Royal Caribbean is planning a major expansion at PortMiami that will not only double the annual number of Royal Caribbean passengers at the port, but would have a berth large enough for an Oasis class ship according to a report by the Miami Herald.
The Miami-Dade County commissioners are scheduled to take a preliminary vote on Wednesday. This major expansion by Royal Caribbean would take place in the northeast section of the port. The plans are for Royal Caribbean to finance, design, build, an operate a new cruise terminal.
The berth is expected to be about 400 meters long and will be able to hold the largest cruise ships in the world, Royal Caribbean’s Oasis class. The terminal is expected to be completed in late 2018, the same year the 4th yet still unnamed Oasis class ship will go into service. It is worth noting that the deal does not specify which ships Royal Caribbean would bring to PortMiami, although the port and the cruise line have expressed interest in bringing an Oasis class ship to Miami.
Construction for this new terminal (Terminal A) would cost Royal Caribbean $100 million and cruise line would double their annual passengers at the port to 1.5 million a year. The agreement is for a minimum of 20 years and a maximum of 60.