MIAMI – Miami port officials say more than 4 million cruise passengers used the facility in the most recent fiscal year, cementing its status as the world’s busiest cruise port.
PortMiami Director Bill Johnson said this week that the port added new two new cruise brands, Regent Seven Seas Cruises and Disney Cruise Line. Three newly-built ships also began calling the port home during the fiscal year that ended Sept. 30.
Johnson says two more new ships will sail beginning in 2014 from the port of Miami. It’s estimated that more than 5 million cruise passengers will use the port in the coming fiscal year.
Officials say the port of Miami contributes about $27 billion annually to the Florida economy and supports more than 200,000 jobs.
The port of Tampa had 487,000 embarkations in 2012, the Cruse Line International Association reported, which amounts to about 974,000 passenger movements in Tampa.