US-based Port Everglades has extended its passenger terminal agreements with Carnival, allowing the leisure travel company to sail to and from the port for another five years, until 2030.
Based on a 15-year agreement signed in 2010 between Carnival and the Broward County Board of County Commissioners, Florida, US, the new addendum allows the company to preferentially use five terminals at Port Everglades.
Carnival will have preferential use of cruise terminal 4, which has been upgraded with an investment of $24m and re-opened last year.
The new long-term agreement has also allowed Carnival to preferentially use three additional terminals; cruise terminals 2, 21 and 26, along with one more terminal.
Currently, Port Everglades receives more than 3.6 million multi-day cruise passengers a year.
Port Everglades chief executive and port director Steve Cernak said: "Carnival is a critical Port Everglades partner, and its many unique cruise line brands offer guests sailing into and out of our port with a wide variety of cruise experiences and itineraries.
"Carnival has a strong, long-standing presence in the Broward County community, and the additional five years included in the agreement reinforces that commitment.
“We look forward to welcoming the newest member of Holland America Line's fleet, ms Koningsdam, to our sunny shores in November."
Carnival also plans to add a second ship from its Carnival Cruise Line brand, Carnival Splendor, to sail from Port Everglades during the next summer season.
Six Carnival cruise lines currently carry around a million-and-a-half passengers to and from Port Everglades each year.
Under the original deal with Carnival, the Port Everglades carried out a $54m cruise terminal renovation project to improve its four existing cruise terminals, which will accommodate ships from Carnival’s global cruise line brand of ships.
Both Carnival and Port Everglades will examine the opportunity for possible further improvements to Cruise Terminal 21 under the newly signed agreement.
Image: Port Everglades in Florida, US. Photo: courtesy of Carnival Corporation & plc.