Port Everglades, in Fort Lauderdale, has reopened four cruise terminals following a $54 million renovation and expansion project.
Port Everglades welcomes more than 3.6 million passengers each year, and homeports more cruise ships than any other cruise port.
Twelve cruise lines and 42 cruise ships sail from the South Florida seaport including: Balearia’s Bahamas Express, Carnival Cruise Lines, Celebrity Cruises, Cunard, Hapag-Lloyd Cruises, Holland America Line, MSC Cruises, P&O Cruises, Princess Cruises, Royal Caribbean International, Silversea Cruises and Seabourn.
In Broward County, where the port is located, the cruise industry accounts for nearly 12,000 jobs and contributes $1.8 billion in local economic activity each year, officials said.
Port Everglades committed to modernizing the terminals as part of an agreement, finalized in April 2010, between Carnival Corp., which operates 10 cruise brands, and the Broward County Board of County Commissioners.
The agreement called for a minimum of 25.5 million cruise guests from multiple Carnival brands to sail to and from Port Everglades over the initial 15-year term, which will potentially produce nearly $500 million in port revenue.