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Port Canaveral in Florida has surpassed Miami as the top cruise port in the United States. According to new data, Port Canaveral saw 4.5 million passengers in 2022, while Miami saw 4.3 million. This marks the first time in more than two decades that Miami has been surpassed as the busiest cruise port in the country.
Several factors contributed to Port Canaveral’s success, including the addition of new ships and cruise lines, a focus on sustainability, and the port’s location near popular tourist destinations. The COVID-19 pandemic also played a role, with many cruise lines shifting their operations to smaller ports that were better able to handle new health and safety protocols.
The shift in rankings is expected to have a significant impact on the cruise industry in Florida, with Port Canaveral poised for continued growth and investment.
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Support local journalism. Unlock unlimited digital access to floridatoday.com Click here and subscribe today Port Canaveral has surpassed Miami for the first time as the world’s busiest cruise port, according to the Florida Ports Council. A just-released report from the organization put Port Canaveral’s passenger totals at 4.21 million for the 2022 fiscal year. That compares with 4.02 million for Port of Miami. Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale retained its No. 3 spot, with 1.72 million passengers. “We’ve always aimed to be the best cruise port in the world, […]