We all know how people tend to love busy ports when it comes to cruises. The abundance of ships docked gives an exhilarating feeling of “so many things are going one here” and we cannot deny basking in the grandeur of packed piers. For this particular reason, we are going to talk about the busiest cruise ports of the world. Set sail, matey!
7. The Port of Civitavecchia:
When we talk on such grand scales, we never expect small towns to make to top list. Well, Italy’s Civitavecchia only has a population of 53,000 but it compensates for that with its cruise-based passenger traffic. Over 2.1 million people are funnelled by the massive port, which is part of the so-called “Motorways of the Sea” (one of the most important port networks of the Mediterranean). Know also that Civitavecchia is considered the “Port of Rome”.
6. The Port of Barcelona:
No matter where you live, you have probably heard of the majestic port of Barcelona. With a rich history spanning more than 2,000 years, it is only fitting that it should be one of the busiest ports of the world. With more than 2.3 million cruise passengers handled each year and nearly 8,000 vessels, Barcelona’s finest takes the sixth place with pride. Covering a massive land area of over 1,000 hectares, the port can be viewed in its entirety from one of the termini of La Rambla.
5. The Port of Cozumel:
Whenever you think about cruises, you automatically project something tropical, right? Well, in the case of Cozumel, a relatively small island in the Caribbean Sea (just off the coast of the Yucatán Peninsula), your projections would have been correct. Besides snorkelling, scuba diving and other marine activities, Cozumel is also known for its massive port. Handling more than 2.7 million cruise passengers each year, the harbour stays true to the name of the island – for Cozumel translates as “the island that swallows”. Well, it does swallow a great number of tourists, if that is what the native Maya people were talking about. Just kidding! Enjoy the grandeur of Cozumel and its port for as long as your cruise ship stays there for it is worth every second of yours!
4. The Port of Nassau:
Next up, we have a contestant from the Bahamas. Nassau is a popular cruise port due to its agreeable weather and hospitable people (not to mention its favourable geographic position). With a population of nearly 275,000 people, it is a big deal for its port to be able to handle 3.4 million cruise passengers each year. Don’t forget that the city of Nassau has been designated a UNESCO Creative City for its native art – worth exploring while there!
3. Port Canaveral:
Florida is well-known for its cruise-abundance and the port located in Brevard County stays true to its reputation. Funnelling more than 4 million cruise passengers each year, it is most indubitably one of the juggernauts of its kind. With an average of ten ships making it into the port each day, the port handles them professionally with their five cruise terminals.
2. Port Everglades:
With more than 160,000 employees, one can begin to suspect how grand Port Everglades (Broward County, Florida) might be. Funnelling more than 4.1 million cruise passengers each year, it does not shy away from the second place of this top list in any shape or form. Established in 1928, Port Everglades has an annual revenue of 139 million dollars. This makes it the number one seaport in terms of income in Florida.
1. The Port of Miami:
You might have secretly suspected the uncontested winner of this competition. The Port of Miami (Florida) handles more than 4.8 million cruise passengers but, interestingly enough, it only has a revenue of 98 million dollars. With over 176,000 employees, it stays true to the grandiose image of Miami – luxury, beauty, professionalism. What’s interesting about the colossal harbour is that it can be viewed from Miami Beach. The sight from there is simply breath-taking as the large cruise ships form seamless queues in the azure water. If you are lucky to catch a sunny day, you are bound to be left with a slack jaw and scarred for life (in the good way).
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