PortMiami is currently one of the largest cargo ports in the U.S. as well as the world’s busiest cruise ship port, serving over 5.5 million cruise passengers annually between seven operating passenger cruise terminals: A, C, D, E, F, G, and J. One of these terminals was purpose-built for Royal Caribbean Cruises, while four more company-specific facilities are currently in either their planning or construction stages. The port of Miami also serves as the headquarters of many of the world’s largest cruise ship companies, accommodating the operations of major cruise lines such as: CarnivalNorwegianMSC, Royal Caribbean, and several others.

Situated at the mouth of the Miami River in Biscayne Bay, the port is located on Dodge Island, an artificial island which is a combination and enlargement of three historic islands — Dodge, Lummus, and Sam’s Islands. It is connected to Downtown Miami by a causeway over the Intracoastal Waterway and to neighboring Watson Island via the PortMiami Tunnel. Formally known as the “Dante B. Fascell Port of Miami”, in honor of the 19-term Florida Congressman, PortMiami accounts for some 334,500 jobs and has an annual economic impact to Florida of around $43 billion.

A timeline of some recent projects at the port include:

  • 1993 – The port was dredged and deepened to 42 feet.
  • 2006 – A South Harbor expansion was finished.
  • 2011 – Reconnection of the port to the mainland via railroad was begun.
  • 2013 – The port was dredged and deepened again, this time to 52 feet.
  • 2019 – A deal was approved by the Miami-Dade Tourism board and the Ports Committee allowing for Royal Caribbean to build a new office and parking garage on the island.

As of October 2019, the following cruise ships are homeported at PortMiami:

  • Carnival – Conquest, HorizonSensation, and Victory;
  • Norwegian – Breakaway and Sky;
  • MSC – Armonia and Seaside;
  • Royal Caribbean – Empress of the SeasNavigator of the Seas, and Symphony of the Seas (the largest cruise ship in the world by gross tonnage).

  • Visited: Jan 2009, Mar 2014, Feb 2020


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