Port Canaveral was recently named most-improved by Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) due to a 15.2% increase in passengers.

 

Photo credit: SCOT

Photo credit: SCOT

 

In 2012, Port Canaveral saw more than 1.7 million cruisers through its port terminals. This is the second year in a row that Port Canaveral has shown a 15% jump in embarkations, which helped Florida claim 60% of the cruising industry's market share.The cruise industry study also reported a total of $7 billion in direct spending pumped into Florida's economy primarily in travel agencies, hotels, airlines, restaurants and other service providers.

The Port's share looks like it will only grow since officials recently voted to seek proposals from companies interested in designing a new terminal that could handle the largest cruise ships carrying up to 6,000-passengers.

The proposed $75 million cruise terminal and parking garage project could open as early as November 2014.