The Port of Miami in Biscayne Bay, Florida, is often referred to as the “Cruise Capital of the World” due to its status as the busiest cruise port in the world. For the first time, Port of Miami lost its crown to Port Canaveral, located just 214 miles up the coast from Miami.
Port Canaveral is a major gateway to popular tourist destinations such as Orlando, Cape Canaveral, and the Space Coast. The port is also home to several cruise lines, including Disney Cruise Line, Carnival Cruise Line, and Royal Caribbean International. In 2022 it became home to the world’s “boldest and biggest ship, Wonders of the Sea,” which can carry 6,988 passengers per voyage. Overall, in 2022 the port reportedly received 4.07 million passengers on multiday voyages.
The central Florida seaport has undergone significant expansion and modernization in recent years, including the construction of new cruise terminals, the deepening of shipping channels, and the development of new cargo facilities. “We’ve always aimed to be the best cruise port in the world, but what an achievement to now be known as the busiest,” said Port Canaveral CEO Capt. John Murray in a statement. “This historic milestone is testament to the efforts of our team and cruise partners to provide a best-in-class experience for all cruise guests sailing from Port Canaveral.”
In the top 3 world’s busiest cruise ports of 2022, the Port of Miami came in second and Fort Lauderdale’s Port Everglades remained on third place. “Sometimes, it’s a little fun in the rivalry, back and forth. The way it ended up in 2022, we were ahead, and it’s something to be happy about right now,” Capt. Murray said during a news conference. The busiest cruise port in Europe the Port of Barcelona in Spain and the second busiest is Civitavecchia, in Rome, Italy.