Port of Miami: 4 million passengers in 2011
2011 became for the Miami cruise port the fourth successful year in its history by the number of received and sent passengers. According to the official data, this figure has exceeded 4 million people. This fact allows Miami to be the largest cruise port on the planet.
This year the port of Miami is not going to stop the development. So, three companies will operate cruises from Miami this season. Among them is the operator of luxury cruises Regent Seven Seas Cruise Lines, European company MSC Cruises and Disney Cruise Line.
Among the new ships that will arrive in Miami by the end of this year are Celebrity Reflection, Carnival Breeze and Oceania Riviera ships, which are currently at the European shipyards. All of them represent the class of superliners.
Port of Miami is now considered to be the main base for the Caribbean cruises. In addition, in the port are located headquarters of the three world’s leading cruise operators: Carnival, Royal Caribbean cruise and Norwegian Cruise Lines.
The success of Miami in the cruise industry is explained by the excellent infrastructure and favorable geographic position. Miami is the closest to the Panama Canal cruise port of the United States. Thus, in addition to the Caribbean destinations Miami provides for cruise services in the region of Central America.
Today Miami has no competitors in the world in terms of passenger traffic. Among the U.S. ports only Los Angeles, New York and Fort Lauderdale compete with Miami at some extent.
2010 year is considered to be the best year for Miami. Then port terminals served about 4.33 million people. Every seventh cruise passenger in the world begins the voyage here.
Riviera will start its first Caribbean cruise in Miami
Riviera, which is the newest ship of the Oceania Cruises company, will depart for the first winter cruise from Miami on November 29, 2012.
More cruises in Northern Europe
It is expected that 2012 will be one of the most successful season in the modern history of the cruise traveling for the Northern Europe region. The European Cruise Council (ECC) has estimated that the number of passengers in the current season will increase by 16% compared with 2011 and reach 1 million 490 thousand people.
Norwegian: free cruises for children
Norwegian Cruise Line, the third-largest cruise company in the world, announced a special offer â€“ â€śKids Sail Freeâ€ť. As part of the offer potential customers will be able to book on favorable terms cabins on the cruise ships for themselves and their children â€“ the third and fourth beds in the cabin for the children under 17 years can be booked for free.