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Port Everglades completes terminal upgrades

Port Everglades will reopen four fully reconstructed, expanded and modernized cruise terminals in time for the first eight-ship cruise day this season, Saturday, Nov. 17. Cruise Terminals 2, 19, 21 and 26 are part of a US$54 million renovation project that transformed existing facilities into “modern, world-class, guest-friendly cruise terminals, capable of processing both debarking and embarking cruise passengers simultaneously.””Our goal in the design and reconstruction of these terminals was to deliver a seamless curbside to ship guest experience,”said Steven Cernak, Port Everglades chief executive and port director. “We fully expect our returning cruise guests to be wowed when they enter the new terminals and experience seamless boarding in first-class facilities.”Saturday (Nov. 17) is the first of six days during Port Everglades’ cruise season, November through April, where eight cruise ships will be berthed at the same time requiring the use of all cruise terminal facilities in the Port. The other dates are: Dec. 1 and 22; Jan. 6, 2013; March 17, 2013; and April 6, 2013. The renovated cruise terminals, which were completed well ahead of schedule and under budget, can accommodate ships of various sizes and capacities. Port Everglades is the second busiest cruise port in the world with more than 3.6 million passengers each year and homeporting more cruise ships than any other cruise port worldwide. (http://www.porteverglades.net)

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