Ships in Miami (photo: Antonio Silva)PortMiami broke another world record processing approximately 4.8 million multi-day cruise passengers in the fiscal year ending September 30, 2014.

In the 2014 cruise season MSC Cruises began sailing one of its newest ships, MSC Divina.  Additionally, PortMiami welcomed Norwegian Cruise Line’s newest ship, the Norwegian Getaway.  PortMiami’s cruise future looks even brighter.

New for 2015 is the arrival of Norwegian Cruise Line’s 4,300 passenger new-build ship, the Norwegian Escape. The Escape will sail year-round from PortMiami beginning November 2015.

Many of PortMiami’s current cruise partners are also expanding their Miami fleets.  Carnival Cruise Lines’ Carnival Splendor recently started sailing year-round from Miami. Aida Cruise Line is also adding three cruise ships to its line-up, Aida Mar, Aida Vita and the Aida Diva.  Additionally, Costa Cruises will introduce a second seasonal vessel to Miami, the Costa Mediterranea.

FY 2014 Cruise Statistics:

Multi-day passengers: 4.77 Million
Daily passengers:       167,000
Total Cruise Brands:   13
Total ships:               32

“Cruise passengers are essential to the continual growth and development of the tourism industry in Miami-Dade County,” said Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez.  “Cruise passengers contribute millions of dollars to our local economy annually including air travel, hotel nights, entertainment and shopping.”

“PortMiami offers passengers enticing vacations for every taste and budget,” said Port Director Juan M. Kuryla.  “Additionally, our facilities are the most modern in the world. We want passengers to begin their vacation experience the minute they arrive to our Port. PortMiami’s  number one priority is our customer.”

For Fiscal Year 2015, PortMiami will service 34 ships and 15 different cruise brands, including: Aida Cruises, Azamara Club Cruises, Carnival Cruise Lines, Celebrity Cruises, Costa Cruises, Crystal Cruises, Disney Cruise Line, Hapag-Lloyd Cruises, MSC Cruises, Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises, P&O Cruises, Regent Seven Seas Cruises, Resorts World Bimini, and Royal Caribbean International.