Disney Cruise Line recently celebrated the inauguration of its new dedicated terminal at Broward County’s Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. This marks the second year-round homeport for the cruise line in the state.
A Milestone for Disney Cruise Line
Sharon Siskie, the senior vice president and general manager of Disney Cruise Line, expressed her delight at the grand opening of the new terminal.
The new terminal will provide guests with more options to enjoy a Disney vacation at sea and start creating lifelong memories from the moment they arrive.
An Ideal Location
Port Everglades’ strategic location in South Florida provides guests with opportunities to experience beautiful beaches, world-class entertainment, shopping, dining, family, and cultural activities before or after their cruise. The port’s proximity to major airports and highways also facilitates easy travel for guests.
Once guests arrive at the terminal, they are greeted by murals featuring characters from Disney and Pixar’s film, “Finding Nemo.” The over 104,000-square-foot terminal was designed by Walt Disney Imagineering specifically for Disney Cruise Line guests to offer a seamless embarkation experience.
In addition to the opening of the new terminal, Disney Cruise Line also announced investments in local community organizations such as Junior Achievement South Florida and Boys & Girls Clubs of Broward County. These contributions will support several initiatives, including programs that inspire career exploration, innovation, and storytelling.
Disney Cruise Line is committed to having a positive impact in port communities. Partnerships with these organizations also provide opportunities for Disney Cruise Line cast and crew to volunteer as mentors and engage with local students through different educational programs.
The first sailing from Port Everglades will be on the Disney Dream starting November 20, 2023, followed by the Disney Magic on May 9th, 2024. Guests will have the opportunity to sail on a mix of three-, four- and five-night cruises to tropical destinations in The Bahamas and the Caribbean.
As part of Disney Cruise Line’s expansion plans, Disney Cruise Line and Broward County previously announced a 15-year agreement that includes a minimum of 10.6 million passenger movements. This agreement also includes three 5-year extension options, potentially adding another 11.25 million passenger movements. One ship will homeport in Port Everglades year-round beginning fall 2023, and a second seasonal ship will join in 2025.
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