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Navigating Nightmare Ports: Top 6 Crowded Cruise Terminal Hubs

There arguably isn’t a better vacation experience than the luxury of traveling via cruise ship. Cruise ships offer an unbeatable value proposition, as their all-inclusive nature provides everything a traveler can ask for. Unsurprisingly, cruises are as popular as ever these days.

If you’ve ever wondered what the busiest cruise ports in the world are, it’s your lucky day: here are the top six.

Boasting over four million passengers in 2022, Port Canaveral is the busiest cruise port in the world. If you want to embark on an open-seas adventure as an American, you will most likely embark from Florida.

1. Port Canaveral

It shouldn’t be a surprise that Miami’s reputation as the party capital of the United States catapults them to second place on this list, thanks to over four million passengers traveling through their port in 2022.

2. Port Miami

By now, you’ve undoubtedly realized that Florida is countless cruise companies’ de facto home base! In 2022, 55 cruise ships called Florida home due to the state’s proximity to vacation destinations like the Caribbean, Mexico, and even Europe.

3. Port Everglades

If you’ve ever visited Mexico’s Riviera Maya, chances are you’ve arrived and departed from the Port of Cozumel. The port is Mexico’s busiest by a large margin, greeting over 3.6 million guests annually.

4. Port of Cozumel

The Bahamas is one of Earth’s most naturally beautiful places and one of the most popular cruise destinations. Boasting over 3.5 million passengers annually, the Port of Nassau is the gateway to the Bahamas.

5. Port of Nassau

As the most populous nation in the world, it isn’t surprising that China is home to one of the busiest cruise ports. The Port of Shanghai welcomes a little less than three million passengers annually, but it also boasts another recognition: it is one of the busiest cargo ports.

6. Port of Shanghai

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