Certain ports dominate the cruise world. While there are numerous ports the world over, many passengers flock to these destinations to catch their ship. These are the busiest cruise ports in the world.
Port of Miami
Given the city's reputation as a party town and its location, it should come as no surprise that Miami is the busiest cruise port in the world. The city is known as the "Cruise Capital of the World" for good reason. Last year, nearly 5.4 million passengers made their way through the port city.
That number is likely to continue to grow. The port is expanding, adding new terminals that will bring more ships and therefore more passengers to the city. Once current expansion efforts are complete, an estimated 1.5 million additional passengers could pass through the port in 2020.
The second largest cruise port in the world is also located in Florida, mostly due to its proximity to the Caribbean. In 2017, Port Canaveral reported more than 4.5 million passengers logged. In the years since, that number has only grown.
The city has five cruise terminals, which see cruise lines including Carnival, Disney, Norwegian and Royal Caribbean International docking at them. Given the popularity of those cruise lines combined with Cape Canaveral's status as a destination itself, it's easy to see why so many people pass through the port every year.
Port of Cozumel
Many lists show Port Everglades as the third busiest cruise port in the world, but at least for the time being, it has some competition. In 2018, tourism officials in Cozumel reported that the port logged more than 4 million passengers, narrowly edging out Port Everglades.
The island in Mexico is a tourist destination in its own right but is also a stop for several major cruise lines. You'll find Mayan-themed attractions, duty-free shopping and plenty of outdoor activities like scuba diving available.
Yet another major cruise port is located in Florida, though this one may not keep its spot for long. Port Everglades posted record numbers in 2018, but it seems that it may have lost out on the number three spot it enjoyed for so long. In 2018, the port reported more than 3.8 million passengers.
Whether or not it regains the title of the third busiest cruise port in the world, Port Everglades remains an important port to Florida. It's the number one seaport by revenue in Florida, and a large part of this comes from cruise traffic.
Port of Nassau
Coming in at number five is the Port of Nassau on the island of New Providence in the Bahamas. Given the popularity of the Bahamas, the approximately 3.6 million passengers the cruise port saw in 2017 almost seems on the low side.
That year a total of 796 cruise ships passed through the port, and that seems like it's just the beginning. Officials aim to develop the port further, which would make way for more cruise ships and with them, more passengers.