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Miami…Fort Lauderdale…Port Rashid…

Notice the apparent disconnect?

Well, not so fast.

The acknowledged kinds of cruise ports are  Miami and Fort Lauderdale. Proven to send more than eight million people off on their favorite cruise ships every year. Gateways to the Caribbean, primarily, and that’s still where most people go on their first cruise. Also their second, third, fourth…

Port Rashid?

That’s the new, world-class cruise port in Dubai. It opened on Friday. It is the largest cruise terminal in the world, and there’s a lot of that kind of thing happening in the Port Rashidoil-rich United Arab Emirates, probably for decades now. It’s capable of handling 14,000 passengers every day. Joining two older terminals at the port, it’s capable of handling more than seven million passengers every year.

That’s almost Miami and Fort Lauderdale combined.

Granted, it’s still speculation…and this is the Middle East.

Port Everglades (Fort Lauderdale) was Porthole Cruise Magazine’s “Best Domestic Port” and “World’s Top Cruise Port” in 2013. It was home to nine cruise lines, 43 cruise ships and several times broke daily records for number of passengers processed.

Is there a challenger on the horizon?

Today at portsandbows.com: Amber Cove…coming in 2015

Crown Princess
3 nights
January 3, 2015
Los Angeles (return): Ensenada
Inside: $149
Cost per day: $49
www.princess.com

Dubba-dubba-dubba…Dubai!

If you’ve ever received one of those emails with a series of photos detailing the opulence of Dubai (aka, where our gas profits have gone), as we have, then the thought of going there on a cruise probably isn’t as far-fetched as it was.
How?
Costa Cruise Lines has two ships in the area, and Royal Caribbean re-positioned its Brilliance to be there in time for the opening of the new terminal at Port Rashid. As of January this year, the terminal has been able to accommodate four ships at once – no tendering here, at least not yet – and passenger arrivals this year are expected to exceed 300,000.
It’s a long haul for those of us on this side of the water, so most of the visitors will come from Europe and areas more geographically accessible. However, 20 years ago, who would have considered flying from the U.S. to the U.A.E. (United Arab Emirates), nonstop from New York?
That’s it, we’re done.

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