Disney Cruise Line selects Port Everglades for second year-round homeport

by Brittani Tuttle

The Broward County Commission and Disney Cruise Line have announced a new agreement that names Port Everglades as Disney’s second year-round homeport.

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The family-favorite cruise operation is bringing its magic to Broward County’s cruise port under a 15-year partnership that includes a minimum 10.6 million passenger movements, and three five-year extension options that could add another 11.25 million passenger movements. The agreement provides for one ship to be homeported in Port Everglades year-round starting in fall 2023, with a second seasonal ship to join in 2025.

“As we expand our fleet of ships and introduce innovative new cruise experiences, we couldn’t be more pleased to bring the magic of Disney to Port Everglades,” said Thomas Mazloum, president of Disney Cruise Line. “With a dedicated, specially-designed cruise terminal for our guests, we look forward to creating magical memories starting the moment they arrive at this exciting new homeport.”

Adding Port Everglades as a second homeport allows Disney to have a dedicated terminal in a market with direct highway access and airport access to Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL). The brand’s original homeport is Port Canaveral, located in Central Florida.

“We are diversifying our cruise portfolio and will have three major cruise companies sailing from Port Everglades, which will strengthen visitor numbers in support of our hospitality and tourism industry in Broward County,” said Jonathan Daniels, Port Everglades chief executive and port director. “I extend a special thanks to our County Administrator Bertha Henry and our County Commissioners for their faith and trust. All we need is a little pixie dust to transform Terminal 4 and Disney is ready to sail.”

“Disney is a big name that will bring big business to Broward County,” said Michael Udine, mayor of Broward County. “We welcome everyone under the sun, and Disney Cruise Line is an excellent fit for our inclusive, family-friendly destination.

To learn more about Disney Cruise Line, visit DisneyCruise.com.


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