Major cruise line expansion projects at PortMiami, Florida are going ahead despite the cruise industry pause on operations.
Cruise Line Terminal Expansions Are Going Ahead
The cruise industry is on pause and there is a global health crisis but fear not as the cruise capital of the world is moving forward with major expansion projects. Carnival Corporation, Disney Cruise Line, MSC Cruises, Norwegian Cruise Line, and Virgin Voyages are all expanding at the popular cruise port with either new or updated terminals and extra berths.
Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez, said:
“Miami-Dade County is committed to growing the business at PortMiami.”
“These bonds are critical to maintaining the progress at our Port. Because of its tremendous success, PortMiami is recognized as the Cruise Capital of the World and a Cargo Global Gateway. We are not stopping now!”
Officials of Miami-Dade County recently authorized the issuance of $335 million to PortMiami for the new projects which will take the port and even the cruise industry into a new era of cruising out of Miami.
Norwegian Cruise Line is in the final stages of constructing its huge new Terminal B facility. It’s a futuristic 166,500 square foot development designed by Miami-based global architecture firm Bermello Ajamil & Partners. It will be able to accommodate the largest vessels in the fleet and provide a much more advanced embarkation and debarkation process.
Carnival Cruise Line’s Terminal F will have a major upgrade and be able to cater to the new Excel-class cruise ships. The facility will be the cruise line’s largest in North America and is set to be completed in October 2022.
MSC Cruises is developing one of the slickest new cruise terminals at the port and it will in fact be the largest ever built at PortMiami. It is estimated to be completed in 2022 and will have two berths that can cater to the huge World-class cruise ships of over 2000,000 gross tons.
Virgin Voyages is making PortMiami its home with a new 100,000 square foot tropical-inspired cruise terminal. It will be located on the northwest side of the port and is slated to be completed towards the end of 2021. Valiant Lady will be based from the port once she begins sailing from Miami.
Those are the major highlights of what’s come but there is so much more including a new Royal Caribbean headquarters just across from the cruise terminals, a new Virgin Trains port connection, and upgrades to older terminals. The port skyline will soon be changed with more modern-looking buildings.
Cruise Hive will keep track of all the latest port updates so keep checking for more news.