FORT LAUDERDALE -- Port Everglades here exceeded its waterborne commerce and revenue projections by 4% for the first half of fiscal 2004, which ran from October through March, and said its "highest performance growth" came from the port's cruise sector.

The number of cruise passengers increased 29% during the first half of the year, to about 2.5 million; meanwhile, cruise-related revenues increased 26.5%, to $19.5 million, the port said.

The port said the addition of a new daily vessel, the St. Tropez, and several new cruise ships like the Queen Mary 2, the Oosterdam and the Caribbean Princess, helped fuel the growth. The port also generated unanticipated revenue from the relocation of seven cruise ships from Miami during the Free Trade Area of the Americas summit in November.

To contact reporter Rebecca Tobin, send e-mail to [email protected].


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