, Victory Cruise Lines, and Seabourn. Additionally, it welcomed Carnival Cruise Line’s Carnival Magic and its new-build vessel, the Carnival Horizon.  MSC also introduced its new-build vessel, the MSC Seaside, to the port’s line-up.