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Virgin’s New Terminal At PortMiami Will Have Light Beams Shooting Into The Night Sky

PortMiami is getting another new cruise terminal, this time from Richard Branson’s soon to launch Virgin Voyages.

Virgin is designing the $150m terminal to resemble a palm tree grove. At night, beams of light will shoot into the sky from pockets spaced between the tree-like roof, which will also allow sun to penetrate inside during the daytime.

The two-story glass facility is designed to be storm proof.

Scarlet Lady, Virgin’s first ship, is scheduled for delivery in 2020. The ships inaugural voyage and home port will be Miami, and the company’s headquarters is also in the Miami area.

Other new cruise terminals are in the works for Norwegian (with their “Pearl of Miami” under construction), MSC, and Disney, while Royal Caribbean just opened their new facility this month.

Arquitectonica is the architect of the new Virgin terminal. Approval from Miami-Dade commissioners of the deal must still be obtained.

 

 

 

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Anonymous

Miami, Cruise capital of the world!

Anonymous

is it a good thing? Most of the cruise money travelers never spend a dime in miami, just on the ships and foreign ports. the boats cause a significant amount of pollution. I think that industry is a lot like the gaming industry in that most of the economic impact doesn’t circulate to the city at large.

Francois Lopez

any stats you can share, I was hoping the 5 million plus passengers that board in Miami would leave some $ here before or after cruise

Anonymous

Well, they use our airports and the ships crew spend some money here but it’s minimal.

Anonymous

Have there been any studies with regard to areas around the port and air pollution?

Anonymous

I think you’re from Broward County and just jealous because you thought Ft. Littledale was the cruise capital. News flash, it has always been Miami, and will always be.

Anonymous

Please….

Anonymous

You’re right but it’s the only alternative we have. Precisely why Skyrise is so important. Let them see something downtown more than condos.

Anonymous

Get educated.
MOST “cruise money travelers” do spend dimes. Visit Greater Miami and the Beaches.com from the GMCVB for the statistics. Not only do cruise passengers spend a lot in Miami….cruise employees spend a lot in Miami. Then, Mr. Hayek, consider that cruise ships that host 2,500+ passengers need more than a few pineapple wedges for their pina coladas, you can start to THINK about the economic impact one cruise ship makes to the local economy.
I’ll ignore how stupid the comparison to the gaming industry is…of the tens of thousands of cruisers…the majority are NOT from Miami. That money is IMPORTED.

¯\_(ツ)_/¯

That’s a flat out lie. Hundreds of thousands of people spend a few days in Miami before or after their trip. If you’re going to hate on Miami at least try and come up with better convincible arguments instead of pulling shit outta your ass.

La Mala

Niño por dios… what about the PFC Fee’s at Mia that’s 4.50 per passenger, plus the flat rate from the airport to the cruise terminal, or Uber if they choose to use that. In addition, we have user fees at the cruise terminal that stay local, not much but we do keep something.

MiamiArchi

Just to reinforce what other people are saying.
The cruise industry is a great thing for Miami. Carnival, Royal, and Norwegian and their subsidiaries all have their headquarters in Miami; employing thousands of people. Many of these jobs are high wage jobs. Carnival is also a fortune 500 company making it one of the few in Miami.

Carnival’s founder also has given tons of money to the arsht center (formerly Carnival center) is believed to have given the anonymous 90 million dollar gift to establish the new world center building on the beach. And is the Owner of the Miami Heat.

Beyond that its been shown that a high majority of cruise passengers spend at least 1 to 2 nights in Miami hotels before or after their cruise and is a major target for several hotels in the area. Hampton in brickell has cruise shuttles all the time.

And finally Bayside was basically created for cruise passengers.
So yes the cruise lines are a very good thing with amazing benefits for our city, if only for the fact that we have three huge, highly successful companies in our city providing high income jobs to our citizens.

Cheers

Anonymous

Bayside is still alive becasuse the cruise

Anonymous

After seeing the view of Miami Beach as they sail by South Pointe, any cruise tourist who didn’t incorporate a stay in Miami will surely do so the next time around.

Anonymous

Many of the passengers stay in local hotels and eat dinner at least one night,

Anonymous

I can tell you from inside knowledge that most folks who travel to Mia to take a cruise arrive to miami a day prior. That’s a hotel and restaurant business boost

Ex-Londoner now in 33132

Correction: Virgin Voyages HQ is on South Pine Island Road, Plantation FL 33324 NOT Miami.
I deal with Virgin Voyages there all the time.
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Anonymous

Very good answer. There is nothing little about Ft Lauderdale and Broward County. Numbers isn’t everything.

Anonymous

Serious question…are there as many Virgin Employees in Plantation as there will be on the Virgin Scarlet Lady?

Anonymous

How do you deal with Virgin Voyages all the time when they don’t even have a ship as yet?

Anonymous

Arquitectonica capital of the world!

Anonymous

I wish I was a virgin!

William

Oh.. the old genting location.. Nice..

SRS

OMG…it is too graphic!!! Atquitectonica sucks and there is not much to say about it.

Anonymous

Where are they going to put the Disney terminal?

Jolly Green

Norwegian , RC, MSC, and now Virgin are building new terminals. Where’s Carnival?

Anonymous

Carnival already moved to their new terminals few years ago..

Anonymous

What a town!!!

Anonymous

You know, I have one simple request. And that is to have a cruise terminal with frickin’ laser beams.

Anonymous

You might get that with the Disney terminal…

The Real Marc

WINNING!!!

Anonymous

Can’t begin to imagine what the PoM will look like in 5 years.

Anonymous

Hopefully this is a good reason to do a full re modeling of the Bayside.

suomynona

More development? Cool.

But that “palm grove” looks straight up awful.

Anonymous

Is white the only color they sale in Miami?

Anonymous

Any impact with bird migration

Anonymous

Isn’t that the part of the port where Genting docks their shop at.

Anonymous

Gonna cost a pretty penny to build that.

Anonymous

The question is, will Virgin pay for an East-West Metrorail extension to connect MiamiCentral and Government Center to PortMiami, and potentially facilitate extending it to Watson Island and ultimately Miami Beach?

Anonymous

Answer: No

Anonymous

Here is a question…will YOU pay for the cost of the ticket??
Why does your mommy, or daddy, or Virgin have to keep paying you way?

Anonymous

Yes, I would pay for the ticket over getting an Uber.

Anonymous

i’m a born again virgin. anyone want to help me change that? 🙂

Master Angler

Who designed this project…Melo? Branson should’ve hired Arquitectonica, they would have done a world class design. Also, what are they going to do if there’s a storm? Wishing Richard the best but the Miami cruise market is saturated…time will tell.

Anonymous

You might want to re-read the article.

Anonymous

The two-story glass facility is designed to be storm proof. Arquitectonica is the architect of the new Virgin terminal.

Master Blaster

Reading is so overrated…

Anonymous

Trump, is this you?

Anonymous

Yes, this is Trump, and this is FAKE news.