PHOTO: The entrance to PortMiami. (Photo via Flickr/Ruth Hara)
Less than one week after Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. broke ground on its new state-of-the-art cruise terminal at PortMiami, a port official has revealed that Carnival Cruise Line is in talks to build an impressive terminal of its own.
Speaking during a panel discussion at this week's Seatrade Cruise Global convention in Fort Lauderdale, PortMiami's deputy director Kevin Lynskey said the port is in talks with Carnival to potentially construct a new terminal capable of accommodating a 6,000-passenger ship.
Lynskey oversees cargo and cruise contract development at PortMiami, as well as finance, architecture, engineering and planning.
"It makes total sense that Carnival would want a new terminal following new Miami port developments from competitors," said TravelPulse cruise expert Jason Leppert. "MSC Cruises is one and Royal Caribbean International is another, specifically in service of what will be the largest cruise ship in the world in the Symphony of the Seas."
"Carnival has its own growing vessels with greater needs into the future," added Leppert.
Royal Caribbean's record-breaking Symphony of the Seas will be delivered in April, 2018 and begin sailing out of the cruise company's new PortMiami terminal during November 2018. The 170,000-square-foot "Crown of Miami" terminal is expected to cost in excess of $200 million and will be the port's seventh terminal when completed next year.
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Royal Caribbean said it will be the most innovative cruise facility in the U.S; The potential addition of a new Carnival terminal down the road would only solidify PortMiami's status as the Cruise Capital of the World.
In addition to Carnival and Royal Caribbean, PortMiami is the global headquarters for Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises.