Wednesday, March 01, 2006

Port Everglades Passengers in a Single Day: 40,952

Close, If Not Quite A Cigar: Greater Fort Lauderdale’s Port Everglades came within what it likes to call “a handful of passengers” of breaking its own world record for hosting more passengers on a single day than any other port in history when 40,952 cruise passengers traveled through on Sunday, Feb. 26. Port Everglades originally grabbed the world record title for hosting the most passengers in a single day on Dec. 21, 2003, with 44,108 passengers. Newly appointed Port Director Phllip C. Allen, an old hand among Broward County management execs, allows that “If Port Everglades hadn’t already set the world record in 2003, this past Sunday would have done the trick. We were just one sailing short of surpassing our own world record." On an average winter Sunday, Port Everglades hosts approximately 10-12 cruise ships and 30,000 to 35,000 passengers. Feb. 26 was extra busy due to the overlapping of cruise line schedules and the popularity of winter cruises. Though the Port hosted 12 ships this past Sunday, many were larger than on the previous record day, carrying more passengers. Port Everglades’ previous passenger record reflected a total of 15 ships in port. Lined up bow to stern, the combined length of the cruise ships in Port Everglades on Feb. 26, (if all in port at the same time, docked in a row) would be nearly two miles, long enough for a taxi ride from the port to Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. The 40,952 passengers hosted on Feb. 26 is enough to fill a major sports arena, such as Broward County’s Bank Atlantic Center, more than two times over. Standing together, 40,952 people would completely cover the massive 4.5-acre flight deck of a U.S. Navy Nimitz-class aircraft carrier. Those passengers also would fill nearly 90 double-decker 500-passenger Airbus A380 megaplanes, the world's largest passenger jet. Multi-day cruise ships in Port Everglades on Feb. 26, included: Carnival’s 3,000-passenger Carnival Liberty, Celebrity's 2,000-passenger Infinity and 2,000-passenger Summit, Costa's 2,100-passenger Costa Mediterranea and 2,725-passenger Costa Magica, Holland America's 1,850-passenger Westerdam, Imperial Majesty Cruise Line’s 1,000-passenger Regal Empress, MSC Cruises’ 1,600-passenger MSC Lirica, and Princess 2,600-passenger Star Princess and 2,000-passenger Sun Princess. Daily cruise ships, Discovery Cruise Line’s 1,000-passenger Discovery Sun and SeaEscape's 1,000-passenger Island Adventure shared one cruise berth. Forty cruise ships and 17 cruise lines call at Port Everglades, also including: Crystal, Cunard, Hapag-Lloyd Kreuzfahrten, Princess, Radisson Seven Seas, Royal Caribbean, Seabourn, and Silversea. The Port's ever-expanding fleet provides an array of cruise choices from sampler-size day cruises to around-the-world sailings. Check out Metroguide.com’s cruise port guide at http://www.portofcallguide.com/