PortMiami which is the cruise capital of the world has had the best performance in its history with a huge cruise passenger increase.
PortMiami Records Best Performance in its History
PortMiami which no doubt many readers have cruised out of has the best performance in its history during a 12-month period ending at the end of September 2019. The port had a 22% increase in cruise passengers bringing the total to 6,824,000 which is an all-time high and beyond the year before. Even the cargo operations had a 3.4% gain.
Chairwoman of the Tourism and the Ports Committee Rebeca Sosa said:
“PortMiami’s development wouldn’t be possible without its dedicated partners including the cruise and cargo lines, the U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Biscayne Bay Pilots, International Longshoremen’s Associations’ Locals 1416 and 1922, Miami-Dade Police and Fire Departments, among so many others.”
“New facilities, including cruise terminals and berths are in the works to accommodate the industry’s new generation of vessels. I am so proud of PortMiami, what it has accomplished, and where it’s heading.”
The growth is thanks to the expansion of cruise operations including the new Royal Caribbean Cruise Terminal A which welcomed the largest cruise ship in the world Symphony of the Seas.
The port also welcomed Norwegian Bliss operated by Norwegian Cruise Line and Carnival Cruise Line brought Carnival Horizon to the cruise capital of the world. New vessels from Viking Cruises have been based out of Miami along with the MSC Armonia from the fast-growing MSC Cruises.
Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez said:
“The strong performance at PortMiami, one of Miami-Dade County’s main economic engines, is great news for our community.”
“The growth figures confirm our role as a leading global gateway and demonstrate the continuing draw of the Port. I am proud of what we’ve been able to accomplish. I want to thank our cruise and cargo partners for working with PortMiami’s Director and CEO Juan M. Kuryla and his team on extending their business relationships. I will continue to work with the Port and its partners on additional opportunities. Everybody stands to gain from sustainable growth at our seaport.”
The future looks even bigger with NCL currently constructing its new futuristic terminal, Carnival planning an upgrade to one of its terminals, a new Virgin Voyages terminal and a new double berth MSC terminal facility. With new expanded partnerships and deals for the port, there is an anticipated economic impact of about $7.8 billion and around a total of 27,500 jobs.
There are big things ahead for the cruise capital of the world and Cruise Hive will be here to keep everyone updated.