Port Everglades’ Cruise Terminal 4 to become a 2nd homeport for DCL-Disney Cruise Line

   April 6, 2022 ,   Cruise Industry

Transforming Port Everglades’ Cruise Terminal 4 into a 2nd home for DCL-Disney Cruise Line received the green light on Tuesday, April 5, as the Broward County Commission (BCC) approved Bermello, Ajamil & Partners, Inc. for design/consulting services.

Improvements to Port Everglades Cruise Terminal 4 and the adjacent berth will commence once the interior/exterior designs are complete. The project must be completed by the fall of 2023 when Disney sets sail for the first time from Port Everglades/Fort Lauderdale (Florida USA).

Adding Port Everglades as a 2nd homeport gives DCL a dedicated terminal in a market with direct highway access and one of the fastest-growing airports in the nation, Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.

DCL’s original homeport is Port Canaveral/Orlando, in Central Florida.

The family-favorite cruise company is bringing its magic to the cruise port of Broward County under a 15-year partnership including one vessel to be homeported in Port Everglades year-round beginning in fall 2023, joined by a 2nd, seasonal liner in 2025. The agreement supports 1,111 direct local jobs generating US$31.6 million in wages and US$12.3 million in state/local taxes, according to a study by maritime research company Martin Associates.

port of Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades, Florida)

Port Everglades’ location in the heart of South Florida and the neighboring Caribbean, makes it one of the world's 3 busiest cruise ports, typically hosting ~4 million passengers annually.