Carnival Corporation which operates major cruise lines like Carnival Cruise Line, Holland America Line and Princess Cruises extends its contract with Port Everglades in Florida.
The cruise company signed an addendum to one of its most strategic passenger terminal agreements. The contract with one of the world’s top 3 cruise ports is extended to 2030. The original agreement was signed in 2010.
Carnival Corp ships will have preferential use of Cruise Terminal 4, which reopened last year after $24 million worth of renovations and upgrades designed for greater efficiency and guest convenience. To cater for larger ships the terminal 4 is also getting an estimated $13.6 million slip extension which is scheduled to be completed in mid-2017.
Steve Cernak, chief executive and port director of Port Everglades said:
“Carnival Corporation is a critical Port Everglades partner, and its many unique cruise line brands offer guests sailing into and out of our port with a wide variety of cruise experiences and itineraries.”
“Carnival Corporation has a strong, long-standing presence in the Broward County community, and the additional five years included in the agreement reinforces that commitment. We look forward to welcoming the newest member of Holland America Line’s fleet, ms Koningsdam, to our sunny shores in November.”
Giora Israel, senior vice president of global port and destination development for Carnival Corporation said:
“Florida is the largest cruise market in the world, and we are thrilled to extend our agreement with Port Everglades, which is an extremely convenient and popular location for our guests with close proximity to Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport and the Caribbean, the world’s most popular region for cruise vacations.”
“We place great value on the long and successful relationship we have built with the port andBroward County, and we look forward to working together to meet our most important goal — providing memorable vacation experiences for our guests for many years to come.”
As part of the long-term agreement, the company also has preferential use of three additional terminals, Cruise Terminals 2, 21 and 26, along with one additional terminal. This provides five terminals in total for Carnival Corporation to serve its guests who visit Fort Lauderdale as part of their cruise vacation.
Port Everglades and Carnival Corporation will be engaging in discussions about the possibility of further upgrades to Terminal 21. This will be for the latest and future cruise ships that will homeport there. Carnival Cruise Line will be deploying the Carnival Splendor to the port for Summer 2017 as part of its commitment.
The cruise company has 10 cruise lines calling at Port Everglades, they carry nearly a million and a half passengers each year. 28 different ships account for a combined average of more than 300 calls at the port each year.