Port Everglades claims the world title for hosting the most passengers in a single day on Dec. 21, 2003, with 44,108 passengers.
'If Port Everglades hadn't already set the world record in 2003, this past Sunday would have done the trick. We were just one sailing short of surpassing our own world record,' said port director Phil Allen.
Allen noted that on an average winter Sunday, the port handles approximately 10 to 12 cruise ships and 30,000 to 35,000 passengers. Sunday was extra busy, Allen said, due to 'the overlapping of cruise line schedules and the popularity of cruises during the winter season.'
Though the port hosted 12 ships on Sunday, many were much larger than on the previous record day and therefore carried more passengers. Port Everglades' previous passenger record was set with 15 ships.
Multi-day cruise vessels on Feb. 26 included: Carnival Liberty, Infinity, Summit, Costa Mediterranea, Costa Magica, Westerdam, Regal Empress, MSC Lirica, Star Princess and Sun Princess. Day-cruise ships Discovery Sun and Island Adventure shared one berth.