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Florida's Fastest Growing Cruise Port
According to 2011 statistics compiled by Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), Port Canaveral is the fastest growing cruise port in Florida.

Port Canaveral, the third busiest cruise port in the nation, dramatically outpaced the state average with a 15.1 percent increase in embarkations, or nearly 200,000 more passengers than in 2010.

Because of the predominantly family market, which translates into more passengers per stateroom, the Port's homeported vessels typically sail at or above 100 percent capacity. Satisfied cruise lines have fueled recent growth by bringing in larger ships and additional new vessels.
 
Unaudited figures point to even stronger cruise growth for Port Canaveral during recently ended fiscal year 2012. The number of passengers embarking on homeported ships rose to 1.74 million, an increase of nearly 24 percent over 2011.

For additional information, see the electronic Port Canaveral Magazine.
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There's No Place Like Our Homeport
Guests 'Follow the Yellow Brick Road' from the
mezzanine to the ceremony on the first floor.
"There's No Place Like
Our Homeport"
For its formal opening event, brand new Cruise Terminal 6 (CT6) welcomed a girl, a lion, a scarecrow, a tin man, local business and political leaders and the United Way of Brevard. The Port Authority turned the celebration into a benefit for the community, an OZ-themed kick-off for the 2012 fund-raising campaign of the United Way of Brevard.
 
After hors d'oeuvres on the terminal's spacious mezzanine and dinner, Carnival Chief Marketing Officer Jim Berra, standing in for CEO Gerry Cahill, gave the keynote speech. Carnival is the cruise line with the most homeported ships at the Port - all three using Cruise Terminal 6. Berra praised the "stunning" terminal and the Port as "an integral part of the brand promise we make our guests." He also presented a corporate check for $10,000 to the United Way.

The event drew a record number of attendees for a United Way of Brevard campaign kickoff. The 2012 campaign has a $6.3 million goal, with $1.2 million raised in the pre-event "pacesetter" phase of the campaign. Port staff and tenants have contributed $90,000 to United Way.

For additional information and to watch a VIDEO of the event, see the electronic  Port Canaveral Magazine.
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Carnival ships at Carnival Corner
Tourism Community Explores Partnership Opportunities
In September, Carnival Cruise Lines' regional Business Development Director Susie Camposano hosted a networking event aboard the Carnival Ecstasy docked at CT6. The spotlight was on how the cruise line and local tourism community can work together to help each other increase business. A presentation highlighted the opportunities for cooperation between the two entities in serving tourists who are drawn to the area for land vacations or cruises.

Approximately 50 members of the local business/tourism community toured the Ecstasy's amenities and a sampling of its staterooms and learned about all the amenities aboard Carnival's three homeported ships. Attendees were treated to a complimentary lunch and enjoyed a trivia quiz on Carnival and its local history.

An encore of the event will be held on November 15.
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Cove Amphitheater Cove Amphitheatre
Takes Step Forward
At the September meeting, Port Commissioners approved the design budget and initiated the design phase for the amphitheatre in The Cove master plan. The amphitheatre will host events ranging from professionally sponsored concerts and plays to community-based functions. The concept is a 6,000-seat, six-acre venue with full support functions and parking for 3,000 cars.

Construction is expected to proceed in three phases. Phase 1 will cover an area of 100,000 square feet with 1,500 hard seats and between 1,000 to 1,200 lawn seats. The stage also will be built with backstage areas, dressing rooms and other support rooms, in addition to restrooms and vending. The first phase is scheduled for completion in Fall 2013.
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