Florida’s Port Everglades is open with no restrictions, by order of the U.S. Coast Guard Captain of the Port, and is welcoming cruise ships.
Three cruise ships arrived on Sept. 12 – Carnival Conquest, Carnival Splendor and Royal Caribbean’s Harmony of the Seas. A fourth cruise ship that extended its itinerary due to Hurricane Irma, Royal Caribbean’s Allure of the Seas, arrived yesterday (Sept. 13).
Carnival Sensation was diverted to Port Everglades from Miami. In addition, Holland America Line’s Maasdam was scheduled to arrive yesterday on its regular schedule.
According to officials, the Port is prepared for the possibility of additional cruise ships.
There is concern some about cancelled flights leaving cruise guests without means to travel home. However, Broward County is working with the cruise lines and airlines to address the situation.
The petroleum companies based at Port Everglades are working around the clock to meet unusually high consumer demands resulting from Hurricane Irma.
Three petroleum tank ships arrived Tuesday and are currently offloading 18 million gallons of gasoline, 3.5 million gallons of diesel and 14.7 million gallons of jet fuel.
Two more tank ships are also scheduled to arrive.
Eleven of the 12 petroleum companies that operate at the Port have reopened.