The terminal will be able to accommodate two 7,000 passenger cruise ships simultaneously and the project has been approved by the Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners. While the terminal will be able to accommodate the new World class ships from MSC, the cruise line has not yet stated if one will homeport in Miami.
The terminal will be located east of Royal Caribbean’s new Terminal A and will be the closest cruise terminal to the ocean in Miami.
MSC Cruises will design, construct, operate and maintain a large building that hosts two cruise terminals (AA and AAA) as well as two berths. Designed by the award-winning global architecture firm Arquitectonica, MSC Cruises’ exclusive new PortMiami terminals will be capable of hosting two mega cruise ships at the same time, allowing the Company to conduct two turnaround operations simultaneously, handling up to 28,000 passenger movements per day.
MSC Cruises currently operates four cruise ships out of PortMiami: MSC Seaside and MSC Armonia year-round; MSC Divina seasonally; and MSC Meraviglia, which will join the ships sailing from Miami this fall, seasonally. With the new cruise facilities, MSC Cruises will bring a total 1 million guests through PortMiami each year.
Work on the new terminals is due to commence in early 2020. MSC Cruises currently estimates that the work will be completed by late 2022, at which time the Company will transfer all its PortMiami operations to the new Terminal.