Royal Caribbean officially opened Terminal A at PortMiami earlier today, the largest cruise terminal in the United States. The new terminal is a striking addition to PortMiami and will serve as homeport to Royal Caribbean cruise ships such as Symphony of the Seas and Allure of the Seas, two of the world’s largest and most innovative cruise ships.
PortMiami currently serves 750,000 Royal Caribbean passengers annually, representing roughly 15% of the port’s overall passenger traffic. Because of the new terminal, Royal Caribbean expects to increase its Miami passenger intake to nearly 2 million annually. This will make PortMiami Royal Caribbean’s largest cruise port in the U.S., solidifying PortMiami’s status as the Cruise Capital of the World.
Terminal A will accommodate the passengers of two of the world’s largest ships in the Oasis class, the new Symphony of the Seas and her sister, Allure of the Seas. The new LEED certified facility, which is the largest and most modern cruise facility in the U.S., has leveraged new technologies to enhance the waiting areas and boarding experience of guests.
Overall, the design evokes the points in Royal Caribbean’s crown and anchor logo when viewed from the water; the ‘M’ of Miami when viewed from the east or western approaches; and a sense of waves rising or ships passing when viewed from the terminal side. As a result, the terminal will serve as a dynamic addition to the Miami skyline.
Richard D. Fain, CEO and Chairman of Royal Caribbean Cruises, gave the following statement about this new terminal for th cruise line: “Terminal A is an important milestone in the growth of the cruise industry in South Florida and underscores our commitment to Miami, where our company was founded almost 50 years ago.”
About Royal Caribbean
Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. is a global cruise vacation company that controls and operates four global brands: Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises, Azamara Club Cruises and Silversea Cruises. Together, these cruise lines operate a combined total of 59 cruise ships with an additional 15 on order. They operate diverse itineraries around the world that call on all seven continents.