Cruise: Port Everglades, Saint John
Port Everglades will invest more than $100 million for a complete makeover of Cruise Terminal 25, which will remain a preferential berth for Royal Caribbean Cruises, Ltd. (RCCL). It is part of a new, long-term agreement approved unanimously by the Broward County Board of County Commissioners.
The new agreement replaces one that expires at the end of 2017, and continues through September 30, 2026. Options for an additional four years, followed by five more years, extend the potential term through 2035.
RCCL’s Caribbean International and Celebrity Cruises brands both operate from Port Everglades.
"Renovating Cruise Terminal 25 was already part of our Master/Vision Plan, and was scheduled to begin this year," said Port Everglades Chief Executive Steven Cernak, PPM®. "Giving preferential berthing rights to Royal Caribbean allows us to build a facility that meets their expectations for the new generations of larger cruise ships."
Cruise Terminal 25 was originally built in 1992. A section to house an additional elevator was completed in 2004.
RCCL also has preferential berthing rights at Cruise Terminal 18, which was completed in 2009 to accommodate Royal Caribbean’s 6,000 passenger Oasis class ships Oasis of the Seas, Allure of the Seas in 2010 and Harmony of the Seas in 2016. Last fall, the newer Harmony of the Seas replaced Oasis of the Seas to sail year-round every Saturday from Port Everglades. Allure of the Seas sails every Sunday year-round. Celebrity Edge, the first in new class of 2,918-passenger ships, will begin cruising from Port Everglades in December 2018.
Rendering of renovated Cruise Terminal 25
Saint John: Report on Cruise Industry’s Economic Impact on New Brunswick
Data released June 6 by Port Saint John show a 20 percent increase in the cruise industry’s economic impact on New Brunswick, to C$49.9 million in 2016 from C$41.5 million in 2012.
The numbers come from The Economic Contribution of the International Cruise Industry in Canada 2016, a study prepared for Cruise Lines International Association-North West & Canada (CLIA-NWC), the St. Lawrence Cruise Association, the Atlantic Canada Cruise Association and Cruise BC.
The total impact included direct spending by cruise lines, passengers, and crew in New Brunswick of C$21.5 million, 298 direct jobs in the province, and C$12.5 million in personal income.
"This economic impact study reinforces the importance of the cruise sector in the Province of New Brunswick, and, it highlights the fact that while the ships come to the port, it is the entire region that make this destination successful for visitors," said Jim Quinn, president & CEO of Port Saint John.
In 2017, Port Saint John is expecting 64 cruise ship, more than 144,000 passengers and 57,700 crew members through the end of the season on November 4. Some 2.5 million cruise guests have visited Saint John since 1989.
Busy cruise day at Port Saint John
Photo/Port Saint John