Royal Caribbean Set To Resume Construction On Miami HQ For 4,200 Employees

A massive global headquarters office for Royal Caribbean will soon resume construction at PortMiami, according to a memo sent to county commissioners.

Royal Caribbean broke ground on the complex in 2019, but work was halted during the pandemic.

Now, the company has notified the the county of its intent to resume construction and is asking for changes to its lease that reflect the revised timeline.

The completion deadline in the lease will change from December 31, 2022 to December 31, 2024, if commissioners approve

RCL is building the state of the art complex in an effort to attract world class talent to Miami. The campus will house up to 4,200 employees, about double their current workforce capacity.

The $300m office complex is designed to resemble a ship.

It will include a soccer field, volleyball court, basketball court, fitness center, electric car chargers, solar panels, and rainwater collectors.

Miami-Dade’s PortMiami and Environmental Resilience Committee is scheduled to consider the proposal at a meeting on January 11.

 

The abandoned construction site in December 2020:

(photo: Aaron DeMayo)

 

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Anonymous
17 days ago

Nice building! Looks beautiful. The port will be completely developed one day soon – a mini city

Anonymous
17 days ago

They are pretending to resume…
Cruise Industry is unfortunately losing billions by the day. Miami and Port Everglades are both suffering tremendously.

Anonymous
17 days ago

Blame the CDC and the Democrat establishment in Washington whose ‘no cruise’ orders/recommendations are simply a ongoing, closeted economic attack on red Florida.

Anonymous
17 days ago

This is an asinine comment. As a long-time employee of the cruise line industry I can absolutely guarantee that the CDCs tactics in 2021 as pertaining to the cruise line industry are no different than March 2020 – severe and difficult to decipher. Moreover, each ship within a fleet is registered as their own business entity abroad in an effort reduce costs and pay employees below US minimum wage in an effort to increase profit margins. Because of this no administration can or will provide aid to the industry, regardless of party. I recommend doing some research before talking out of you rear.

Anonymous
17 days ago

They still hate cruises, unless they go to Cuba which ironically is the perfect red pill experience in itself.

Anonymous
16 days ago

Forget it. Remember, he or she is a member of the Republican party.. the same party that blamed ANTIFA for the rioting and storming of the Capitol building in Wa DC on Jan 6, 2021.

Leave Your Basement
12 days ago

So you don’t remember when left-wing anarchists burned down SoHo, Manhattan and then went on to riot over 500+ times during the Summer of 2020, causing billions in damage and resulting in the death of hundreds of people and destruction of thousands of minority owned small businesses?

You don’t remember when many of these left-wing rioters laid siege to federal buildings throughout America, and created an ‘autonomous zone’ in Seattle?

Please take off those three masks and take a deep breath before you pass out from asphyxia-induced delusion.

Anonymous
17 days ago

Another Darwin award winner

Anonymous
16 days ago

I like to think of them as the “eminent communist revolution fetish community”.

Anonymous
16 days ago

Florida doesn’t really have any policies in place to mitigate the spread of COVID, so letting a cruise ship with hundreds of potential cases dock in a major city/port is a ridiculously dangerous idea.

Lechozo
16 days ago

that was true in March 2020. Now we have more Covid cases in any high school. A ship won’t make a difference

Anonymous
12 days ago

Love the inherent assumption in this comment that government policies to ‘mitigate the spread of COVID’ have been effective? California and New York have totally debunked that.

Anonymous
17 days ago

yep, Omicron just wiped out a ton of their sailings for the next few months and as a result their stock prices are tanking. I wouldn’t be surprised if Royal Caribbean has to completely sell off another one of their few remaining brands/ships like they were forced to do with Azamara. Even the CEO/chairman called it quits and is no longer with the company lol

Anonymous
16 days ago

Omicron will peak in Florida next week. I really doubt any of that will happen.

Anonymous
16 days ago

^ oh look, another non mask wearer and anti-vaccer…

Anonymous
16 days ago

Being a non-mask wearer is a source of pride for most people, LOL – get vaxxed and forget about this nonsense. At the very least, if you choose to live in fear, don’t project it upon others

Anonymous
13 days ago

Yeah, that guy peaced out on the company and probably cashed out a ton of shares. Between that and never ending covid issues their stock price has tanked and remained low for months now

Anonymous
17 days ago

Fantastic news

Anonymous
17 days ago

Put a small high end casino in the building and a hotel. Limit the stays to only passengers there waiting to set sail. Tax the money from the casino and put it out transit infrastructure. Who cares if they gamble on shore waiting a night. They will be gambling anyways as soon as the vessel hits international water.

Anonymous
17 days ago

WFH is the future. Why would a tech worker work for a cruise company that makes you come to work everyday and pays Miami wages when they can work remotely for any number of tech companies paying something close to Silicon Valley wages?

Anonymous
17 days ago

Because you can work in the new office building at the port — surrounded by — boats, cargo, cargo boats, and all the other amenities the modern office worker wants!!

Anonymous
17 days ago

LOL sure.

Anonymous
17 days ago

A few cruise companies in Miami gave all of this for cogested, sulphur smelling Doral.
Go figure

Anonymous
17 days ago

100% agree. RCG is mandating a 100% return to office environment. if I work for an Amazon, or a Google or a Facebook (meta) why would I give up my huge salary and ability to WFH to come work in a dying industry where I’m told I need to come to an office 5 days a week — and take a paycut?

Anonymous
17 days ago

Dying industry? The cruise industry has grown at a considerably faster annualized pace than the GDP of nearly all western nations, including the United States, over the past 10 years.

Anonymous
17 days ago

They are holding the bag on a ton of office space that they do not want to write down.

Anonymous
17 days ago

A lot of people, believe it or not, aren’t lazy like you. WFH is just another way of saying easier to fire. FYI, Amazon built a huge new campus near Downtown Seattle a couple years back.

Anonymous
17 days ago

Yeah, WFH is not “the future”. Just look at New York, building enormous amounts of office space, much of it already leased. Companies WILL want their employees back in person. Will things change? Of course. More flexible hours/days will be implemented but I don’t see us suddenly shifting to a zero-contact society any time soon, certainly not 5 years down the line.

Anonymous
17 days ago

Agreed, their thinking is super antiquated and they’ll come to that hard realization when they try to hire for these non-remote positions. They’ll have to pay sky high salaries to attract talent that would compensate them for actually going into an office and having to pay ridiculous overpriced rents in downtown/brickell to be near that office.

Anonymous
17 days ago

O.K. trust fund millennial.

Anonymous
17 days ago

WFH is the biggest hype since the hyperloop. It has some uses and will impact the industry, just like the telephone and computers, but like them, will never replace offices.

Anonymous
17 days ago

China’s and India’s current tech worker pay is the real future, regardless of industry.

Anonymous
17 days ago

I was wondering what happened to this project, looks beautiful.

Anonymous
17 days ago

Zero $ investment in a mass transit system = 4200 more cars congesting Downtown Miami

Anonymous
17 days ago

Dude, give it a break…

Anonymous
17 days ago

If you can’t take the hustle and bustle of a City evolving with more density, go live in Iowa around some cornfields where there is no international gateway for cruise ports of the passenger cruise capital of the world.

Anonymous
17 days ago

Sounds like you should move to NYC with all the other angry and resentful ‘big city’ liberals. Bring your bicycle!

Anonymous
17 days ago

Always someone has to bring in politics. What a clown show.

Anonymous
17 days ago

It’s the truth.
Guess you just don’t want to hear it.

Anonymous
16 days ago

You can always go live in some red state like Lousyanna in a patched up house near a gator infested swamp where you can fly your Confederate Flag, drink moonshine all day, and chew tabacakky while playing your banjo?

Anonymous
10 days ago

Racist

Anonymous
17 days ago

It’s downtown
It should be congested to encourage people to take mass transit.

Anonymous
16 days ago

The SMART Plan is moving forward as we speak. A 4 billion dollar train station was just built. The metro mover is being extended, there are bids to extend the metro rail, and BRT is under construction right now.

Anonymous
16 days ago

Don’t let facts get in the way of their argument

Anonymous
16 days ago

^
“Facts” are nothing but a Liberal Conspiracy.

– Conservative

Anonymous
17 days ago

as a RCCL employee a complete waste of money of us arnt coming back to office as we refuse and they have been fine with it, only certain people will be in office when necessary. all they need to do is sell that land and the land the older building is on and leave one office they will be fine

Anonymous
17 days ago

As a former RCCL employee, I completely agree that this is a waste of money for the company, money that should’ve gone to paying better salaries to employees. I left Royal two years ago for a much higher paying 100% remote job and I couldn’t be any happier

Anonymous
16 days ago

I can’t speak for RCI but at my company everyone either wants to be fully in-person or WFH 2-3 times a week and in the office the rest. I think a lot of younger people (no kids, social connections very important) and older people (traditional) will reject permanent WFH. I think this is a smart investment by Royal.

Anonymous
17 days ago

I doubt that they’ll even have the money to complete this project as they’re already over $25 billion in debt and their stock price has been in serious trouble for 2 years now. They were even forced to sell off the entire Azamara brand and ships just to survive this long.

Anonymous
16 days ago

NCL and Carnival should move their HQs to the port or downtown, right now they are both in Doral off the Palmetto Expy. What an awful commute for their employees, who I presume mostly come in from either Coral Gables/South Dade or Broward. Just my two cents.

Anonymous
15 days ago

And the commute to downtown would be better how?

Anonymous
14 days ago

Public transportation of course

Anonymous
16 days ago

It was either finish the new HQ, or a ton of lawsuits and settlements bc of broken contracts. Either way RCL woulda had to pay a ton, might as well finish It.

Anonymous
17 days ago

Wasn’t the reason portside miami and the Inter miami stadium not built here because of the need for the port to possibly expand but yet royal Caribbean is expanding… I would have much rather seen portside get developed

Azarius
17 days ago

They’re just stalling again make em pay a fine!