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Port Everglades Breaks World Record For Cruise Guests In A Single Day With 54,700 Passengers

Sunday, March 13, was a busy day for Port Everglades. Record-breakingly busy.

Port Everglades saw more than 54,700 cruise-goers sail in and out that day, breaking its own world record for the most cruise guests at port in a single day, according to port officials.

That's enough cruise passengers to fill all of the seats at the BB&T Center about three times, or close to 130 Boeing 747 jumbo jets.

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This is the second time this cruise season that Port Everglades, consistently ranked as one of the three busiest cruise ports in the world, has broken its own world record. The previous record—set on Dec. 20, 2015—was 53,485 passengers.

Port Everglades hosted eight cruise ships on Sunday, March 13: Carnival Cruise Line's Carnival Conquest, Celebrity Cruises' Celebrity Silhouette, Holland America Line's Eurodam and Nieuw Amsterdam, Princess Cruises' Regal Princess and Royal Princess, and Royal Caribbean International's Allure of the Seas and Navigator of the Seas.

These same eight ships were at port in December, but officials credit spring break travelers with filling up the ships to a new record-setting level this March.

Port Everglades Chief Executive and Director Steven Cernak noted the record-breaking day was well timed with the start of the Seatrade Cruise Global convention at the Greater Fort Lauderdale-Broward County Convention Center. Seatrade, which began Monday, is being held in Fort Lauderdale for the first time after 27 years in Miami. It is expected to have an economic impact of more than $10 million on the area. 

(Image via Facebook/Port Everglades)