PortMiami reported a record year (for both cargo and passenger shipping) via collaboration with its business partners.
The seaport, popular as the world's cruise capital, handled a total of 1.084 million TEUs of cargo (TEU is the equivalent of standard 20ft container) and 5,592,000 cruise passengers (an increase of 4.7%) in the fiscal year which ended on September 30. The old cargo record of the port, 1.054M TEUs, was set back in 2005.
PortMiami officials attribute cruising growth to largely expanded business opportunities. This year, Royal Caribbean added sailings to Empress of the Seas and welcomed the renovated Mariner of the Seas. Disney Cruise Line and Oceania extended their winter seasons.
Port of Miami also welcomed 3 new cruise lines: Seabourn, Viking Ocean and Victory Cruise Line. Additionally, it welcomed Carnival Magic and the newbuild Carnival Horizon. MSC also homeported a newbuild - MSC Seaside.