PortMiami Is Being Transformed With Multiple New Terminals & Developments: Full List

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.

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peej

If Virgin was smart, they’d build the station adjacent to their new Terminal & encourage competitors + the City / County to fund expansion eastward along Dodge Island to the other Cruise Terminals.

True forward thinking would then connect it to South Beach via a tunnel under Gov’t Cut, but everyone is more focused on building a Monorail (financed, only partially of course, by a foreign government) with no connectivity to current transportation infrastructure.

Anonymous

Would be better as a metro rail connection from downtown — their station already connects to the main metro rail terminal. You could then easily get from the airport to your cruise saving us all traffic.

peej

Virgin (FEC) already owns the existing tracks & connecting bridge to Dodge Island, which they currently use for freight.

Of course a Metrorail extension is ideal, but it would require a new drawbridge onto the island, exponentially increasing project costs. We can barely get any Metrorail expansion on the mainland, let’s let Virgin handle the connection onto Dodge.

Anonymous

Guess they dummies

marc

It would be cool if all the cruise lines would throw in for a people mover loop within Dodge Island from the Virgin Trains station through all the new terminals.

Anonymous

It would be cool and would make our port unique but probably not going to happen.

Anonymous

BEcause Miami is assbackwards

305

Also because the cruise lines make a killing off of their own bus transfers. They’ll lobby hard against any kind of a transit connection between the port/airport

Anonymous

Because this is the US and we don’t know mass transit.
We know express ways, giant highways and suburban sprawl till your ass hurts

Anonymous

But neither will any other suggestions made here…unfortunately. It’s nice to spend other people’s money.

Anonymous

I said it before and I ll say it again. Combine forces:. Baylink and Port Link.
One line going from downtown to port continuing to South Beach
Kill 2 birds with one stone

Anonymous

In other news: Norwegians terminal is massively delayed. Of course nobody reports abouts this disaster.

Anonymous

Can you enlighten us about it ?

Anonymous

EXTREMELY DELAYED and MAJOR COST OVER RUNS.

Anonymous

Source?

Anonymous

“Miami-Dade County will consider a proposal from PortMiami to extend the maximum authorized budget for Norwegian Cruise Line Holding Ltd.’s upcoming Terminal B to $215 million from $165 million.”

“A third amendment could come soon, however, as PortMiami and Norwegian talked in June of raising the terminal’s construction price tag from $215 million to $235 million, with the county initially fronting the cost and Norwegian providing reimbursement over 25 years.”

Anonymous

Needs a cvs

Anonymous

Sedanos

Anonymous

Needs shore power.

Anonymous

Only real cities stick giant diesel generators right in the heart of it’s urban areas.

Anonymous

How did this meme start again?

Anonymous

Was wondering the same. I always see a comment on shore power, and I want to get the inside joke!

Anonymous

How can they say the capital should be in central Florida just look at the economic powerhouse Miami is!

Anonymous

NYC isn’t the capital of New York… LA is the the capital of California… not all the major cities need to be the capital

Anonymous

Thanks for the geography lesson.

Anonymous

Sacramento is the capital

NYC Loves Miami

Funny thing is when someone mentions NY, most people assume they’re talking about NYC. “Hey where are you from? (Me)NY… Ah yeah, my brother Frankie got that thing going on in Brooklyn”.

POLO

I think all these terminals are stunning. It’s a great transformation for Port Miami!

Anonymous

Palm Grove looks great! Can Disney do better?

Anonymous

Yes. A terminal in the shape of the “Nautilus” with giant Mickey Mose ears. THAT would be ICONIC.

Tom Jones

It would be Kitsch.

Tom Jones

Each building is screaming over the other trying to get attention. It’s as if we are sitting next to the loud & gaudy table of six at the serene setting of South Beach’s Planta, and their inane conversation makes us want to tune them all out. Have we not learned anything from Brickell’s collection of ‘look at me’ buildings?

Anonymous

It would really be awesome if we saw this in conjunction with three or four casinos in Miami.

Anonymous

Miami already has three or four casinos.

Casino Miami
Casino Garage Gaming Machines
Magic City Casino
Calder Casino
Hialeah Park Racing & Casino
Casino Party Miami
Miccosukee Resort & Gaming
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Gulfstream Park Racing and Casino
Flagler Dog Track & Entertainment

Anonymous

Only the Hard Rock is like a real casino. The rest are just rooms filled with slot machines. And the Hard Rock is all the way up in the Broward suburbs. Would’ve been cool to have a casino like that at the Genting site. All that area of downtown has is the school board and an abandoned mall.

Anonymous

I gave you a thumbs up but it won’t help. Millennials don’t like casinos because they don’t earn enough money to gamble. These guys who live in Brickell/Downtown share a tiny apartment with three roomies. They won’t throw their money away at a casino, but will pay $50 for a sushi roll at Komodo and shit it out a few hours later.

Anonymous

As someone who is moving to Brickell, I lol’d. I remember living in NYC, there is a building in the financial district (refuse to call it FiDi) named 2 Gold. Notorious for having 4 Wall Street “bros” sharing a studio apartment.

You’re right though. I am just hoping that as more professionals move in, maybe things change. I know me and my wife would love to hit up a Casino. I would rather fly to Vegas than go up to the Hard Rock, but if there was something on the Genting site, that is another story.

Anonymous

Real casinos are destinations, not a slot machine room

Sgt. Sapingo

The last time I went to Gulfstream, nobody was there except a few elderly people sitting in wheelchairs, eating jello and watching Wheel of Fortune on the TV.

Anonymous

Love the horse racing there.

Anonymous

Yes. Then they went out and held up a convenience store so they could back to the casino and feed their habit, thus increasing the crime rate in the city. Eventually it all caught up with them, and they are now sleeping under the bridge behind PAMM, adding to the homeless problem. The old man has been known to pimp out the old girl once in a while to get some crank. All because of casinos.

Anonymous

Well I guess we have no choice then but to go with you and settle for looking at the same ole same ole for decades and decades.. CRACKHEADS!

Anonymous

Yup. Some of these remind me of the MGM Grand and the Mandalay Bay in Vegas.

Anonymous

A handful of those will be gone soon because low-information voters banning racing dogs of a breed specifically bred to race because “muh feels.”