I was just reading on Maritime Matters about the financial contributions of various ships to the port. And which ship contributed the most revenues to the port? One of the Princess mega shopping carts? One of the slew of HAL's "dam" ships that clog the ports on weekends? A casino vessel that departs twice every day?

None of the above. The little old Regal Empress was Port Everglades' number one revenue producer for the fiscal year 2004, according to the Port Everglades Passenger Ship Revenue and Volume Report. She generated $2.8 million for the fiscal year ending in September. She also carried the second highest total of passengers, 246,000. Not bad for a classic ship!

Check out the "shipping news" on the Maritime Matters website for the news quote.