Welcome Back Disney Magic, Great to Meet You Carnival Victory

Changes to Port Canaveral’s homeported fleet in February increased the number of guests who can enjoy its popular three- and four-night cruises to the Caribbean.

On February 4, 2,700-passenger Disney Magic rejoined younger sisters Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy. Significantly renovated in 2013, the ship that premiered here in 1998 returns at regular intervals with popular onboard features and a Nassau-Castaway Cay itinerary.

On February 25, Carnival Cruise Lines replaced the 2,056-passenger Carnival Sensation with the 2,754-passenger Carnival Victory on its short Bahamas cruises. The switch provides guests with a greater variety of on-board amenities, including 2015 additions such as the Alchemy Bar and Skybox Sports Bar.

Canaveral Joins Green Marine 
as 100th Participant

The Canaveral Port Authority (CPA) has joined the Green Marine environmental certification program, a North American initiative committed to advancing environmental excellence in maritime transportation. This marks a major milestone as the Canaveral Port Authority is the 100th participant to join Green Marine.

Commission Chairman Jerry Allender says protecting the environment is one of the port’s most important duties. “It’s our  
responsibility to maintain – and when necessary restore – the critical balance of physical conditions that allows Port Canaveral to fulfill its many functions. For an environmentally sensitive area as large and active as Port Canaveral, this requires a day-in day-out commitment.”

Proud to be “Made in Brevard”

In January, the third annual Made in Brevard Showcase was held in Port Canaveral’s Cruise Terminal 6, where an impressive diversity of local manufacturers displayed products from miniature components to 3D designs to turbine-powered race cars. 

The Economic Development Commission of Florida’s Space Coast (EDC), Cocoa Beach Regional Chamber of Commerce, Melbourne Regional Chamber of East Central Florida, Greater Palm Bay Chamber of Commerce and Titusville Area Chamber of Commerce joined to promote and celebrate companies that make products within Brevard County. 

Port Commissioner Wayne Justice was the keynote speaker for the evening’s “Celebrating Manufacturing” EDC Investor Meeting. 

At the event, Palm Bay-based Larson Motorsports, Inc. was recognized as Innovation Company of the Year for its high-performance-vehicle development. Cocoa-based Paragon Plastics was named Manufacturer of the Year for its significant local investment in new facilities and an expanded work force.

Container ship M/V Norderoog makes its historical arrival in port on January 31.

Weekly Container Service Begins

The first containers began flowing through the GT USA-operated Canaveral Cargo Terminal in January with the start of weekly visits by StreamLine’s Blue Stream liner service. Port Canaveral is the sole stop in the United States for this refrigerated and dry container service, which also visits Central America, the Caribbean and Europe. 

Rotating five ships with 1300 TEU capacity, the Blue Stream service offers one of the fastest services from Florida to Europe at just 11 days, with three-day transit from Central America to Port Canaveral. 

The service provides a Central Florida gateway that can help reduce inland transportation costs for Central American imports and move perishable products to market faster. At the same time, it creates an efficient outlet for Florida shippers to export products such as peanuts, corn, melons and other agricultural commodities directly to Europe.

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