Port Everglades (Fort Lauderdale’s cruise port) is a major seaport located in Broward County, Florida USA. The port is one of Florida's largest economic centers, and South Florida's gateway for both international cargo and cruise passenger shipping traffic.
Port Everglades is one of the USA's main cruise departure (turnaround) ports for Caribbean round-trip itineraries. Fort Lauderdale is located approx 50 km (30 ml) from Miami.
Fort Lauderdale cruise port
Port Everglades' cruise ship tourism related operations have a total economic value of almost USD 30 billion per year. On average, each cruise vessel generates approx USD 2,2 million in revenue for the local businesses.
Port Everglades is South Florida's main seaport for importing, storage and distribution of petroleum products and alternative fuels. The waterway's depth is 43 ft (13 m), ranking it as USA's deepest seaport on the Atlantic coast (south of Norfolk VA, not on the US East Coast in general). The port's annual total value is nearly USD 15,3 billion, and is accounted for approx 160,000 jobs (related to its bussiness), including around 11,400 jobs in companies directly providing services to the port.
Cruise port's statistics for season 2014-2015 showed that:
- approx 50% of all cruise ship passengers were US East Coast residents. Of all international pax, most were those flying from Toronto, Canada.
- 62% of all cruise passengers (pax) stayed in South Florida overnight (prior to departure), 21% stayed overnight after the cruise, and 46% stayed in hotels in Fort Lauderdale.
- 51% of all pax had a Fort Lauderdale hotel booked (prior to departure).
- 21% of all pax arrived from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (conveniently located next to the cruise port).
- 31% of all pax booked cruises online (through the port's website).
- 63% of all pax flying in Ft Lauderdale booked the cruise separately from the airfare.
- The average age of once a year cruising tourists was 55-64 yo, while twice a year cruising tourists were 65-74 yo.
- In 2014, the port generated over USD 28 billion and was accounted for over 224,000 jobs throughout Florida.
- In 2015, the cruise port was ranked world's 3rd busiest for handling 877 ship calls and over 3,4 million cruise ship tourists.
In 2016, Port Everglades handled almost 3,9 million passengers served by 9 different cruise lines with a total of 39 different vessels.
- Among the cruise port's new technology implementations are new CBP programs ("US Customs and Border Protection"), including the "Global Entry" program (allowing expedited clearance for pre-approved, low-risk travelers upon arrival in the USA) and the MPC ("Mobile Passport Control", authorized smartphone app to expedite a traveler’s entry process into the USA). Port Everglades is the ever first seaport offering this app. Travelers can use the MPC app to provide biographic info prior to speaking with a Customs officer. Since summer 2015, the port gives preferential processing to cruise passengers with Global Entry cards.
- In 2016, the cruise port completed pilot testing of APC kiosks (abbrev "Automated Passport Control") in 2 terminals. This is yet another CBP initiative to fasten the passenger inspection process.
- In 2017, the port's "Navigation Improvements Project" received federal authorization for the US Army Corps of Engineers to dredge (deepen and widen) its navigational channels The project is anticipated to create around 2200 construction jobs plus around 1500 permanent local jobs as result of the increased cargo shipping traffic.
On November 4, 2016, the world's largest cruise ships (Royal Caribbean's three Oasis-class vessels Allure, Oasis and Harmony) came together off Port Everglades for the first time. Carrying together over 16,000 passengers, the three liners joined up to celebrate the USA-homeporting of Harmony of the Seas (the newest Oasis ship) in Fort Lauderdale. Of the three ships, Harmony is the newest but also the biggets - even though by only 1 foot (30 cm) and 1700 tons. Harmony was finishing her inaugural Transatlantic repositioning crossing.
Following President Donald Trump's executive order on immigration, in the end of January 2017 Port Everglades officials reported cruise passengers being detained by US Customs and Border Protection. All detainees had to provide background info about them, their families and also their past life in their native countries. The new President's order was signed on Jan 27, and included a 90-day ban on travel to the USA by citizens of Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia and Yemen.
Starting December 22, 2017 (through April 2018), HAL Holland America Line (Carnival Corporation brand) scheduled cruises to Cuba roundtrip from Port Everglades on the liner MS Veendam. HAL's 7-, 11-and 12-days long Cuban itineraries from Fort Lauderdale also visited other Caribbean ports. HAL's prices started from USD 900 per person (double occupancy inside cabin rates). Bookings opened on May 26, 2017.
The 210-passenger ship Pearl Mist was the ever first to operate roundtrip Fort Lauderdale to Cuba cruises with 10-day itineraries (January through April 2017).
As container shipping (cargo) port, in 2013 Port Everglades was ranked Florida's 1st and USA's 10th busiest, handling over 1 million TEUs.
In 2015, the port received its LEED certification (abbrev "Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design") for Cruise Terminal 4. Following a renovation project, Terminal 4 received major energy-efficient improvements. The features that made the Terminal 4 cruise facility eligible for LEED certification includes:
- use of regionally produced materials (within 500 ml / 800 km of the terminal)
- use of recycled asphalt and concrete in construction works
- use of natural light within the building
- use of low VOC products (abbrev "volatile organic compounds") for coating, flooring, paints, adhesives
- low-water usage toilets
- energy-efficient windows, air-conditioning, lighting (inside / outside)
In June 2017, the port invested USD 38,4 million for purchasing 3 container-handling gantry cranes (serving the world's largest Super Post-Panamax container ships) priced USD 13,8 million each. This class of cargo vessels can carry up to 10,500 TEU containers each. Port Everglades' capacity improvements project was budgeted USD 437,5 million, and included construction of new berths (for larger cargo vessels) and installing a new rail infrastructure for new gantry cranes.
For FY17 (fiscal year 2017 / ending on September 30) Port Everglades reported increased cruise passenger shipping volumes as well as a record year for container shipping volumes.
- In 2017 it handled a total of 1,076893 million TEUs (containers) or an increase of 4% over FY16. The last record year was FY15 (1,060507 million TEUs).
- Petroleum shipping volumes (FY17 over FY16) increased by 1% - from 121,068561 million to 122,267524 million barrels.
- There was also an increase in reefer volumes (refrigerated containers) carrying produce from Central America. This containerized cargo segment represents over 50% of all perishable cargoes shipped to Florida. The other major containerized import cargoes are apparel, tiles, beverages, machinery, auto parts.
- The increase in passenger shipping numbers (FY17 over FY16) was 1% as the port handled a total of 3,863662 million pax. Multi-day cruise ship tourists increased by 2% (3,680549 to 3,738252 million pax). Among the largest newcomers in 2017 were the liners Harmony of the Seas (RCI) and MS Koningsdam (HAL).
- The port's FY17 operating revenue was USD 163 million. The port's total economic value was nearly USD 30 billion, with over 222,000 local (Florida) jobs impacted, of which around 13,000 employed by companies providing direct services to the employed port.
Highlights: Beaches, Everglades, Inter coastal waterway
Fort Lauderdale cruise terminal
The northern part of Port Everglades is called Northport (with terminals 2 and 4). The cruise port's central area is called Midport (with terminals 18, 19, 21, 25, 26, 29). All the port's cruise ship terminals are located in the Hollywood Harbor.
Northport Cruise Terminals
Both Northport cruise ship terminals are provided with standard services and amenities, such as disabled access, check-in desks, full-served A/C, free seating areas, baggage handling area. These terminals are utilizied by MSC Cruises (Terminal 4) and Princess Crusies (Terminal 2).
Port Everglades’ "Northport Terminal 2" and "Northport Terminal 4" share a car parking at multi-storey garage with capacity thousands of cars. Parking prices are USD 15 daily.
Cruise Terminal 2 (Princess Cruises)
On November 10, 2017, Carnival Corporation completed Cruise Terminal 2's reconstruction and upgrade. This facility is used exclusively by Princess Cruises ships.
- Following the modernization, the terminal now features an optimized design, interactive experiences, indoor movie theater, re-designed pre-embarkation area.
- The project also included adding Carnival's xIoT network (serving the Ocean Medallion gadgets) which allows passengers on Medallion-equipped vessels expedited boarding (as soon as they enter the facility). The new interactive experience includes personal "Ocean Tagalongs" (serving as guests' digital avatars) displayed on a large LED screen surrounding the "Ocean Portal" (where passengers enter after security clearance and check-in). Ocean Tagalongs are created and personalized via the SocialOcean mobile app.
- The refurbished Terminal 2 now has Carnival's MedallionNet - top-quality Wi-Fi connectivity service.
- Regal Princess was the first cruise ship departing from the modernized Terminal 2 on NOvember 13, 2017.
Midport Cruise Terminals
All cruise terminals at Midporth provide usual facilities like disabled access, luggage handling, free areas for seating, automated gangway bridge (for passenger embarkation/disembarkation), restrooms, vending machines.
- Port Everglades’ Midporth Terminal 18 has a large car parking. Midporth Terminals 19 through 29 all offer parking at the Midport’s garage.
- Terminal 18 and Terminal 29 are utilized by various cruise ship companies and operators.
- Exclusive cruise terminals are: Terminal 26 (Holland America Line), Terminal 21 (Carnival Cruise Line), Terminal 19 (Princess Cruises), Terminal 25 (Royal Caribbean / RCCL lines).
There are also plans for future using of the port's Terminal 29. By the signed agreement, Carnival Corporation ships will use exclusively the facilities on cruise terminals 2, 21 and 26. By the previously signed 15-year agreement (1995-2010), Port Everglades invested over USD 54 million in facility renovations and infrastructure improvements to the 4 terminals. Among the enhancements made were 2 new mobile passenger bridges, separate (enlarged) baggage storage facilities, improved ground transportation.
In early June 2017 was announced that Port Everglades invests over USD 114 million in Terminal 25's renovations. This is preferential berth for RCCL / Royal Caribbean ships. The new agreement's period is until 2026, with optional extention until 2030, followed by additional 5 years.
Royal Caribbean International, which owns Celebrity Cruises, introduces Celebrity Edge at the port on December 16, 2018. The project includes an expanded luggage area, VIP reception area as well as other upgrades.
Northport Cruise Terminal 4
Northport Terminal 4 was reopened in 2015 following an USD 24 million renovation and modernization project for greater efficiency and passenger convenience.
- In mid 2017 were completed the works on Cruise Terminal 4's extensions (project cost USD 13,6 million) which allows now docking of larger vessels.
- In August 2016, the port signed with Carnival Corporation an extension to their agreement to the year 2030. Plans for Cruise Terminal 21's expansion were included. The renovation and extension allow handling of larger-sized (including Carnival's newest) vessels. As part of the addendum, Carnival Corporation receives preferential use of Terminal 4.
- Since October 2017, larger cruise liners (LOA length up to 1100 ft / 335 m) can dock at Cruise Terminal 4 without extending into the ICW (Intracoastal Waterway - 3000 ml / 4800 km long inland waterway along USA's Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico coasts). The USD 18 million "Slip 2" project lengthened the slip from 900 ft (274 m) to 1125 ft (343 m). The extended berth now meets the needs of most modern cruise vessels, many of which were for the first time homeported in Port Everglades in 2017. For the slip extension project the port didn't use local taxes.
Port Everglades is a major turnaround port, so it is good at getting cruise passengers in and out efficiently. The port is very busy. Following the arrival of Celebrity Edge to Port Everglades, the new ship of Holland America, ms Nieuw Statendam, makes its debut at the port on December 19, 2018.
Fort Lauderdale tours, shore excursions, hotels
City Tours and Shore Excursions
- Riverwalk – there is a really nice riverwalk located in the heart of Fort Lauderdale Port, whose paved path hugs the vast banks of New River in Fort Lauderdale.
- Stranahan House – the earliest Fort Lauderdale’s residence, which was built by the “father of Fort Lauderdale,” Frank Stranahan and his wife Ivy Stranahan in 1901.
- Fort Lauderdale History Center – the center was built with the main purpose to gather, interpret and look after the Forth Lauderdale’s history.
- Bonnet House Museum And Gardens – the house and its gardens were built in 1920s by a Chicago artist, Frederick Clay Bartlett as the perfect winter residence to get away from the northern chill.
- Forth Lauderdale’s South Beach Park – this is the nearest beach downtown. This beach is lifeguard monitored and is unique with its borders of artistic whitewashed wall and paved promenade.
Hotels near Fort Lauderdale cruise port terminal
The most booked hotel chains near Port Everglades cruise port that passengers book for overnight stays (prior and / or after the cruise) are:
- Rodeway Inn and Suites (budget-priced hotel chain, USA and Canada)
- Holiday Inn (US brand, subsidiary of InterContinental Hotels Group)
Port Fort Lauderdale cruise ship schedule shows timetable calendars of all arrival and departure dates by month. The port's schedule lists all ships (in links) with cruises going to or leaving from Fort Lauderdale, Port Everglades, Florida. To see the full itineraries (ports of call dates and arrival / departure times) and their lowest rates – just follow the corresponding ship-link.
The Fort Lauderdale cruise port map is interactive. It shows the port's exact location, along with the real-time cruise ship traffic (if any) in its vicinity - today, and right now. By zooming-out you can see other cruise ship ports located near Fort Lauderdale, Port Everglades, Florida.
If you lose the Fort Lauderdale location on the map, simply reload the page (also with F5 button). This feature is integrated with the CruiseMapper's cruise ship tracker tracking the vessels' current positions at sea and in ports.
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