Carnival Expands Canaveral Fleet
with Larger, Newer Ships

Starting in February 2016, Carnival Cruise Lines passengers sailing from Port Canaveral will have the larger Carnival Victory as their vessel for shorter vacations and in December 2016, those seeking weeklong Caribbean cruises will have the new Carnival Magic as an option.
Carnival Victory will replace the Sensation, providing the popular three-and-four-day Bahamas itinerary with a 34-percent larger vessel that offers a greater variety of on-board features and amenities, including more than 500 balcony staterooms.
In addition, Carnival Magic will reposition to Canaveral, giving access to the line's newest class of ship and features such as a WaterWorks aqua park, Cucina del Capitano family-style Italian restaurant and SportSquare outdoor recreation area.
"We are significantly 'upping our game' in Port Canaveral with the addition of these great new ships to the important and growing Central Florida market," said Christine Duffy, Carnival's president. "When these ships join the spectacular Carnival Sunshine, this dynamic trio of 'Fun Ships' will offer our guests and valued travel agent partners with the widest array of attractive and convenient cruising options from the Space Coast," she added.
"We thank Carnival Cruise Lines for offering these exciting vacation options from Port Canaveral, and we are pleased that our strong partnership continues to grow and improve with the variety of diverse ships sailing from Orlando's Port," said Port Canaveral CEO John E. Walsh. "Today's announcements of these new deployments, coupled with recently announced Carnival Sunshine and Carnival Valor schedules, will allow a variety of options for short and longer cruises, with Bermuda now among the choices from Central Florida's Port of Choices."

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Cove Expansion Moves Toward Construction

The Cove at Port Canaveral Development - Update, April 2015
The Cove Development at Port Canaveral
April 2015
In the process of making the dream of a bigger and better Cove into a visitor-attracting, income-producing, job-creating reality, three important steps are under way.
Site planning is being finalized for a new Phase 1 location along Mullet Drive and Flounder Street, between Cruise Terminal 1 and the Exploration Tower. The 14-acre site is expected to include 60,000 square feet of new retail and restaurant space plus a 200-room full-service and upscale hotel. As part of this process, design standards for the project's coastal-casual look are being written and they will be incorporated in all future Cove leases.

A ground lease agreement between the Port Authority and its chosen development team of Sooner Investment and Collett will be signed in May or June, which will permit the developer to proceed with construction and leasing.
The Sooner team already is marketing the project to potential tenants, approaching key large retailers first to build critical mass for the project and then a mix of smaller businesses. "We already have soft commitments for 20 percent of Phase 1," said Chris Challis of the Sooner team. "We have so much good information to put in front of potential tenants, it has made this atypical project quite easy to market."

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The Cargo Side of Cruise Brings Opportunities

An impressive container-loading operation took place at the Port in March which required the teamwork of an array of capable local companies. It was one of the largest operations of its kind at the Port to date, but it didn't involve a cargo ship. Local logistics, transportation, stevedoring and security experts came together to load about 40 ocean containers and 30 tractor trailers onboard cruise ship Explorer of the Seas, bound for drydock in Spain.

The containers held the supplies and tools needed for the ocean voyage plus the ship's upcoming renovation. Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines hired approximately 1,000 special maritime contractors to perform the renovation work, much of which took place during the voyage.

Nearly 100 local workers were on the ground to coordinate the process, unload arriving trucks, move containers from on-site storage areas to the dock, drive the cranes that placed the containers in carefully plotted positions on the ship and provide security for the operation. In addition to representatives from Royal Caribbean, the project involved Port tenants American Cruise-Aid Logistics, Ceres Marine Terminals, McRoberts Protective Agency and Ambassador Services and local Beyel Brothers Crane and American Guard Services.

The economic impact of the project extended to local hotels and restaurants that accommodated renovation contractors from throughout the world as they gathered in preparation for the working voyage to Spain.

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Victory Casino Cruises' Success
Supports Local Jobs and Business
Victory Casino Cruises Celebrates Millionth Passenger at Port Canaveral
Victory Casino Cruises Celebrates Millionth Passenger at Port Canaveral
In March, after three years of operation at Port Canaveral, Victory Casino Cruises welcomed aboard its one millionth customer, a milestone that illustrates the success of the company's focus on taking care of its customers and community.

Victory recognized that there was more than one reason for people to take a partial-day cruise, and defined a dual market of casino-goers and those who just want to enjoy a boat ride and entertainment. By implementing programs to attract both segments, the company has built a loyal customer base, growing revenue stream and beneficial economic impact.

The company has created 450 to 500 new direct local jobs with a $10 million annual payroll. Spending for local goods and services such as food, fuel, ship parts, additional transportation and many other items is significant. Victory is committed to a policy of local sourcing whenever possible and about 90 percent of the operational needs of its 1300-passenger ship, Victory I, and fleet of more than a dozen buses are met by local companies.
The popular cruises also draw new visitors into the area who spend money locally, both pre- and post-cruise and in returning to the area to explore more of its recreational opportunities. About eighty percent of Victory passengers come from more than 50 miles away.

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Fitch Affirms 'A' Bond Rating,
Stable Outlook for Canaveral

With $617 million in capital projects planned and under way for expansion of its cruise and cargo operations moving forward, Canaveral Port Authority has received Fitch's  'A' rating for $26.9 million of outstanding revenue bonds, series 2005 and 2006 A&B, and a rating of 'stable' for all Port bonds.
Fitch attributed the rating affirmation to Port Canaveral's established operating history, recent sustained tourism-related revenue growth and the corresponding favorable operating contracts and cost management, aggressive, but flexible, capital program and no anticipated borrowing. In addition, Fitch viewed Port Canaveral's conservative debt structure, modest leverage, and strong coverage metrics as credit strengths.
"Our commitment remains to sound fiscal planning and capital investment as we expand our cruise and cargo operations with our network of international and regional partners," said Port Canaveral CEO John E. Walsh. "Our strength lies in our flexibility."
According to Chief Financial Officer Rodger Rees, "The market continues to be flexible in adjusting to our borrowing needs while we continue to be aggressive in our efforts to diversify our revenue. At the same time, we plan to maintain a deliberate, calculated approach to achieving our growth initiatives."
At the end of 2014, Port Canaveral had $26.9 million in total outstanding port revenue bonds and $182.7 million in private placement bonds.

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Carnival Cruise Lines Honors
Local Eco-tour Operator

FunDay Tour, operating as a eco-tour excursion out of Port Canaveral, has received the prestigious "Caribbean's Leading Tour Operator" award from Carnival Cruise Lines. The highly coveted commendation is in recognition of FunDay Tour's dedication, exceptional performance and professionalism.


The award ceremony was held March 15, 2015 aboard the Carnival Sunshine docked in Port Canaveral. Carnival commented that nearly 11 million guests go on a cruise on one of its 100 ships operated by the nine global brands.  In all, Carnival Corporation and its brands offer more than 20,000 shore excursions at 725 destinations around the world.

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