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The Classic Ocean Liners and Cruise Ships of

Port Everglades, Florida in the 1960's

Four cruise ships at the two passenger terminals in Port Everglades, Florida on January 21, 1964

The two passenger terminals were at full capacity on January 21, 1964, with four liners in port. Above, from left to right: Caronia arrives from the U.K. and departs to New York; Carmania and Queen of Bermuda arrive and depart on Caribbean cruises; Santa Paula arrives from the Caribbean and sails midday to New York.

Have a look at the annual port schedule from fall 1963 to summer 1964. See the 30 ocean liners and cruise ships and study their varied itineraries, learn some interesting facts and experience the allure of the cruises and line voyages of that era.
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Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale and Hollywood, Florida, opened for cargo business in 1928 and welcomed its first passenger ships in 1931 Santa Maria at Port Everglades Pier 4 terminal in the early 1960s when the United Fruit Company Talamanca and Pastores called on their voyages between New York and Central America. The port received only occasional cruise visits in the 1930's by several well-known liners such as the Cunard Caledonia, Panama Pacific Colombia, Canadian Pacific Duchess of Richmond and Holland America Volendam. Through most of the 1940's, passenger service was interrupted by World War II and its aftermath.

Port Everglades Pier 4 terminal in the early 1960s The first regular passenger service commenced in October 1956 when the Portuguese flagship Santa Maria opened a new route from Lisbon to Port Everglades via Spain, Madeira, the Canary Islands, Venezuela, Curacao and Cuba. In 1958, a total of 14,872 passengers embarked at the port, all at the Pier 4 Terminal (present site of Cruise Terminal 2).

By the start of the 1960's, the introduction of jet aircraft threatened the end of the ocean liner business. Shipowners soon deployed their fleets on cruises in the winter off-season, and Port Everglades Port Everglades Pier 3 terminal in the early 1960s was a natural home port within easy reach of sought-after sunny destinations in the West Indies and Latin America. A second passenger terminal (now a container facility) opened at Pier 3 in 1960, and 57,014 passengers embarked at the port. A third terminal also at Pier 3 (present site of Cruise Terminal 18), opened in 1964 and the passenger count nearly doubled to 105,469.

As of 2019, Port Everglades had eight cruise terminals capable of handling the largest cruise ships. It is one of the top three cruise ports in the world (the others being Miami and Port Canaveral, Florida) and peaks at over 50,000 passengers in a single day. Annual passenger count is now about four million.

Grace Line 13 day cruises - Caribbean South America: Santa Rosa Santa Paula 1964

Caribbean & South America:

Starting July 1958, Grace Line's new luxury liners Santa Rosa and Santa Paula began calling at Port Everglades every Tuesday as part of their continuous two-week circuits from New York to Venezuela and Caribbean ports. They could be booked to and from intermediate ports, but most passengers enjoyed the full cruise. Moore McCormack's Argentina and Brasil occasionally included Port Everglades on the regular service between New York and the east coast of South America.

Sunshine All the Way Europe from Miami: tv Santa Maria via the Sunshine Route to Spain and Portugal; C.C.N. the Portuguese Line

Transatlantic & Transpacific:

Several ships operated regular routes calling at Port Everglades as they linked faraway destinations to the east and west. As mentioned, the Santa Maria linked Lisbon and Florida once every month with intermediate calls at European and Caribbean ports. The New Zealand Shipping Company's Rangitane, Rangitoto, Ruahine and Remuera connected New Zealand ports with England via the Panama Canal, calling at Port Everglades on every eastbound sailing. The Greek Queen Frederica made one call to embark passengers for Greece via Mediterranean ports.

P&O-Orient Lines Vacation Voyages 1963: Europe and Around The World


Regular around-the-world and worldwide voyages were operated by P&O-Orient Line's Canberra, Orcades and Oronsay, who added more ships and sailings as the decade went on (see Around the World with P&O-Orient Line). Nederland Line's Oranje and Royal Rotterdam Lloyd's Willem Ruys offered regular around-the-world voyages starting in 1959, with Oranje sometimes reversing direction in Holland or Australia. American President Lines' combination passenger cargoliners President Monroe and President Polk alternated calls every 100 days on a fixed westbound circuit. Even Cunard Line's illustrious Caronia called to pickup guests at the start of her annual World Cruise.

Winter Cruises:

There were five cruise ships based at Port Everglades for the full 1963/64 winter season, including Carmania, Franca C (which began cruising from the port in 1959), Hanseatic, Queen of Bermuda and Riviera Prima. The comfortable little Ariadne and the French Lines' flagship France each also made one cruise from Port Everglades.

The attractions of a cruise were the same as now .. food, service, relaxation, charming ports, entertainment and fun. Some of the most popular destinations included Nassau, San Juan, St. Thomas, Barbados, Martinique, La Guaira, Kingston and Port-au-Prince. Notably Grand Cayman and Cozumel were not found in any itinerary until the 1970s and 80s.

Intransit Calls:

Five vessels called at Port Everglades so that their passengers could visit and enjoy the local area. They did not embark or disembark new passengers. Andes and Mauretania called on cruises from the U.K., Italia was on a cruise from New York to the Bahamas and the British liners Reina Del Mar and Southern Cross called during longer line voyages.


Two notable additions to the Port Everglades fleet soon followed. In October 1965, Chandris Lines placed the 33,961-ton Australis into around-the-world service. In June 1966, Costa Line entered their 1958-built Federico C on monthly transatlantic service to Spain, France and Italy.

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