Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd., operating Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises brands, has unveiled the design of the new and dedicated Norwegian Cruise Line terminal at PortMiami (PortMiami has been the company’s home since its launch in 1966). Pending final approval by the Miami-Dade County Board of County Commissioners, the project will commence in May 2018, and is scheduled for completion by the fall of 2019, as Norwegian Encore, the newest ship of the Breakaway Plus class, makes her debut in Miami with seasonal cruises to the Caribbean.
“Guests’ cruise experience,” said Frank Del Rio, president and chief executive officer of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd., during yesterday’s press conference to announce the news, “will begin when they arrive at this state-of-the-art terminal in PortMiami.”
“Norwegian has been sailing from Miami for over 50 years, longer than any other cruise line, and we are honored to be partnering with PortMiami and Miami-Dade County to construct an iconic terminal that will contribute to Miami’s world-famous skyline and strengthen its position as the Cruise Capital of the World,” he continued.
The modern terminal draws its inspiration from a nautilus, with its spiraled and multi-level facade, opening up to grand ocean views. At nearly 166,500 sq. ft., the terminal will accommodate ships of up to 5,000 passengers, and feature new technology to support faster and more efficient embarkation and disembarkation processes, as well as expedited security screening and luggage check-in. A dedicated lounge and service area will facilitate a warm and welcoming sense of arrival for large groups and charters, and a new parking garage, and valet parking area with direct access to the terminal and lounge are also scheduled to be completed.
Additionally, the terminal is being constructed to LEED Silver standards, focusing on innovation in design and terminal operation to create a platform that will optimize energy performance, indoor air quality, water efficiencies and maximize the use of local materials and resources.