Greetings from the Landry & Kling office in Miami – the cruise capital of the world!
South Florida is home to an abundance of new & beautiful ships sailing 3 to 7-nights to alluring tropical destinations in the Caribbean, Bahamas, and Mexico. With convenient air access and great opportunities for pre- or post-cruise events, planners have unlimited options for meetings and incentives at sea.
Your meeting attendees and incentive travel qualifiers will appreciate a “close to home” floating venue that offers the unique advantage of visiting several different exotic destinations – without the travel hassles!
Here’s what’s new at the world’s 3 busiest cruise ports:
Royal Caribbean just announced they will design, build and operate a new cruise terminal in Miami that can handle their Oasis-class vessels – the largest cruise ships in the world.
Scheduled to be completed in 2018, the 170,000-square-foot terminal is nicknamed the ‘Crown of Miami’ because of its distinct shape. At night, the terminal’s facade will be lit to make a striking impression and provide a dynamic addition to the PortMiami landscape. It’s remarkable design won’t be merely fashionable, but functional as well – with luggage tracking from portside to stateroom, easier check-in and more.
Meanwhile, construction is already underway at PortMiami Terminal F to accommodate MSC Cruises’ 4,140-passenger MSC Seaside, scheduled to arrive on December 21, 2017. The $38 million project will enable the new terminal to manage embarkation for up to 6,000 passengers.
Planned enhancements include an expanded, elegant waiting area with seating for 1,500; a large, private VIP waiting area for MSC Yacht Club passengers, an improved baggage-claim area and smart ship technology for faster embarkation and disembarkation.
Cruise lines sailing from Miami: Carnival Cruise Lines, Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises, Regent Seven Seas, Royal Caribbean Line, MSC Cruises
2.Port Everglades (Fort Lauderdale)
Port Everglades, located in Greater Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood, Florida, is ranked second among cruise ports worldwide and has more homeported cruise ships than any other port.
To simplify the debarkation process, Port Everglades recently launched the new U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) approved Mobile Passport Control (MPC) program, making it the first U.S. cruise port to use the new Smartphone technology.
The MPC program is currently in use at a number of airports across the country including Ft. Lauderdale-Hollywood and Miami International Airports, and has been highly anticipated for use at cruise ports. Just in time to accommodate Royal Caribbean’s 5,479-passenger Harmony of the Seas, the largest cruise ship in the world!
Cruise lines sailing from Pt. Everglades: Carnival Cruise Line, Celebrity Cruises, Costa Cruises, Crystal Cruises, Cunard Line, Holland America Line, Princess Cruises, Royal Caribbean International, Seabourn and Silversea Cruises
3.Port Canaveral (Orlando)
Rounding out the top 3, Port Canaveral is Florida’s fastest growing port. Located 45 minutes from Orlando, Port Canaveral’s cruise terminals are new, innovative and ultra modern. “America’s favorite cruise port” has more recreational facilities than all other Florida Ports combined, including a new Exploration Tower and Cove harbor-side dining and retail area.
Port Canaveral’s Cruise Terminal 10 reopened in November after a $35 million expansion and upgrade project. The renovations include increasing the size of the two-story terminal from 97,048 square feet to 125,824 square feet, enabling the terminal to handle ships carrying as many as 5,500 passengers.
Cruise lines sailing from Pt. Canaveral: Carnival Cruise Line, Disney Cruise Line, Norwegian Cruise Line and Royal Caribbean International
Want to find your ship sailing from Florida?
Contact Landry & Kling, give us a call at 305-661-1880, or email email@example.com. Our strategic location in Miami gives us easy access to ships and cruise line executives – we’d love to pass on our “Insider Knowledge” for your next incentive travel cruise or meeting at sea!