PortMiami is undergoing an expansion like never before in history, with multiple cruise lines trying to outdo each other with spectatular new terminals.
The port has long been called the “cruise capital of the world,” and last year had more than 5.6 million cruise passengers. No other cruise port in the world has more passengers than Miami.
Passenger count has been soaring is expected to grow even faster in the coming years, with cruise lines moving the biggest ships in the world to the port and building massive new terminals.
Here is a look at every major development either under construction, planned, or recently completed at PortMiami:
MSC Cruise Terminal – will become the biggest ever cruise terminal at PortMiami. It was designed by Arquitectonica with inspiration from the sleek lines of Italian yachts. Two of MSC’s biggest ships will be able to dock at the same time, with up to 28,000 passenger movements in a day. Construction to begin in early 2020.
Norwegian Cruise Line’s ‘Pearl of Miami’ – the $215 million terminal is being designed by Miami’s Bermello Ajamil & Partners in the shape of a nautilus. Construction is underway, with top-off recently and completion in spring 2020.
Virgin Voyages Palm Grove Terminal – the $150 million terminal is being built by Richard Branson’s new cruise line. It is being designed by Arquitectonica to resemble a palm grove, and will have beams of light shooting into the sky at night. Construction is expected to begin this year, with completion in 2021.
Royal Caribbean’s ‘Crown of Miami’ – the terminal was built at a cost of $250 million. Architect Broadway Malyan in an “M” shape for Miami, with a crown-like appearance giving it its name. Royal Caribbean’s passenger count will nearly triple thanks to the new terminal, and the world’s largest cruise ship is based here. Completed in fall 2018.
Disney Cruise Terminal – Negotiations are underway for Disney Cruise Lines to build a new terminal that will accommodate their aggressive expansion plans at PortMiami. As part of the deal, the company will guarantee at least 360,000 passenger movements by 2023. Plans and and exact location still haven’t been revealed.
Royal Caribbean Global Headquarters – A $300 million state of the art campus will be built to oversee the company’s operations worldwide. Around 4,200 high-level employees will work from here. The 350,000 square-foot building is being designed by architect HOK to look like a ship at rest. Sustainable, high-tech design is emphasized, with features such as a soccer field, volleyball court, basketball court, and fitness center. Construction to begin this month.
Virgin Trains station – the company formerly known as Brightline says a station at the port is now among their top priorities. Negotiations are underway, and opening could come in 2020.