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.
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