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Royal Caribbean Cruises Announces New Terminal at PortMiami

Cruise Line & Cruise Ship | Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. | Donald Wood | June 29, 2016

Royal Caribbean Cruises Announces New Terminal at PortMiami

All renderings courtesy of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.

On Tuesday, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. announced it has reached an agreement with Miami-Dade County to build and operate a new cruise terminal at PortMiami.

The agreement must be officially approved by the Miami-Dade County Board of County Commissioners on July 6, but plans are for the new terminal to be the homeport to Royal Caribbean International, including the world’s largest cruise ships, the 5,400-passenger Oasis-class vessels.

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The company selected to design the new terminal is Broadway Malyan, which won a global competition to earn the honor. The new terminal will measure 170,000 square feet and will be nicknamed the “Crown of Miami” due to its unique shape. During the day, it will look like a crown from the water and a giant “M” from the east or the west. At night, the terminal will be adorned with an array of lights, making it a positive addition to the PortMiami landscape during the day and at night.

“We are truly excited to be working with Miami-Dade County and PortMiami to create not just another cruise terminal, but a truly iconic building,” Royal Caribbean Cruises chairman and CEO Richard D. Fain said in a statement. “This new terminal is a symbol of our commitment to Miami, the city where our company first started almost 50 years ago. We can’t wait to bring an Oasis-class ship to PortMiami.”

In addition, Royal Caribbean will be adding an Innovation Lab to its corporate headquarters located at PortMiami which will measure 20,000 square feet. PortMiami currently welcomes around 750,000 Royal Caribbean passengers annually, but the ultimate goal with the new terminal is to increase that number to an astonishing 1.8 million passengers.

“Miami-Dade County is happy to welcome Royal Caribbean’s expansion at PortMiami, and all the economic benefits that come along with it,” Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez said in a statement. “This public-private partnership will have an estimated economic impact of $500 million and generate approximately 4,000 jobs. Royal Caribbean has been an important part of our world-class community for almost 50 years, and this expansion will once again make PortMiami Royal Caribbean’s largest cruise port in the world. I thank them for their continued investment in and commitment to Miami-Dade.”

For more information on Royal Caribbean Cruises and the new PortMiami cruise terminal, check out the company’s official website.


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