DATE: August 14, 2013
The Royal Princess will make her U.S. debut when she calls Port Everglades in October.
MEDIA CONTACT: Ellen Kennedy, Manager
Port Everglades Corporate & Community Relations
BROWARD COUNTY, Fla. - Cruise guests will have more options when sailing from Port Everglades in 2014 with more choices in summer sailings and new shorter itineraries. In addition, Princess Cruises’ new Royal Princess will call Port Everglades her U.S. winter home when she arrives in late October 2013 after debuting in Europe.
“We are honored that Princess Cruises has once again selected Port Everglades to homeport the line’s newest and most sophisticated cruise ship, Royal Princess,” said Port Everglades Chief Executive & Port Director Steven Cernak. “Princess has a long, successful history at Port Everglades and we look forward to welcoming Royal Princess in grand style.”
The new 141,000-ton, 3,600-passenger Royal Princess will be berthed at Cruise Terminal 2; one of four cruise terminals renovated last year to allow for a seamless “curbside-to-ship” guest experience with expanded check-in and baggage claim areas, covered walkways, streamlined transportation routing and bright interiors.
As Caribbean cruising becomes more popular during the summer, Port Everglades will be more active in 2014 with a total of five cruise ships sailing from the South Florida cruise port. Princess Cruises’ Caribbean Princess and Royal Caribbean International’s Vision of the Seas will join the Port’s year-round fleet of Carnival Cruise Line’s Carnival Freedom, and Royal Caribbean’s Oasis of the Seas and Allure of the Seas and sail through the summer.
Guests who want a quick getaway can choose from several shorter itineraries sailing from Port Everglades during the 2014 cruise season.
“Our cruise line customers recognize that the Caribbean is a popular year-round destination and that they can tap into a new market by offering a variety of shorter cruises in addition to the more traditional full-week cruises,” said Michael Vanderbeek, Director of Business Development for Port Everglades.
- Ruby Princess, which was named at Port Everglades in November 2008, will sail on four- and five-day getaway cruises from December through April.
- Caribbean Princess will offer 13 three-, four- and five-day getaway cruises during the summer of 2014 in addition to seven-day sailings.
- For the first time, Carnival Freedom will offer four- and five-day cruises in November and December of 2013, and four- and five-day cruises in the Summer of 2014.
- Celebrity Cruises’ Celebrity Constellation will begin three-, four- and five-day cruises during the winter cruise season from Port Everglades.
- Liberty of the Seas and will sail four- and five-night Western Caribbean cruises for the winter 2014-15 season.
Port Everglades is one of the three busiest cruise ports in the world serving more than 3.7 million passengers annually and more homeported cruise ships than any other cruise port worldwide. The top cruise lines and their ships sail from the South Florida seaport including: Balearia’s Bahamas Express, Carnival Cruise Lines, Celebrity Cruises, Cunard Line, Holland America Line, Princess Cruises, Royal Caribbean International, Silversea Cruises and Seabourn. The Port's wide-ranging fleet of cruise ships provides guests with an array of cruise vacation choices from the sunny Greater Fort Lauderdale area. Port Everglades, where the best cruise ships launch and the greatest getaways begin. View details on the latest cruise offerings at porteverglades.net or contact us by emailing PortEverglades@broward.org.