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While it sounds like a nature reserve, Port Everglades is actually a powerhouse of cruise ships and cargo boats. This massive Broward County harbor has annual operating revenues of more than $66 million annually, and more than 5,300 ships call here in a year. Make no mistake, this seaport is a heavyweight hub for all big floaty boats, and cruise enthusiasts are likely to set sail from this locale at one time or another.
Originally known as Lake Mabel, Port Everglades was officially established as a deep water harbor in 1927 and has since grown to become one of South Florida's strongest economic engines with annual operating revenues of more than $66 million and total waterborne commerce exceeding 23 million tons in liquid, bulk and containerized cargoes. More than 5,300 ships call at Port Everglades in a year forming the basis of a diverse maritime operation that includes a thriving cruise industry and a reputation as the "world's best cruise port," a growing containerized cargo business that establishes Port Everglades among the nation's top seaports, a major petroleum storage and distribution hub, South Florida's primary bulk cargo depot and a favorite U.S. Navy liberty port.