Posted April 21st, 2011, 11:06 AM
In the Florida Today newspaper:
When the new terminal is completed, possibly as soon as the summer of 2012, Canaveral Port Authority CEO J. Stanley Payne hopes to extend the port's deal with Carnival by signing a five-year or longer contract.
Port commissioners on Wednesday also approved a $34 million project to build berths at the new terminal as well as at an existing one, Cruise Terminal No. 10, and carry out dredging that will help the port accommodate the largest cruise ships.
Does this mean that RCCL is considering moving Allure or Oasis to PC?
I think you are reading much too much into this report. There are several good reasons to believe that Allure and Oasis will remain in FLL for the foreseeable future. First among them is the agreement that RCI made with Port Everglades officials when the new terminal was constructed to specifications designed to meet the requirements of Allure and Oasis. They are committed to sail a large number of passengers out of there every year, a commitment that would be more difficult to achieve if either Oasis or Allure were moved elsewhere. In addition their experience in FLL has been more than satisfactory and the proximity to a major airport is a great advantage that Port Everglades has over Port Canaveral. Canaveral also does not offer any advantages over Port Everglades as far as proximity to any likely cruise destinations.
When more details about the Sunshine Project ships are announced, there might be some reason to expect them to base at least one in Port Canaveral, but it is too early to bet any substantial sum on that happening.