Cruise passenger numbers dropped at Port Everglades in fiscal 2013, but the Fort Lauderdale port expects more business in the upcoming year.
The port processed just over 3.5 million multi-day passengers in the year that ended Sept. 30, down from nearly 3.7 million the year before. The number of cruise ship calls dropped from 838 to 774 between 2012 and 2013.
Traffic is expected to pick up in fiscal 2014. The budget forecast, which a spokeswoman said was conservative, calls for 846 cruise ship calls and 3.77 million multi-day passengers. Spokeswoman Ellen Kennedy said the port actually anticipates 4 million passengers.
PortMiami released its 2013 passenger totals earlier this month; the “cruise capital of the world” had just over 4 million people travel through its terminals during the fiscal year.