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Norwegian To Build $100M 'Pearl' Of Miami

Norwegian To Build $100M ‘Pearl’ Of Miami

Norwegian Cruise Line has announced a plan to build a new cruise terminal at PortMiami.

Miami architect Bermello Ajamil & Partners took design inspiration from a nautilus, and the $100m terminal is being called the “pearl” of Miami.

Also at the port, competitor Royal Caribbean has a terminal called “Crown of Miami” under construction, with completion expected later this year.

Construction on the Pearl is expected to begin in May 2018, with completion in the fall of 2019.

 

Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd., a leading global cruise company which operates the Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises brands, today unveiled the design of the new and dedicated Norwegian Cruise Line terminal at PortMiami. The terminal at PortMiami represents the continued relationship and strong ties between Norwegian and Miami, which has been the company’s home since its launch in 1966. Pending the 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.

“Norwegian has been sailing from Miami for over fifty 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,” said Frank Del Rio, president and chief executive officer of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. “This terminal marks the latest step in our continual efforts to strengthen our presence in strategic home ports around the world. We look forward to welcoming Norwegian Encore and the thousands of guests sailing on Norwegian Cruise Line and her sister brands to this state-of-the-art terminal.”

Norwegian is widely recognized for introducing modern-day cruising more than 50 years ago, by transforming a common means of transportation to a new style of vacation with its first Caribbean voyages out of the port of Miami and launching the city’s status as the “cruising capital of the world.” As a result of the continued relationship, Miami-Dade County will invest $100 million to build a new terminal dedicated to Norwegian Cruise Line, with Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. augmenting the county’s allocated funds with its own contribution to PortMiami, as was unveiled today at a press conference held at the 2018 Seatrade Cruise Global exhibition.

“Investing in PortMiami’s infrastructure positions Miami as a global destination for visitors,” said Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez. “The construction of a new cruise terminal with the capacity to berth an additional 5,000-passenger cruise ship represents thousands of jobs and increased opportunities for our community. We are grateful for Norwegian Cruise Line’s continued partnership.”

“PortMiami is proud to be recognized as the Cruise Capital of the World, welcoming more passengers than any other port in the world,” said Chairwoman of the Miami-Dade County Economic Development and Tourism Committee Rebeca Sosa. “Norwegian Cruise Line’s partnership is a big win for the growth and expansion of tourism in Miami-Dade County. We are honored by our partner’s commitment to PortMiami and Miami-Dade County.”

Globally recognized for their award-winning designs and projects around the world, the Miami-based firm of Bermello Ajamil & Partners Inc., was selected to design the new terminal. The project will be 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. After the press conference, attendees were able to get a close-up look of the new terminal through an interactive 3D virtual reality experience and model on display.

“The new Norwegian terminal will set the standard for passenger comfort and experience and will become an iconic building on Miami’s waterfront, a true representation of the role that Norwegian and PortMiami played as the pioneers of modern cruising,” says Luis Ajamil, president and chief executive officer of Bermello Ajamil & Partners, Inc.

The modern terminal draws its inspiration from a nautilus, with its spiraled and multi-level façade, opening up to grand ocean views. Once complete it will be the new “pearl” of Miami, redefining the landscape of the city’s skyline. Innovative lighting, inviting indoor and outdoor waiting areas and other guest-centric elements will enhance the overall passenger experience. At nearly 166,500 square feet, the debuting Norwegian 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.

 

 

 

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Oscar
Oscar

I shall build a Greyhound bus terminal in Hialeah and call it the ‘Butt’ of Miami.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Cruise capital of the world.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Watch Disney have their own terminal in the near future.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Hopefully the terminal is a pair of mouse ears!

Anonymous
Anonymous

Probably.. They should consider building their own terminal in Port Miami. They have the money

Anonymous
Anonymous

Sounds like a solid business plan

Anonymous
Anonymous

Doubtful. They have four ships…

Anonymous
Anonymous

Two in Cape Canaveral and Two in Miami?

marc
marc

I think they sale out of Ft Lauderdale too.

Anonymous
Anonymous

You would think a Miami forum would be a little more knowledgable on the cruise industry, but point is their capacity is a drop in the ocean. They have money and recognition because of their brand (and then their park/vacation operations also takes a lot of their operational focus). Would be likelier for Virgin, Silversea or Crystal to invest before Disney.

Anonymous
Anonymous

P.S. They SAIL around the world (and relatively rarely from Miami), hence it being even more unlikely that they build a terminal.

Bob Iger
Bob Iger

FYI They are building 3 more ships so who knows, maybe someday.

Anonymous
Anonymous

FYI 7 ships is still nothing–smaller than Celebrity, a small subsidiary of Royal. MSC has more ships than that on order…and again, Disney rarely calls Miami. Just a microcosm of things on this forum–just because people want something to happen doesn’t mean it will/should.

marc
marc

I could see it now and it won’t look nothing like this.

Dokter
Dokter

Methinks what you’re seeing now is Crown of Miami.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Methinks Marc means the renderings won’t look anything like the final product.

marc
marc

Correct.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Just the the under construction RCCL terminal.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Agreed, this is like Brickell city Center in that it will look half as good in real life. Shame

Anonymous
Anonymous

wasn’t expecting this. Good news, Looks nice

Anonymous
Anonymous

It would be nice to see Metrorail access to here, from Downtown and MIA, to the beach.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Makes no sense no need; nobody is going to go on the rail with all
Their luggage. I barely see people
Use the airport extension

Anonymous
Anonymous

bonita

Anonymous
Anonymous

Notice how they barely show the massive parking garage.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Where else will people park sir? I understand downtown but parking at the port is different!

Anonon
Anonon

Glad to see this and the RCCL terminal happening. They’ll be beautiful all lit up at night as you cross the MacArthur.

Cacatu
Cacatu

Love cruising with Norwegian but I live in New York City. This is meaningless to me. Just do away with those annoying “washy, washy; happy, happy” girls, ugh!!!

Cacatu
Cacatu

Filipinos doing “tributes” to The Beatles, Abba, The Bee Gees, etc. Now, that’s “entertainment!!!”

Anonymous
Anonymous

Lol. I love the washy washy girls!

Marc306
Marc306

Two problems there: you love Norwegian and live in NYC. Not sure which is worse

Anonymous
Anonymous

Sorry Royal Caribbean but this design is a lot better than yours… The only thing they should change is the blue lighting. Royal is using blue maybe they should use a different color perhaps purple or red. None the less a really beautiful design.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Lets see what VE brings us as a final product.

SRS
SRS

Very sexy!!

Yohan Perez
Yohan Perez

While leaving the beach, the new RCCL terminal monstrous parking garage obscures the beautiful Skyline of Downtown and Brickell. It used to be such a beautiful sight from the causeway. No longer. Anyway this Norwegian thingy looks good. Bring it.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Do they plan to keep that space air conditioned or use a climate ribbon of some sort? One way or the other, it is going to need something to keep the interior cool or otherwise it will become the world’s largest greenhouse.

Anonymous
Anonymous

I was thinking that as well. It is one thing to have that much glass on north facade, but that is a lot of glass on south facade

La Mala
La Mala

Tremendo turd, I was expecting so much more. At least the parking lot is not as obvious as Royal’s

Anonymous
Anonymous

Wow, looks great. Too bad that most of Dodge Island is an eyesore.

Miami Hurricane
Miami Hurricane

Port of Miami is why we have a tremendous amount of import/export logistics and warehousing and businesses in the county.