Disney Cruise Line wants to use Fort Lauderdale as another year-round port

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Disney Cruise Line is looking to use another Florida port as a year-round port. Disney wants to bring its magical ships to Fort Lauderdale starting next year.

The request has been made with Port Everglades. Broward County now needs to approve the deal.

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Castaway Cay
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Currently, Disney only has one year-round port: Port Canaveral. Disney Cruise Line is headquartered at Port Canaveral. There is no word yet which ship would call Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale home or what destinations it would sail to. Typically, Disney’s ships departing from Florida stop at Disney’s private island, Castaway Cay.

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Disney ships have only ever docked at Port Everglades when storms block their regular ports. According to a letter the company sent to Port Everglades, the Disney ship that would sail from Fort Lauderdale could carry around 3500 passengers.

Chief executive and port director at Port Everglades, Jonathan Daniels, said they are looking forward to the opportunity of having Disney cruise ships dock at the port.

“Adding Disney Cruise Line to the Port Everglades fleet, along with the Royal Caribbean Group and Carnival Corporation, would diversify our portfolio and create a little more magic for our guests and the community,” Daniels said.

The deal would be very beneficial to Broward County. It would create jobs and would generate more tourist, state and local tax dollars in South Florida. It will be taken up at the county commission meeting on May 18.