Norwegian Opens $215M ‘Construction Marvel’ Cruise Terminal, Will Be Shore Power Ready

PortMiami’s newest cruise terminal, known as the “Pearl of Miami,” opened yesterday – and it will have shore power.

Norwegian Cruise Line built the facility with a spiraled, multi-level façade inspired by the nautilus.

The cruise line broke ground on the facility in April 2018, and eventually the cost increased to an estimated $215 million, up from $165 million. It also took longer to complete than expected, and opening was further delayed due to the pandemic.

The company finally inaugurated the facility on Sunday, with a departure by the Norwegian Gem.

It is Norwegian’s third ship to set sail following a 17-month suspension. The company’s first ship set sail on July 25.

The new facility spans 188,000 square feet and can accommodate cruise ships carrying up to 5,000 passengers.

Norwegian calls the facility a “construction marvel. ” It was designed with sustainability in mind.

The terminal was built to LEED Gold standards for optimizing energy, water efficiency, air quality and utilization of local materials and resources.

There are approximately 122,000 square feet of energy-saving glass features.

In addition, approximately 90% of all subcontractors, vendors and suppliers were local to the region, reducing the carbon footprint of the project and encouraging local economic growth.

Norwegian also recently announced a partnership with Miami-Dade County to make the terminal “Shore-Power Ready” by fall 2023, reducing polluting emissions from ships while they are docked.

There’s also a curated collection of art throughout the complex as part of the Miami Dade County Art in Public Places program.

Norwegian is headquartered in Miami.

Miami’s Bermello Ajamil & Partners is the architect of the new terminal.

 

 

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Anonymous
1 month ago

SHORE POWER!!!!

Azarius
1 month ago

Finally Miami is getting shore power! This will surely make a lot of readers happy!

Anonymous
1 month ago

Really, I don’t givashit…

Anonymous
1 month ago

Shore power is a joke. The real issue is that these ships, which are the size of cities, should run on nuclear power. Aircraft carriers run on nuclear power. The technology is there and proven.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Beautiful but those chairs??? #smh

Anonymous
1 month ago

budget cuts

Anonymous
1 month ago

its a beautiful facility and adds to the drive across the causeway….

William
1 month ago

Looks magnificent.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Gotta say, the terminal looks better from the outside. The inside not so much.

Anonymous
1 month ago

People come here to catch a ship, not stay in a hotel and party like they’re on South Beach.

Anonymous
1 month ago

They spent millions, it better look spectacular on the inside as well. So go f#ck yourself.

POLO
1 month ago

A welcome addition to the port.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Gorgeous port terminal

Anonymous
1 month ago

Most beautiful port I’ve seen.

Anonymous
1 month ago

That’s a nice picture of the skyline but man it shows we need some supertalls like, NOW!!!

Anonymous
1 month ago

They beat Royal Caribbean, MSC, and Virgin Voyages to shore power

Anonymous
1 month ago

no royal is involved as well as per other articles.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Outstanding addition to the port.

Anonymous
1 month ago

MIAMI WINNING!

Anonymous
1 month ago

People say Carnival is tacky. What’s with all that crap on the boat in the picture? It looks like something that one girl in grade school would stencil on her notebook in class.

Anonymous
1 month ago

lol…

Anonymous
1 month ago

shore power sounds good.
The buildings are pretty ( but don’t they look like the precast bridge sections ! ).

If they could only make the cruise ships less of an environmental disaster.
The fuel it spews is insane.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Not many ships are built to accept shore power. In any case they are in the port for 24 hours and only the generators are running. The bigger culprit is the main engines while moving and not the generators.

Anonymous
1 month ago

But…..

Are any of their ships shore power capable?