Cruise News Today — May 18, 2023 [VIDEO]

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PortMiami Records Busiest Cruise Passenger Day Ever

PortMiami achieved a significant milestone this spring by marking its busiest passenger day. On April 9th, the Florida port welcomed 67,594 cruise passengers, setting a new record for the highest number of travelers passing through its terminals in a single day.

Ships at PortMiami that day included Oasis and Explorer of the Seas, Norwegian Encore, Carnival Horizon and Celebration, MSC Seascape, Scarlet Lady, and Seabourn Ovation.

This achievement follows another record-breaking day earlier in the year when PortMiami welcomed 58,984 passengers on February 12th.

Port Canaveral recently surpassed PortMiami as the busiest cruise port based on 2022 statistics.

STORY: PortMiami Sees 67,000 Passengers in Busiest Cruise Day Ever

Explora Journeys Details 3,000 Square-Foot Owner’s Residence

With its inaugural voyage just two months away, MSC’s luxury brand Explora Journeys has unveiled new high brow accommodations on its first ship, Explora I.

The Owner’s Residence stands out with its spacious indoor and outdoor areas spanning over 3,000 square feet. The suite features a private terrace of 1,300 square feet, complete with an infinity whirlpool and dining table. Inside, an additional 1,668 square feet of living space awaits, including a separate bedroom with a king sized bed.

Additional perks include roundtrip ground transfers, a pre- or post-journey hotel night, and a private driver onshore. The Owner’s Residence can accommodate up to three adults or two adults and one child under 18.

Explora I‘s maiden voyage is set to debut in Southampton on July 17, 2023.

STORY: Explora Journeys Details 3,000 Square-Foot Suite on First Cruise Ship [IMAGES]

Maine Town Looking to Get Into The Cruise Business

The town of Searsport, Maine, has set its sights on tapping into the state’s cruise business.

Following a recent decision to limit daily cruise guests at nearby Bar Harbor, the Searsport Board voted in favor of pursuing necessary security clearances from the U.S. Coast Guard.

Searsport is 100 miles north of Portland, and aims to become certified for welcoming cruise ships that have already cleared customs at another U.S. port. Since there is currently no infrastructure for docking cruise ships, tendering guests ashore would be necessary.

The Bangor Daily News reports the town has already received inquiries from a cruise line interested in calling there as soon as October. The move by Searsport follows Bar Harbor’s decision to cap daily cruise arrivals starting in 2024, prompting cruise lines to explore alternative port options in the region.

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