Named 2010 "Port of the Year" by Seatrade Insider, Port Everglades "Port of the Year," Port Everglades in 2011 saw 3.6 million passengers pass through its gangways to 45 cruise ships run by 12 cruise lines. And that's just the beginning.
The Growth of Cruising.
The cruising industry has transformed Port Everglades into one of the most convenient and accessible ports in the world. On November 26, 2011, of Thanksgiving weekend, the port saw a record 55,000 passengers to travel through Port Everglades. The same should be repeated during peak spring school vacation 2012. Port Everglades broke its own world record on March 20, 2010, with more than 53,365 guests passing through the Port in a single day. The previous record was set on January 3, 2009, with 49,234 passengers.
Get Rid of Those Pre- or Post-Cruise Blues.
Only 53% of working Americans return from vacations feeling rested and rejuvenated, says travel site Expedia, and while away, stress nags almost one-third (30%) of vacationers. Cruise travelers suffering "Post Vacation Stress Disorder" are discovering Greater Fort Lauderdale as a pre- or post-cruise layover shouldering their holiday at sea. Discover how hoteliers, planners and others are creating packages and programs to make this shoulder a memorable getaway.
Hotels: Many hotels offer guest shuttle service to and from Port Everglades and Fort Lauderdale Hollywood International Airport. Check with your cruise line about packages to extend your stay in Greater Fort Lauderdale, or visit Sunny.org/CruiseAndPlay for deals on hotels, attractions and special discounts available just by showing your cruise card or documents.
Ways to Play: With two dozen museums, the 3D iMax Theater, the Funderdome indoor playground, the Arts & Entertainment District, and the Riverwalk linear park, Greater Fort Lauderdale is central to a $100 million, countywide arts and culture construction program.
Sports: Outdoor enthusiasts will thrill at the options. Experience snorkeling and Scuba diving, deep sea fishing, sailing, surfing, skim boarding and paddle boarding. If you're a newbie, most sports offer free lessons. In season, Broward's own Florida Panthers NHL franchise play host to teams from across the U.S. and Canada.
Nature, South Florida Style: See flora and fauna at Butterfly World and Flamingo Gardens - and explore the 'glades from Sawgrass Recreation Park. Any can be enjoyed in a half-day or less.
Shopping: From Las Olas Boulevard to the Galleria Mall to Sawgrass Mills Mall, shopping abounds. Some hotels run shuttles to area malls; A Day More Tours offers excursions to Sawgrass Mills. Sawgrass Mills' Bags To Go program will fetch and forward shoppers' luggage to Fort Lauderdale / Hollywood or Miami International airports.
Golf Resorts & Spas: Need to hit the links, pamper yourself or just enjoy a little wellness and fitness? Visit an area four-star resort or world-class spa for that special treatment.
Gambling: Gambling in Greater Fort Lauderdale includes The Seminole Hard Rock Hollywood, Gulfstream Park , Isle of Capri Casino and Pompano Park Racing, and the Mardi Gras Casino and Poker Room. Each offers either casinos, thoroughbreds, dog racing and race simulcasting. Jai-Alai (pronounced "Hi-Li") in Dania Beach features the "world's fastest sport" - and a poker for the card player.