Norwegian Cruise Line broke ground earlier today on their new state-of-the-art terminal at the Cruise Capital of the World, PortMiami.
The state-of-the-art terminal is scheduled for completion by the fall of 2019, as Norwegian Encore, the newest ship of the Breakaway Plus class, debuts in Miami with seasonal cruises to the Caribbean.
At nearly 166,500 square feet, the Norwegian terminal will accommodate cruise ships of up to 5,000 passengers. It will also feature state-of-the-art technology to support faster and more efficient embarkation and disembarkation, as well as expedited security screening and luggage check-in.
A dedicated lounge and service area will offer a warm and welcoming arrival for guests, and a new parking garage and valet parking area with direct access to the terminal will streamline the entire arrival and departure process for more efficiency.
Aside from improved functionality and efficiency, the terminal, which is being constructed to LEED-Silver standards, is set to be a modern architectural masterpiece and the new “pearl” of Miami’s stunning skyline. Drawing inspiration from the Fibonacci nautilus, a natural example of the golden ratio of perfection, the spiraled and multi-level façade, transcendental and glass-encased building offers stunning ocean views that embody the freedom and flexibility of the Norwegian cruising experience.
Frank Del Rio, president and chief executive officer of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd., gave the following statement: “This iconic terminal represents our continued partnership with Miami-Dade County, our commitment to excellence and Miami as a world capital. As a global cruise company we’re transforming and elevating guest experiences through design and innovation on our ships, and this new terminal at PortMiami is the next step in that journey. We are honored to be here today alongside the team dedicated to making this dream a reality.”
Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. operates three cruise lines: Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises, and Regent Seven Seas Cruises. Together, the have a total of 26 cruise ships and visit over 450 destinations around the world each year. The company is adding six additional new cruise ships over the next seven years.