Disney Cruise Line Unveils New Terminal At Port Everglades

Disney Cruise Line, Port Everglades — Terminal Exterior

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

Disney Cruise Line, Port Everglades

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 grand opening of our new dedicated terminal is an incredible milestone as we embark on the largest expansion in our cruise line’s history. Now our guests will have even more options to experience the magic of a Disney vacation at sea and can begin creating lifelong memories with their loved ones from the moment they arrive.

Sharon Siskie, the senior vice president and general manager of Disney Cruise Line

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

Disney Cruise Line, Port Everglades — Terminal Interior
The more than 104,000-square foot terminal was reimagined by Walt Disney Imagineering exclusively for Disney Cruise Line guests to provide a seamless embarkation experience. (Disney) ©Disney

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.

Community Investments

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.

Being a good steward in the port communities where Disney Cruise Line operates is so important to us. We’re proud to continue to invest in local youth programs that help empower and inspire the next generation of dreamers in Broward County.

Community partners, like Disney Cruise Line, play a pivotal role in empowering the youth of today, shaping their futures for tomorrow. This support is not just a financial contribution, it’s an investment in the next generation.

Sharon Siskie, the senior vice president and general manager of Disney Cruise Line

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.

Future Sailings

Disney Cruise Line, Port Everglades — Embarkation
Once guests arrive to the terminal to embark on their voyage, they will “dive” into the world of Disney and Pixar’s film, “Finding Nemo,” with some of their favorite friends from the film displayed on colorful murals. (Disney) ©Disney

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.

As always, stay tuned to the DVC Shop blog to get all the latest developments from inside the Disney parks and around the Disney Vacation Club resorts!

Written by

Rachel Van Norman

Contributing Writer

Rachel fell deeply in love with all things Disney as a little girl. Now as a wife and a mother herself, she shares this Disney obsession with her son and everyone around her. From her love of princesses to eating all the Disney food, Rachel spends her time radiating Disney magic and keeping everyone up to date on Disney news.

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