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Florida Cruise Homeport Spotlight: Port of Miami
Established in the 19th century when Henry Flagler extended his East Coast Railroad to Miami and started collecting dockage fees, the Port of Miami, the first port in history to serve one million passengers annually in 1976, is often referred to as the "Cruise Capital of the World" as more than four million passengers pass through its terminals annually (4,150,000 passengers in 2010). Passengers usually have all manner of sailings to choose from, on typically 18 ships or more sailing out of this embarkation/disembarkation port annually. Available cruises include three-, four-, five-, seven-, eight-, nine-, 10-, 11-day and longer voyages. Cruise itineraries sail primarily to the Caribbean, but passengers are able to choose voyages to South America, Trans-Panama Canal to the Mexican Riviera, Trans-Atlantic to Europe and to other destinations from the Port of Miami as well.
By Georgina Cruz