Dubbed the "cruise capital of the world", the Port of Miami, or PortMiami as it's known, is home to 13 cruise lines and hosts some 4 million cruise passengers each year. In fact, it has been recognized as the busiest cruise port in the world for the past two decades, and estimates suggest that one out of every seven cruise passengers in the world departs from PortMiami.
The port's roots date back to the early 20th century, when a hurricane blasted the area, splitting the land near so that a part of the waterway could be dredged out. This helped make way for new shipping channels and, eventually, a cruise terminal.
Construction into what is now known as the commenced in 1960. Today, in addition to being the world's busiest cruise port, PortMiami sees 7.4 million tons of cargo transported through it and almost 2,500 vessels enter it each year. Needless to say, the port is also an important part of the south economy, accounting for about $95 million in revenue each year while employing over 175,000 people.
In addition to the size, capacity and economics of the port, it's also the setting that makes PortMiami so significant. It sits just outside of in , connected to downtown via .
Many cruise passengers come into the area a day early to enjoy 's beaches and other attractions. The proximity of helps create a memorable setting when passengers are departing for sea, as the downtown skyline is visible on land and there's nothing but crystal clear blue waters by sea.
Getting to the Port
Located at , the port is also easy to get to. There's a bevy of on-site parking for passengers driving in themselves, and most of the cruise lines also offer shuttle transportation to and from the port from . Drop-offs are arranged in front of the corresponding terminal for added convenience.
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