The Broward County Commission and Disney Cruise Line have announced a new agreement that will make Port Everglades Disney’s second year-round homeport.
The cruise line has entered into a 15-year partnership with the port, which includes a minimum 10.6 million passenger movements, and three 5-year extension options that could add another 11.25 million passengers.
The agreement provides for one ship to be homeported in Port Everglades year-round beginning fall 2023, joined by a second, seasonal ship in 2025.
“As we expand our fleet of ships and introduce innovative new cruise experiences, we couldn’t be more pleased to bring the magic of Disney to Port Everglades,” said Thomas Mazloum, president of Disney Cruise Line.
“With a dedicated, specially designed cruise terminal for our guests, we look forward to creating magical memories starting the moment they arrive at this exciting new homeport.”
Adding Port Everglades as a second year-round homeport gives Disney a dedicated terminal in a market with direct highway access and one of the country’s fastest-growing airports, Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.
Disney Cruise Line’s original homeport is Port Canaveral, which is located in central Florida about an hour from Walt Disney World.
“We are diversifying our cruise portfolio and will have three major cruise companies sailing from Port Everglades, which will strengthen visitor numbers in support of our hospitality and tourism industry in Broward County,” said Port Everglades Chief Executive and Port Director Jonathan Daniels.
“I extend a special thanks to our County Administrator Bertha Henry and our County Commissioners for their faith and trust. All we need is a little pixie dust to transform Terminal 4 and Disney is ready to sail.”