Port Canaveral: Cruise Lines See More Heads in Bunks in 2011

Port Canaveral, FL
According to a recent post on Royal Caribbean’s official blog, they’re putting heads in bunks by the thousands.
Royal Caribbean Freedom of the Seas

Especially on Florida’s Space Coast where the amount of cruising passengers for their two ships, Monarch of the Seas & Freedom of the Seas, based out of  Port Canaveral, Florida are up with nearly 360,000 having cruised so far.

And this number is equally impressive considering Royal Caribbean has only completed nine sailings from the Port since January of this year. Royal Caribbean believes the increase in passengers and their ability to compete with the three other cruise lines that sail from Port Canaveral was due to their conversion to larger ships.

Disney Cruise Lines occupancy rates have also spiked in the first half of 2011.  With heavy consumer demand not abbating anytime soon,  Disney Cruise Lines recently reported that all of their ships are sailing with a full house.  In fact, since the Disney Dream’s arrival in Port Canaveral, FL in January of this year, the 4,000 passenger ship has averaged nearly 3,800 passengers per voyage during its first five months of sailing carrying a total of more than 158,000 passengers on 42 trips.

And despite worries, that Disney’s newest ship would take away passengers from an existing ship, The Disney Magic, the ship has fared better than expected beating last year’s occupancy by 10 percent.  Unlike the Disney Dream, the Magic sails seven-night Caribbean itineraries and its about 50% smaller. From January to April, the The Disney Magic’s occupancy rate was 142.8 percent.
Carnival Cruise Line’s Ecstasy

Industry giant, Carnival Cruise Lines also posted gains in cruise passengers.  Also operating two ships out of Port Canaveral, the Carnival Ecstasy and Carnival Sensation, Carnival Cruise’s  average occupancy rate during the first six months of 2011 was 104.8 percent.

At a recent tourism development meeting, David Posten, Director of Cruise, Tourism, and Hospitality for Port Canaveral’s Port Authority, total cruise revenue was also up by 20 percent year to date.


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