For most people, setting out on a cruise is an exciting and long-anticipated experience. We understand. After all, a vacation aboard a cruise ship is full of so much to see and do. From the onboard activities to the shore excursions, there is never a reason to be bored. However, you have all the right in the world to want to simply sit back and enjoy your experience! We would not blame you one bit.
While you are preparing to kick up your feet under the blue skies for a few days, you may be wondering about the kinds of ports that you will visit on your journey. After all, a key aspect of any cruise vacation is docking in ports–you’ll do so at the beginning of your trip when you embark, at the end of your trip as you return home, and perhaps multiple times along the way! So have you been wondering, “What is the biggest port in the world?” If so, you have come to the right place.
Florida is Home to the Largest Cruise Ports
Although there are many large ports in the world, the largest happens to be the Port of Miami, often referred to as Port Miami. This port is home to several major cruise lines, and sees almost five million passengers each year!
However, Port Miami is not the only major port in the world. Port Everglades, in Fort Lauderdale, and Port Canaveral, in Orlando, also boast a bustling cruise port scene. Unsurprisingly, all of the world’s largest ports are located in Florida.
As Americans make up a large quantity of cruise ship passengers every year, and given Florida’s close proximity to the Caribbean, Mexico, the Bahamas, and more, it seems only logical that the world’s largest ports would be located there.
So, whether you are embarking on a cruise in the future, or have done so in the past, it is good to remember that any departures or arrivals involving these major cruise ports will likely be on the larger end of the scale. But what does this mean for your safety?
How This Impacts You
Maritime lawyer, Jason Margulies explains that since Florida is home to the world’s largest cruise ports, it is also home to the headquarters of the world’s largest cruise lines. “Most of the world’s largest cruise lines: Carnival, Royal Caribbean, Celebrity, and Norwegian Cruise Lines have their headquarters located in Miami, Florida. Consequently, they also insert enforceable clauses into their passenger tickets requiring passengers to bring claims against them in courts located in South Florida – and, in most cases, in the Federal Courts located in the Southern District of Florida. Also, the cruise lines require, in most cases, that a lawsuit be filed within one year of the date of the incident which caused the injury – and that the cruise line receive written notice of the claim within six months from the date of the incident. As such, an injured cruise passenger must act quickly and prudently to preserve their rights!” “If you file a lawsuit against a cruise line in a court other than the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida; or after one year from the date of incident – in most cases you will be unable to pursue your claim against a cruise line headquartered in Miami,” warns Mr. Margulies!
Often times, passengers and crewmembers become the victims of accident or injury due to conditions and situations are out of their control. If you have suffered due to what you believe to be cruise line negligence, you can rest assured that a maritime lawyer on our team is here to help.
So before your situation becomes too much to bear, do not hesitate to contact us.