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Why Port Canaveral is the #1 Port in the World

Panorama of Port Canaveral featuring Disney and Royal Caribbean ships

Port Canaveral is now the number one cruise port in the world, surpassing Miami for the first time. In a historic achievement, Port Canaveral has dethroned Port Miami, earning the title of the world’s busiest cruise port. Welcoming an astounding 4,072,396 multi-day cruise passengers throughout the year, Port Canaveral sets a new standard in the cruise industry.

A Monumental Milestone

Since the dawn of modern age cruising, Port Miami has remained the top home port in the cruising industry. Now, for the first time ever, they have been dethroned by Port Canaveral. 

Just a little over 200 miles up the coast from Miami, this rapidly growing Orlando cruise port counted 4.07 million passengers in 2022, beating Miami’s 3.99 million passengers. Port Miami, of Miami Dade Country, closely trails Port Canaveral’s success. Both ports have seen remarkable growth and have added many new cruise ships to their fleet. 

What Makes Port Canaveral the #1 Cruise Port in the World

Port Canaveral’s new ranking is an indication of the city’s fantastic infrastructure and the variety of things it has to offer – from the many places to eat to the many things to see and do. Our destination is well known for how much people enjoy staying here before and after they cruise. Some major draws for tourism include Cocoa Beach and NASA’s Kennedy Space Center. 

Capt. John Murray, Port Canaveral’s CEO, expressed his pride in the achievement, stating, “We’ve always aimed to be the best cruise port in the world, but what an achievement to now be known as the busiest. This historic milestone is testament to the efforts of our team and cruise partners to provide a best-in-class experience for all cruise guests sailing from Port Canaveral.”

Sustainability Initiative

The future of cruising is also taking a green turn. Port Canaveral is welcoming some of the newest and cleanest ships like Royal Caribbean Utopia of the Seas – using liquified natural gas technology (LNG) to reduce overall emissions, plus many more environmentally-safe initiatives. Port Canaveral stormwater improvements and environmental initiatives demonstrate a strong commitment to sustainability. This commitment is crucial for cruise lines that aim to become more environmentally friendly.

Disney Wish and Norwegian Escape docked at Port Canaveral

Florida: A Major Hub

The global cruise industry cannot overstate the significance of Florida. Hosting the greatest cruise lines like Carnival Cruise Line, Royal Caribbean International, and more. The Sunshine State is home to three of the largest cruise ports in the world, with Port Everglades of Fort Lauderdale coming in third, welcoming just over 1.6 million passengers. Remarkably, Florida was the embarkation point for 60% of total U.S. cruise passengers in 2019.

Promising Future Projections

The Florida Ports Council’s projections for 2027 indicate continued growth for these ports. Port Miami is expected to welcome 8.4 million passengers, with Port Canaveral close behind at 6.43 million.

Totals are set to rise dramatically, finally nearing 2019’s pre-pandemic levels by the end of 2023. In 2022, Florida had 10.5 million cruise passengers, a big improvement after the pandemic hurt the industry. 

Conclusion

Port Canaveral’s achievement marks a turning point in the cruise industry, reflecting resilience, innovation, and a promising future. Florida’s cruise ports are poised for unprecedented growth as they continue to make efforts towards sustainability, security, and exceptional guest experiences.

The forecasts for 2027 paint a bright picture, with Port Canaveral and the other Florida ports ready to accommodate more advanced ships and provide top-tier security and safety. The world’s busiest port’s success is more than a mere title; it’s a symbol of an industry ready to set sail towards a thriving future!

Space Coast rocket launch at Port Canaveral beach

Compliment your next Port Canaveral cruise with a Go Port package and let us take care of everything ashore. As the #1 land-travel provider offering a range of cruise shuttle packages from both the Orlando Airport as well as a variety of nearby hotels to Port Canaveral. Cruisers flying in who also need a hotel stay can book a Fly Snooze Cruise package that includes accommodations and all your necessary transportation for one low rate. Go Port’s hotel and cruise transportation packages will be available to reserve online up to a year before your sail date. 

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