Port Canaveral Opens New $65 Million Cruise Terminal
By Theresa Norton Masek
August 16, 2012 10:08 PM
The grand opening is set for Sept. 13, but Port Canaveral has started using its new $65 million, 90,000-square-foot cruise terminal. Carnival Cruise Lines’ 2,052-passenger Carnival Ecstasy was the first to depart, on Aug. 13, from the state-of-the-art Cruise Terminal 6, nicknamed CT6.
Spanning two levels, the facility’s electronic ticketing lobby can process 2,400 passengers at one time. The atrium has a 1,100-seat waiting area including 300 seats on the mezzanine level. Passengers are guided through the terminal via electronic signage. The terminal also has a 30,000-square-foot baggage handling area.
CT6 has a new three-level, 750-car parking garage adjacent. The garage has a ground-floor retail area, which will serve passengers, crew and port employees.
Carnival, Port Canaveral’s largest cruise operator, homeports three ships at the port and brings in two vessels for port calls on a regular basis. Carnival is expected to bring more than 600,000 passengers through Port Canaveral this year.
In addition, Norwegian Cruise Line will utilize CT6 for port calls by Norwegian Breakaway, which will begin service in fall 2013, sailing from New York to Florida and the Bahamas.
“It was built with passengers in mind,” said Port CEO Stan Payne, noting that “the spacious terminal is nothing less than stunning when you see the use of audio visual aids.” The terminal’s official grand opening celebration on Sept. 13 will benefit the local United Way.