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- Carnival Breeze Welcomed to the Port
Tuesday, May 07, 2013
The City of Key West this week welcomed a new cruise ship to the harbor. The Carnival Breeze, whose sister ship Magic first came to town last year, made its first port call on Monday
Port of Key West Mission
A public benefit City department providing maritime, real estate services, and management of infrastructure to enhance the local economy, providing recreational opportunities for its citizens, and at the same time protecting both our heritage and the marine environment for future generations.
History of Port of Key West
In 1969 the Port of Key West received its first regularly scheduled cruise ship; it was the SUNWARD.She called on Key West once a month.The Sunward moored at either the Navy's Mole or Pier B facility. Records indicate that between 1969 and 1984 the Port of Key West received 266 port calls.In 1999 fiscal year 415 cruise ships called on the Port of Key West allowing 597,009 passengers to experience Key West's charm, many making return trips to complete their Key West experience.
It wasn't until 1984 that the City Commission, at the recommendation of City staff, made improvements to the City-owned Mallory Dock, making it a full cruise ship docking facility.
The Port of Key West now consists of three docking facilities:Mallory Square Dock, Pier B (privately owned) and the Navy Mole.
A schedule indicating when a particular cruise ship will be calling on Key West is available at both the Port Office, and online.The schedule is subject to changes due to the weather and other unforeseen circumstances.If you wish to meet a friend traveling to Key West on a cruise ship a simple phone call to the Port office will provide you with the information that will insure you have a pleasant visit.