Port Canaveral Planning an Expansion to become a leader in the Cruise Industry

Carnival, Royal Caribbean, Norwegian and Disney Cruise Lines are some of the cruise lines which dock at one of the six cruise terminal at Port Canaveral . The port hosted 109,175 multi-day cruise passengers in October 2008. There was a high of 307,005 passengers in April 2009. This fell to a seasonal low of 221,557 in October. With the loss of daily gambling ship cruises, port authorities do not expect this high to be exceeded for some time. There were2.8 Million Travelers through that port in 2010.

However the Port Authority is planning an expansion to become more of a Worldwide Leader in the Cruise Industry.

On Aug. 26, 2011 the Canaveral Port Authority will conduct a groundbreaking for its new cruise terminal. The $25.6 million project will strengthen the port's ties to Carnival Cruise Lines, the world's largest cruise operator. Carnival Cruise lines has made a breakthrough and achieved a significant Milestone recently in Social Marketing through Facebook and Twitter.

Port Canaveral, which is currently the third-busiest port in the United States after Miami (the First) and Fort Lauderdale (the Second), has undertaken the projects to expand its Profitable cruise business, which provides 70 percent of its revenues. Other ports -- in Florida and elsewhere -- are aggressively courting cruise companies for ships, and Port Canaveral wants to safeguard itself from loosing out to competitor ports.

The CLIA (Cruise Lines International Association) declares Florida as a Major Cruise Liners Hub with its Ports at: Miami, Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale, Port Canaveral, Tampa and Jacksonville.

Port Canaveral has proven itself as a popular and successful port facility for larger ships.With the arrival of Carnival Cruise lines New Ship the Ecstasy, the port will be home to seven cruise ships year-round.

Royal Caribbean International homeports two ships at Port Canaveral, the Monarch of the Seas and the Freedom of the Seas.

Disney Cruise Line bases two ships here. One is the Magic and the other is Disney's newest, the 4,000-passenger Dream, which set sail in January 2012.

Early next year, Disney will switch out the Magic for its new 4,000-passenger ship, Fantasy.