BROWARD COUNTY — It was a sight to behold over the weekend at Port Everglades in Florida, which ushered in six cruise ships on Nov. 6 with passengers onboard.
As the first U.S. port to resume cruise service, back on June 26, 2021, Port Everglades almost looked like its pre-pandemic self over the weekend. The incoming ships on Nov. 6 included Celebrity Cruises’ Celebrity Edge and Celebrity Reflection, Princess Cruises’ Emerald Princess, Holland America Line’s Nieuw Amsterdam, Royal Caribbean’s Odyssey of the Seas, and Viking Cruises’ Viking Star.
“Six of our eight cruise terminals will be in use – it is not the Port’s record and the ships will not be filled to capacity but it will be a sight to behold and is a solid sign of recovery,” said Port Everglades Chief Executive and Port Director Jonathan Daniels. “We have gone from three cruise ships starting up in June and July, to more than 20 ships that will be sailing in November.”
The cruise industry traditionally accounts for approximately 40% of Port Everglades’ revenue. It is one of the three busiest cruise ports in the world, typically hosting nearly four million passengers annually.