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PortMiami set a word record in passenger traffic last year, hitting 4.98 million multi-day passengers. That was a 1.5 percent increase from the year before.
The numbers follow the port’s seemingly tradition of annual increases in passenger numbers, which is logical for the busiest cruise port in the world. In 2015, PortMiami processed 4.91 million multi-day guests, which was also more than any other port in the world at that time. The year before, 4.77 million.
Guests are counted when they board a ship, and then again when they disembark. This means that nearly 2.5 million individuals took multi-day cruises through the port just in 2016.
The most recent cruising season welcomed Norwegian Escape, AIDAMar, AIDAVita, AIDADiva, Carnival Splendor, and Empress of the Seas. December saw two new builds as well – Carnival Vista and Regent Seven Seas’ Explorer.
Ships scheduled to arrive in the future include MSC Seaside this year and Norwegian Bliss next year. Last year, the port entered an agreement with Royal Caribbean to construct a $200 million new cruise terminal that will accommodate the line’s largest ships, including the Oasis class.
PortMiami is recognized as a global gateway, and contributes over $27 billion to Miami-Dade County annually.
Information: Miami Today News