What is the Biggest Port in the United States?

Lipcon, Margulies, Alsina & Winkleman, P.A

When you set out on a cruise vacation, you are likely looking for some time away from the hustle and bustle of your life. Cruises are one of the best ways to relax, offering you the pleasures of the land and sea, all in one vacation. There is so much to see and do, both on your cruise ship and in your ports of calls that picking your departure Port has become almost as important as your destinations.

Therefore, for those of you wondering, “What is the biggest port in the United States?” let us give you that answer.

Port Miami Reigns Supreme

There are several major ports in the U.S. If you have been on a cruise, or are planning to take one in the future, then you may have an idea of some of the most popular cruise ports. They are the ones have the greatest number of arrivals and departures on a yearly basis, shuttling passengers, and crewmembers to the idyllic ports of call that are scheduled on their itineraries.

In the United States, the biggest cruise port is Port Miami. In 2015, the port saw almost 5 million passengers. This is understandable, considering that it is the global headquarters for Carnival Cruise Line, Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises, Regent Seven Seas Cruises, and Royal Caribbean International. These are arguably the heavyweights of the industry, with countless voyages planned every year.

However, not just these cruise lines call Port Miami home. Another 18 lines use the port, contributing to its’ high volume of passengers every year. This is no surprise, given its access to the Caribbean, the Bahamas, Central, and South America.

Is Bigger Always Better?

With so much activity at this port, you may be wondering just how safe it is? While we understand your concern, it is important to remember that there are positives and negatives to traveling from a high volume port. Although you may feel that it is somewhat more crowded and less intimate than a smaller port, it is likely that you may also find it better equipped and able to offer you better itineraries to your ideal destinations. Therefore, it may be more likely to suit your needs.

Regardless of the size of the port out of which you depart, it is important to remember that accidents and injuries can happen when you least expect it. As a result, you will need to remain mindful of your surroundings from the moment you set off on your vacation, until you arrive back home.

That said, as maritime lawyers, we understand that even the best-made plans are sometimes overturned. Despite your sincere efforts to stay out of harm’s way, you may find yourself the victim of an accident or injury. Should this be the case know that our team is here to help. So do not hesitate to contact us.