Port Everglades said it moved more than 4 million passengers in the fiscal year ended Sept. 30, only the second time in the port's history it has reached that threshold.

The total consists of 3.88 million multi-day passengers and 121,321 single-day passengers.

Port officials attribute the increase to more cruise ships sailing during the summer and the cruise lines offering more four- and five-night itineraries.

The Regal Princess, which was christened Nov. 5, is the latest ship to make its seasonal home at the Fort Lauderdale port.

Port Everglades first exceeded the 4 million mark in 2004 when storms diverted several ships to the port unexpectedly. That year, multi-day passengers were 66% of the total, compared with 95% in 2014.

The port’s 20-year master plan estimates that Port Everglades will move 5.6 million cruise passengers by 2033.


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