Carnival Corporation has signed an agreement with Port Everglades – extending their contract another five years through 2030.
The agreement builds on the 15-year agreement reached in 2010. The port has over 3.6 million multi-day cruise passengers per year. The business generated by Carnival Corp’s multiple brands operating there produces a significant positive impact for the local economy.
Carnival’s cruise lines will have preferential use of Terminal 4, which reopened lat year after $24 million in upgrades and renovations. The port is also going to be undertaking a #13.5 million slip extension project on Terminal 4, which should be done by the middle of next year. This will allow the terminal to accommodate bigger cruise ships.
Furthering their presence in Fort Lauderdale, Carnival will add a second ship from their Carnival Cruise Line brand to home port there next year; Carnival Splendor. In addition to Carnival Cruise Line, six more of Carnival Corp’s brands sail from this south Florida port each year.
“Florida is the largest cruise market in the world, and we are thrilled to extend our agreement with Port Everglades, which is an extremely convenient and popular location for our guests with close proximity to Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport and the Caribbean, the world’s most popular region for cruise vacations.” said Giora Israel, senior VP of global port and destination development for Carnival Corporation.
As part of the original agreement, the port undertook a $54 million terminal renovation to four existing terminals. Enhancements included features to enable simultaneous embarkation and debarkation processes, including two passenger loading bridges, separate and larger baggage halls, and improved ground transportation areas. They are also looking to improve Terminal 21 to accommodate Carnival’s newest class of ships.