A plaque exchange on Monday was followed by a toast in Azamara Onward's Atlas Bar, which specializes in destination-inspired cocktails and light bites.
'Azamara has been an important part of our local community since its inception in 2007, and we are delighted to now welcome the latest addition to its fleet here in the cruise capital of the world,' Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava said.
Azamara is based in the Coconut Grove neighborhood with a team of more than 150 shoreside employees that continues to grow.
Azamara President Carol Cabezas thanked the mayor, Miami-Dade County commissioners, Miami-Dade Beacon Council and the PortMiami team for celebrating the first time Azamara Onward docked in 'our hometown.'
'As a newly independent company, we have seen tremendous growth in Miami and beyond as we’ve doubled our international shoreside team, and we look forward to what’s to come for Azamara,' she added.
Azamara Onward is embarking on Caribbean cruises and in January will make its debut in Central and South America, a region the line recently returned to for the first time since early 2020.
2024 world cruise from Port Everglades
In 2024, Onward will come back to Florida for its inaugural 155-night world voyage, beginning at Port Everglades and visiting more than 40 countries with 22 overnight stays and 27 late nights in port.