Port Canaveral’s future: More cruise ships, more Disney and a new terminal

Port Canaveral Chief Executive Officer John Murray breezed through more than 20 PowerPoint slides during his annual State of the Port Address earlier this month.

But Murray says his “favorite slide in the whole presentation” is the first one he showed — the one that showed the record numbers for total revenue, operating revenue, cruise revenue, cargo revenue and cargo tonnage for the Florida port for the budget year that ended Sept. 30.

“We had a great year, and we’re excited about the year before us” in 2019, Murray told the 300 community leaders at the event, held at Port Canaveral Cruise Terminal 1.

Murray is not going to be complacent about the fiscal 2018 numbers. Looking forward, Murray said, he’s excited about what’s ahead for Port Canaveral, the world’s second-busiest cruise port and a major driver of the tourism economy for Florida’s Space Coast.

“It’s an exciting time to be in Port Canaveral, and I can guarantee you it’s going to be more exciting in the next two years,” Murray said.

Here are 10 things to look forward to at Port Canaveral for 2019 and beyond:

New lineup of cruise ships in 2019

On Nov. 10, the Norwegian Epic returned to Port Canaveral, marking the first of six major changes to the port’s ship lineup for the coming year.


• April 12: The Norwegian Sun returns to Port Canaveral. Murray revealed the ship would be based at the port year-round, rather than seasonally. As was the case during 2018, some of Sun’s 2019 cruises will be to Cuba.

Sun was built in 2001 and has a capacity of 1,936, based on double-occupancy of its cabins.

• May 6: Royal Caribbean shuffles its ship lineup at Port Canaveral, as Harmony of the Seas replaces Oasis of the Seas. Harmony entered service in 2016 and is a newer ship than Oasis, which dates to 2009.

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