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MSC To Build PortMiami’s Biggest Ever Cruise Terminal, With Design Inspired By Italian Yachts

PortMiami, which is already the top cruise port in the world, will be getting its biggest ever cruise terminal from MSC Cruises.

The new terminal will be 350,000 square feet, more than double the size of Royal Caribbean’s newly completed 170,000 square feet “Crown of Miami.”

Two passenger ships carrying up to 7,000 passengers can be accommodated at a time, for a total of 14,000 departing passengers and 28,000 passenger movements (arriving and departing) in a single day. MSC is planning to base their biggest ships at the new terminal.

Arquitectonica is designing the roof to be a “monumental sculpture” that will catch the eye of planes flying overhead, condo tower residents and office workers, and passengers on the upper decks of passing ships, Arquitectonica founder Bernardo Fort-Brescia told Seatrade Cruise News.

Design is inspired by Italian yachts, with transparent sides and aerodynamic lines (MSC is an Italian company). The architect will also exploit the super long site with a building that spans 1,600 feet in length and a fluid design that keeps people moving in the space, Fort-Brescia said.

2,000 parking spaces will be built within the same building, rather than in a separate garage across the street.

Miami-Dade commissioners have approved the deal, which is expected to generate $1.5 billion over 50 years.

In addition to Royal Carribean’s new terminal, Virgin, Norwegian, and Disney have also announced plans for new terminals at the port (Disney hasn’t revealed their design yet).

Construction on the MSC Terminal is expected to begin in early 2020, with completion in late 2022.

 

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Anonymous

Shore power is a must for all these new terminals. Why hasn’t the Miami-Dade Board of Commissioners requested this as part of the negotiations?

For those unaware, shore power is grid power from land rather than running the onboard diesel engines to power the ship while in port. Many other ports in the US – Alaska, Seattle, LA, NY have moved to install and/or require shore power for ships.

Having 6-10 mega cruise ships in port all running onboard diesel generators is probably not great for the local air quality.

Anonymous

Many are going to LNG.

Anonymous

Still emitting pollutants while in port, magnified by 6-10 ships at a time. Shore power is a must and Miami should follow other cities.

Anonymous

Some of FPL’s plants are oil fired, which would be more polluting than LNG, although probably less than ship diesel.
Too bad Norwegian didn’t put a solar array with battery storage on top of their parking garage.

Miami Hurricane

Huh. That’s now how the electric grid works. Power is fungible.

Most of FPL’s plants run on natural gas. Island nation states primarily use fuel oil if you want to pick a target for the green dream.

Anonymous

Always a nimby

Miami Archi

Do you know that the cruises aren’t doing this? Just a question. I’ve never seen any article touch on that topic before.
If not they really should push for it. This port is growing faster then ever.

Anonymous

https://www.epa.gov/sites/production/files/2017-05/documents/420r17004-2017-update.pdf

Page 17 for a map of other US ports.

Ctrl-F “Miami” No results found.

Anonymous

Miami winning!

Anonymous

It’s a beautiful place to live.

Anonymous

Magic City

Afi Keita James

I Can’t wait until I return to the Miami/fort Lauderdale era in the summer for good.

Anonymous

The port skyline is adding to the uniqueness of the Miami skyline.

peej

I’m typically aboard the Arquitectonica hate train, but this design looks fantastic–esp. being able to serve ( 2 ) mega ships at once.

Anonymous

Many Arquitectonica designs are likely developer limited. MSC probably opened up the pocketbook and some artistic freedom.

Anonymous

This is amazing news for port Miami. Even better news for downtown/Brickell hotels. Get ready Miami!

Anonymous

Let’s hope the Marriott Marquis Miami Worldcenter Hotel & Expo Center breaks ground soon.

marc

Very slick. Isn’t Disney going to build as well? Wonder what that’ll look like.

Anonymous

Think two big stinkin mouse ears.

Anonymous

Disney can churn out some really good architecture, with a subtle Hidden Mickey of course. Better than Stinkin’ Skyrise any day of the week.

Anonymous

Stay in Disney.

Anonymous

Hope it’s not some Mickey Mouse design.

Anonymous

Prime dockage may be gone (ie facing the MacArthur) for Disney. Of course they could always dock along Watson Island and turn that terminal into a hotel (what Island Gardens was planning for 20-years). With an elevated Disney-style monorail there connecting the mainland to the Beach.

peej

As mentioned by others, there’s no more room for expansion along Govt Cut’s Main Channel on the north side of Dodge Island. Virgin Voyages is already pursuing the NE corner that overlooks the AAA for their Terminal “V”.

There was chatter in 2018 about Disney building a Terminal K on the South side of the island, but not much info since.

Disney announced upgrades to ( 2 ) Port Canaveral Terminals in January, which makes the most sense for them based on Canaveral’s proximity to Disney World.

Some info here: https://www.miamidade.gov/portmiami/cruise-terminals.asp

Anonymous

READ the article again.

Anonymous

Very Zaha…

Anon

it’s really nice for Arquetectonica, but don’t get too excited. Zaha’s signature curves look way nicer than this. She’s on another level from anything AQ could dream up.

Anonymous

but this terminal looks great

Anonymous

I wonder why none of these companies took advantage of a hotel opportunity at their terminals? Most people who come into town stay before or after their cruise. If I was going to cruise being that I live out of town I would get a room at the terminal I’m shipping from.

Anonymous

completely agree

Anonymous

Doubt ports are zoned for hotel?

Anonymous

4 down 1 to go (Disney) seems like each time renders come out its better than the last proposal. Knowing Disney they may try to out do the competition!

Anonymous

I think Branson is also building a terminal. Him and Disney have quite a challenge to better this design.

Wow!

Anonymous

Branson already showed renders for his terminal

Anonymous

The cruise ships are getting very close to South Beach…

Anonymous

Wow, it looks amazing. Downtown is the next and improved Brickell😍

Anonymous

This is on Dodge Island.

Anonymous

Yes but isn’t Dodge island right in front of downtown Mr. Google?

Anonymous

This terminal is actually very close to Miami Beach.

Anonymous

Correct. Closer to MB than to Miami (since Star, Palm, and Hibiscus Islands are part of Miami Beach).

Anonymous

You’re in the wrong so there is no need to say mr.google. You compared downtown to brickell so in your logic “isn’t downtown next to brickell. No they’re different just like dodge island is different from downtown. Also please don’t assume my gender.

Anonymous

Mx. Google then?

Anonymous

OMG STFU both of you

Anonymous

Where does that pedestrian bridge go to?

Anonymous

The 2nd or technically “first” boat in the line up

Anonymous

Cant watch the promo video- they left out the other two major(r) cruise line terminals. Stupid silly promo. But good luck M S C !

Anonymous

the context is all wrong

bitg

This looks like it’s going to be situated east of the new Royal Caribbean terminal; wouldn’t both ships docked at that same time be a bit of an impediment to any other cruise chip traveling along government cut?