PortMiami, the Cruise Capital of the World, set a world record for cruise passengers in 2016 when almost 5 million cruise passengers past through the port last year.
The 4.98 million cruise passengers in 2016 was an increase of 1.5% over 2015, setting a world record for passengers in a year. PortMiami is the global headquarters for Carnival Cruise Line, Norwegian Cruise Line, Royal Caribbean, Oceania Cruises, and Regent Seven Seas Cruises.
However, don’t expect that record to last very long. Royal Caribbean and MSC Cruises have recently announced plans to bring some of the world’s largest cruise ships to PortMiami.
Royal Caribbean announced a plan last year to build a world class cruise terminal in Miami that will be able to accommodate the largest class of cruise ships in the world, the 225,000 gross ton Oasis class.
MSC Cruises just announced last week that they plan on basing three of their largest and newest cruise ships in PortMiami starting in 2019. MSC currently has one cruise ship (MSC Divina) based in Miami and will add a second ship, MSC Seaside, in December of this year. A third ship, a Meraviglia class ship, will join these two ships in 2019.
Eighteen different cruise brands sail out of PortMiami berthing 42 cruise ships each year.
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