Carnival Corporation & plc, Miami’s flagship cruise company, this week extended its contract with Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale — one of the world’s top three cruise ports — in a renewed commitment to the regional economy.
Signing an addendum to expand its current 15-year agreement with the Broward County Board of County Commissioners, the company negotiated for an extra five years of service utilizing Port Everglades, with benefits including preferential terminal use. Additionally, improvements were recently made with streamlined passenger loading and unloading, additional baggage space and upgraded ground transportation facilities.
"Carnival Corporation is a critical Port Everglades partner, and its many unique cruise line brands offer guests sailing into and out of our port with a wide variety of cruise experiences and itineraries," Steve Cernak, Port Everglades CEO and director, said. "Carnival Corporation has a strong, long-standing presence in the Broward County community, and the additional five years included in the agreement reinforces that commitment.”
With a portfolio of 10 cruise brands, Carnival Corporation & plc is the world’s largest leisure travel company, operating over 100 ships among 700 ports. Delivery of 15 new vessels is expected between 2016 and 2020.
"Florida is the largest cruise market in the world, and we are thrilled to extend our agreement with Port Everglades — an extremely convenient and popular location for our guests with close proximity to Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport and the Caribbean," Giora Israel, Carnival Corporation’s SVP of global port and destination development, said.