Royal Caribbean plans to build a new, state of the art cruise terminal in Miami able to handle the largest cruise ships in the world. The 170,000-sq.foot terminal is nicknamed 'Crown of Miami' due to its distinct shape.
The building will serve as a new homeport to RCI (Royal Caribbean International) ships, including a 5,400-guest Oasis-class ship, the largest cruise vessel in the world.
Currently, the port handles 750,000 Royal Caribbean cruisers per year, representing around 15% of its passenger traffic.
No cost or timeframe of the project has been disclosed yet. However, on July 6 it is due to come before the Miami-Dade County Board of county commissioners.
Royal Caribbean Cruises will generate at least 1.8M passengers at Port Miami when the new cruise terminal is opened, representing 30% of port's projected passenger traffic.
Miami-Dade County mayor, Carlos Gimenez, said:
"This public-private partnership will have an estimated economic impact of $500 million and generate approximately 4,000 jobs.
“Royal Caribbean has been an important part of our world-class community for almost 50 years, and this expansion will once again make PortMiami Royal Caribbean's largest cruise port in the world.”
Richard Fain, Royal Caribbean chairman and CEO, said:
"This new terminal is a symbol of our commitment to Miami, the city where our company first started almost 50 years ago. We can't wait to bring an Oasis-class ship to PortMiami."