Cruise & Ferry Review - Spring/Summer 2023

184 Bodrum Cruise Port, Turkey Bodrum was one of the most popular cruise destinations in the Eastern Mediterranean in 2022 and the port is expecting an even busier year in 2023, with the season opening in March. To improve its operations, Bodrum Cruise Port will be expanding its security screening area, which will reduce passenger wait times. The port expects 2023 to be an excellent year for Bodrum with many cruises and ferry crossings to the many Greek islands nearby. Port Canaveral, USA Port Canaveral in Florida is the busiest cruise port in the world, according to the recent ‘Seaport Mission Plan’ that was published by the Florida Seaport Transportation and Economic Development Council, and is North America’s first LNG cruise port. Many of the largest and most technologically advanced cruise ships in the world call Port Canaveral home and it hosts nearly six million cruise passengers annually at its six terminals. The port’s easy-access location on the east coast of Florida makes it the perfect launching point for cruises to the Eastern, Western and Southern Caribbean, The Bahamas, and other tropical islands. Port Canaveral is also conveniently located near major international airports and is a popular drive-to destination. It is also close to Orlando’s theme parks and attractions. Port Milwaukee, USA Milwaukee is becoming the turnaround port of choice for international cruise lines operating on the Great Lakes. This has led Port Milwaukee to construct the South Shore Cruise Dock to serve as the future home for Seawaymax vessels (which fit through the canal locks of the St. Lawrence Seaway, linking the inland Great Lakes of North America with the Atlantic Ocean). Thanks to this investment, more cruise vessels will have a home base at the South Shore Cruise Dock while guests visiting Milwaukee can extend their stay in local hotels, dine in local restaurants and enjoy all the great things the city offers. Port Milwaukee is anticipating a prosperous future as it welcomes more international cruise lines to operate on the shores of Lake Michigan. FEATURE