Norwegian Cruise Line has unveiled plans on a futuristic new cruise terminal at PortMiami, Florida. Construction on the stunning new facility in Miami is set to begin in May 2018 and continues the partnership with the city which started back in 1966. Let’s take a look at the terminal details which will complement the ever-changing terminals of the port.
New Norwegian Cruise Line Terminal Details
The new NCL cruise terminal is still pending approval by the Miami-Dade County Board of County Commissioners but should get the green light with no issues. The project is set to start this May and be completed in fall 2019. The terminal will be ready to welcome Norwegian Cruise Line’s newest cruise ship Norwegian Encore, a Breakaway-Plus class vessel.
Frank Del Rio, president and chief executive officer of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd, said:
“Norwegian has been sailing from Miami for over fifty years, longer than any other cruise line, and we are honored to be partnering with PortMiami and Miami-Dade County to construct an iconic terminal that will contribute to Miami’s world famous skyline and strengthen its position as the Cruise Capital of the World,”
“This terminal marks the latest step in our continual efforts to strengthen our presence in strategic home ports around the world. We look forward to welcoming Norwegian Encore and the thousands of guests sailing on Norwegian Cruise Line and her sister brands to this state-of-the-art terminal.”
Miami-Dade County will invest $100 Million into the new facility for NCL and it will bring many more jobs and the ability to berth another large 5,000 capacity cruise ship.
NCL Cruise Terminal Photos
Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez, said:
“Investing in PortMiami’s infrastructure positions Miami as a global destination for visitors.”
“The construction of a new cruise terminal with the capacity to berth an additional 5,000-passenger cruise ship represents thousands of jobs and increased opportunities for our community. We are grateful for Norwegian Cruise Line’s continued partnership.”
Globally recognized for their award-winning designs and projects around the world, the Miami-based firm of Bermello Ajamil & Partners Inc., was selected to design the new terminal. The project will be constructed to LEED Silver standards, focusing on innovation in design and terminal operation to create a platform that will optimize energy performance, indoor air quality, water efficiencies and maximize the use of local materials and resources. After the press conference, attendees were able to get a close-up look of the new terminal through an interactive 3D virtual reality experience and model on display.
Luis Ajamil, president and chief executive officer of Bermello Ajamil & Partners, Inc, said:
“The new Norwegian terminal will set the standard for passenger comfort and experience and will become an iconic building on Miami’s waterfront, a true representation of the role that Norwegian and PortMiami played as the pioneers of modern cruising.”
The modern terminal draws its inspiration from a nautilus, with its spiraled and multi-level façade, opening up to grand ocean views. Once complete it will be the new “pearl” of Miami, redefining the landscape of the city’s skyline. Innovative lighting, inviting indoor and outdoor waiting areas and other guest-centric elements will enhance the overall passenger experience.
At nearly 166,500 square feet, the debuting Norwegian terminal will accommodate ships of up to 5,000 passengers, and feature new technology to support faster and more efficient embarkation and disembarkation processes, as well as expedited security screening and luggage check-in. A dedicated lounge and service area will facilitate a warm and welcoming sense of arrival for large groups and charters, and a new parking garage, and valet parking area with direct access to the terminal and lounge are also scheduled to be completed.
Another Modern New Cruise Terminal
The view of PortMiami is changing with new modern cruise terminals taking shape, just to remind us how fast the industry is growing at the cruise capital of the world! In 2016 Royal Caribbean announced a stunning new facility at PortMiami and it will be completed in time for when Symphony of the Seas begins Caribbean cruises from there later this year.
MSC Cruises has also been expanding operations at the popular Florida port and recently completed the upgrade of Terminal F with new enhancements to cater for larger cruise ships including the new MSC Seaside which just recently sailing from Miami in December 2017.