PortMiami anticipates a flourishing cruise season with record-breaking passengers and sustainable initiatives
As the 2023-2024 cruise season kicks off, PortMiami is abuzz with excitement, welcoming an impressive lineup of eight new cruise ships and cementing its position as the thriving hub of the global cruise industry. The addition of these vessels not only signifies the port's robust resurgence but also underscores Miami-Dade's pivotal role in shaping the world of luxury cruising.
A glance at the new cruise fleet coming to PortMiami
PortMiami is set to host a series of remarkable new cruise ships, offering an unparalleled experience for travelers. The Scenic Eclipse II, Oceania Vista, and Carnival Cruise Line Costa Venezia will grace the port from October 2023.
Following suit, the Norwegian Cruise Line Norwegian VIVA, Crystal Cruises Serenity, and MSC Cruises Explora I will make their debut in November 2023. December 2023 will witness the inaugural sailings of Regent’s Seven Seas Grandeur, while the grandeur continues into January 2024 with the departure of Royal Caribbean Group's Icon of the Seas, the largest cruise ship globally.
With the reopening of regular cruise operations and schedules, PortMiami recently marked two of its most bustling cruise passenger days to date. This year, the port greeted 67,594 guests on April 9, exceeding the previous record of 58,984 visitors on February 12, 2023, representing a notable 12.7% surge.
Setting sail with sustainability
Amidst the fervor of welcoming new cruise ships, PortMiami is setting an industry precedent with its commitment to sustainable practices. In a bid to reduce air emissions, the port is finalizing its innovative Shore Power Program, a collaborative effort involving major cruise partners such as Royal Caribbean Group, Norwegian Cruise Line, Carnival Corporation, MSC Cruises, and Virgin Voyages, alongside Florida Power and Light Company. With this program, five cruise terminals will be equipped with shore power capability, allowing up to three ships to plug in simultaneously and switch off their primary engines while docked.
PortMiami is the nation’s busiest port, famously known as the Global Gateway for Cargo and World’s Cruise Capital. Its annual contribution to Miami-Dade County is over $43 billion. Visit www.portmiami.biz for more information.
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