Based on the most recent figures, the top 3 cruise ports in the world for passenger traffic are PortMiami in South Florida, Miami-Dade county, Port Canaveral in Central Florida, Brevard county, and Port Everglades in South Florida, Broward county.
The number of passengers for fiscal year ending September 30, 2012 transiting through the top 3 cruise ports are: 3,774,452 – PortMiami, 3,761,056 – Port Canaveral, 3,689,000 – Port Everglades.
Director of PortMiami and Chairman of the Florida Ports Council, Bill Johnson, said, “The good news is that the cruise business at the three major Florida ports is healthy and that the three of us are within a few thousand passengers of each other.”
Canaveral Port Authority Chairman, Bruce Deardoff, has said, “Not only do the profits allow us to grow the port, creating thousands of construction jobs and permanent jobs, it also puts heads in our hotels and rears in chairs in our restaurants.”
Based on an economic impact study performed by Martin Associates, a team of economic analysts and transportation consultants, with a view towards current passenger traffic and seaport facility improvements and construction projects, the following is anticipated for the top 3 seaports:
• Jobs generated (direct and indirect): PortMiami – 1,847, Port Canaveral – 1,482, and Port Everglades – 6,062.
• Direct business (businesses providing cargo handling, vessel service, and other services associated to the projected cruise activities) sales revenue – 1.1 billion annually.
• State and local taxes projected to be generated associated with the projected cruise activities – 35 million annually.
PortMiami serves as the port of departure for 14 cruise lines including, but not limited to, cruise ships owned or operated by Carnival Cruise Lines, Celebration Cruises, Costa Cruise Lines, Crystal Cruises Disney Cruise Lines, Oceania Cruises, Norwegian Cruise Lines, and Royal Caribbean Cruise International.
Port Canaveral serves as the port of departure for cruise ships owned or operated by Carnival Cruise Lines, Disney Cruise Lines, and Royal Caribbean Cruise International. Its proximity to Disney World and its related attractions is a feeder to the cruise traffic.
Port Everglades serves as the port of departure for cruise ships owned or operated by Carnival Cruise Lines, Celebrity Cruises, Costa Cruise Lines, Crystal Cruises, Discover Island Cruises, Cunard Line, Holland American Lines, Premier Cruises, Princess Cruises, and Royal Caribbean Cruise International.
The cruise industry is good for the economy of Florida and projections are it will be a positive contributor for the foreseeable future.
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