Ahoy: Port of Miami passengers set records
By Ashley D. Torres
Passenger traffic at the Port of Miami hit an all-time high in 2010 with roughly 4.33 million travelers.
The record number is "great news in the context of the cruise capital of the world," said William D. Talbert III, the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau's president and CEO. "It cements that positioning."
Seaport travelers, which are counted upon departure and upon return, reached 4.33 million visitors last year, a year-over-year climb of 8.25% compared to 2009's 4 million travelers.
The passenger rise is attributed to the arrival of new ships such as Norwegian Cruise Line's 4,100-passenger Epic in July and the November arrival of Celebrity Cruises' Eclipse.
In addition, the seaport had the best October numbers in 2010 from the Epic coming in earlier, said Kevin Lynskey, the seaport's assistant director, as well as improved November numbers.
The seaport also set a record for fiscal 2010, which spans from Oct. 1, 2009 to Sept. 30, 2010, with 4.145 million passengers over 4.11 million travelers in 2009, a 0.85% rise.
"It's a great thing," Mr. Lynskey said, "for the local economy to be setting these records in a down economy."
For fiscal year passenger numbers, the seaport grew consistently from 3.6 million travelers in 2005 to 4.137 million in 2008 before experiencing a 0.7% year-over-year drop in 2009 to 4.11 million passengers.
Passenger numbers are to remain around the 4-million mark for an extended period of time, Mr. Lynskey said, and added the seaport does not anticipate breaking the 2010 record in fiscal year 2011.
Nonetheless, Oceania Cruises' 1,250-guest Marina is to arrive in Miami on Feb. 4 to set sail on two 18-day cruises to San Francisco followed in the spring by 12-day Caribbean cruises that could all help overall passenger counts.
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