Miami cruise port, along with Port Everglades (Fort Lauderdale), is USA's main turnaround (departure) port destination for roundtrip Caribbean cruises. Both ports and their respective airports are relatively nearby to each other. PortMiami's area is sized 518 acres (0,8 ml2 / 2,1 km2). The city has world's largest number of cruise company headquarters, including Carnival, Royal Caribbean International, NCL Norwegian, Celebrity, Oceania.
- Miami metro is USA's 8th-most populous and 4th-largest, with population around 5,5 million.
- The city is a major center and leader in international trade, commerce, finance, media, entertainment, arts.
- In 2010, the city was ranked USA's 7th and world's 33rd in terms of human capital, business activity, information exchange, politics and culture. nicknamed "Capital of Latin America", Miami is the largest city with Cuban-American citizens.
- The city has USA's 3rd tallest skyline with over 300 skyscrapers. Downtown has USA's largest concentration of international banks, large national and multinational corporations.
Miami cruise port
PortMiami (nicknamed "Cruise Capital of the World") is the largest cruise port in the world.
- Miami is among the fortunate ports where the newest cruise ships make their show-off stops. And some of them are even home-ported here. The port's facilities are among the world's most modern, providing easy processing and boarding. Including for smaller vessels. Port Miami serves 18 cruise companies and 40+ ships.
- (statistics 2007) the port served over 3,787 million cruise passengers.
- (statistics 2010) the port served 4,33 million cruise passengers (1 in 7 in the world).
- (statistics 2011) the cruise port is accounted for 176000 jobs and had an economic impact of USD 18 billion.
- On August 3, 2014 was officially opened Miami Port Tunnel. The tunnel is undersea (beneath Biscayne Bay), with length 4200 ft / 1300 m and consisting of 2 parallel tubes (1 in each direction). It connects MacArthur Causeway (Watson Island) with PortMiami (Dodge Island) removing the heavy traffic to the cruise port from downtown Miami.
- (statistics 2015) the port processed almost 4,9 million cruise passengers.
- PortMiami's 2016 season had almost 4,98 million cruise ship passengers booked. In 2016 was also added new MSC-exclusive terminal capacity for year-round scheduled operations. The port started projects to enlarge the terminal and added new ship boarding bridges.
- For FY17 (fiscal year 2017 / season 2016-2017 September 30) the cruise port reported a record year with handled over 5,3 million cruise ship passengers - the world's highest ever number. In 2017 started works on the new Terminal A (scheduled for completion in late 2018). Viking Ocean made inaugural visits in November 2017 with the liners Viking Sky (Nov 12) and Viking Sun (Nov 17). Among the port's most famous newcomers in 2018 were the vessels Carnival Horizon, Norwegian Bliss and Symphony of the Seas. In 2019 here will be homeported MSC Meraviglia. In 2020, Virgin Voyages' first "adult-only ship" will be based here.
- For season 2017-2018, MiamiPort expects over 5,3 million passengers (4,9 million in 2016). The 6 million pax threshold is expected to be reached during season 2018-2019. Discussions on long-term agreements are ongoing with NCLH and Carnival Corporation.
- 2017's growth came from RCI Royal Caribbean (around 350,000 passengers more). The number will grow further since 2018, when RCI inaugurated "Terminal A" (wher are homeported Oasis-class liners) and MSC inaugurated Terminal F (for Meraviglia-class and Seaside-class liners).
- In 2017 started discussions for turaround operations by vessels of Virgin Holidays and NCL Norwegian, both companies would eventually use already existing passenger terminals. However, Carnival Cruise Line remains the port’s largest customer - with over 2 million passenger handled at PortMiami in 2017.
- Various studies on LNG bunkering were conducted, regarding whether these operations (LNG supply to berthed vessels) to be land or water-side. The port expects to receive its first LNG-powered cruise liner in 2022.
Cruise itineraries to and from Miami Florida
Follows a list of destinations visited by cruise ships leaving out of Miami:
- World Cruises - around the world voyages from Miami are offered in January, as well as shorter itinerary segments part of the main round-trip itinerary.
- South America cruises from Miami are operated by luxury lines or by budget lines ships on relocation routes to Brazil (Santos or Rio de Janeiro) or Argentina (Buenos Aires). Round-trip itineraries usually visit ports in the Southern Caribbean, Brazil (often the Amazon River region), then go back to Florida.
- Bahamas cruises from Miami visit Nassau (New Providence Island) and Freeport (Grand Bahama Island), often combined with Florida ports (mainly Key West). Major lines also include exclusive stops at their Bahamian private islands. These are Coco Cay (Royal Caribbean), Half Moon Cay (Carnival, Holland America), Princess Cays (Princess Cruises), Castaway Cay (Disney), Great Stirrup Cay (NCL Norwegian).
- Short-break (3-day) cruises to Bahamas stop in Nassau. Some 3-day and most 4-day itineraries additionally include a private island stop, while 5-day itineraries add Freeport.
- Short-break (4-day) cruises to Mexico stop in Key West and Cozumel.
- 7-day Western Caribbean cruises visit ports in Honduras, Belize, Mexico, also Grand Cayman Island (George Town) and Jamaica.
- 7-day Eastern Caribbean cruises visit ports in BVI, USVI, Dutch Antilles, also Puerto Rico, Bahamas (Nassau) and the lines private islands.
- B2B (back-to-back) cruises combine two 7-day Eastern and Western Caribbean itineraries into a 14-day roundtripitinerary.
- 8-day Southern Caribbean cruises visit Grand Turk Island, Dominican Republic, Aruba (Oranjestad), Curacao (Willemstad).
- Starting in 2016, itineraries with duration from 3-days to 14-days are operated by several lines leaving round-trip out of Miami to Cuba.
- Panama Canal cruises between Miami and California ports (Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco) are offered with one-way itineraries (up to 16 days in length). They include transition through Panama Canal and usually visit ports in Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Guatemala and Mexico (Mexican Riviera).
- Repositioning - Panama Canal transits from Florida to Alaska are offered in late Spring. The itineraries end either in California ports or in the turn-around ports for round-trip Alaskan departures - Vancouver BC or Seattle WA. The reverse routes (Alaska to Florida) are operated in early Fall.
- Repositioning - Transatlantic crossings from Florida to Europe are offered in Spring. Ships on relocation routes from Miami usually include in the itineraries Canary Islands and Mediterranean ports, and often Bermuda (stopping at King's Wharf). Longest relocation itineraries end in Baltic Sea turnaround ports (Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Hamburg).
- Repositioning - Transatlantic cruises from Europe to Florida usually depart from UK (Southampton, Dover, Harwich/London) or Mediterranean (Barcelona, Civitavecchia-Rome, also from Piraeus-Athens) and often offer a daily stop in Bermuda (Kings Wharf) as part of the itinerary route.
World's largest cruise ports
Based on 2016 passenger traffic numbers reported by CLIA, Miami cruise port was ranked world's largest (4,898 million pax). Follows the list of world's busiest cruise ports with annual shipping traffic over 1 million passengers.
- Miami FL (4,898 million)
- Port Everglades Fort Lauderdale FL (3,890 million)
- Port Canaveral Fl (3,686 million)
- Cozumel Mexico (3,637 million)
- Shanghai China (2,847 million)
- Barcelona Spain (2,683 million)
- Civitavecchia-Rome Italy (2,340 million)
- Nassau Bahamas (2,035 million)
- Canary Islands Spain (combined 1,981 million)
- Balearic Islands Spain (combined 1,957 million)
- USVI (combined 1,777 million)
- Galveston TX (1,730 million)
- Grand Cayman Island (1,712 million)
- Southampton UK (1,7 million)
- St Maarten Island (1,669 million)
- Jamaica (combined 1,655 million)
- Venice Italy (1,606 million)
- Marseille France (1,597 million)
- Sydney Australia (1,309 million)
- Naples Italy (1,306 million)
- New Orleans NOLA (1,070 million) - excluding USA river cruise passengers.
PortMiami is a major US seaport located on Dodge Island (Biscayne Bay, Florida). It is ranked the world's largest passenger port (serving both cruise and ferry shipping traffic). The port is linked to Watson Island via PortMiami Tunnel (building cost USD 1 billion).
- Dodge Island combines 3 islands (Dodge, Lummus, Sam's) into one.
- For FY11 (fiscal year 2011), PortMiami reported an economic impact in Miami-Dade County of USD 18 billion, providing around 176,000 local jobs.
- Port Boulevard connects PortMiami with Downtown. This link is a causeway over the ICW (Intracoastal Waterway. ICW has length of 3000 ml (4800 km and runs along USA's Atlantic (Eastern Seaboard) and Gulf of Mexico coasts (from Manasquan River NJ, around Gulf of Mexico to Brownsville TX). According to US federal law, ICW must be maintained at minimum depth 3,7 m (12 ft). ICW is toll-free, but since 1978 commercial users (cargo barges) are charged a fuel tax, which is used for facilities maintenance.
- PortMiami has capacity to handle the world's biggest passenger ships. It is also homeport (turnaround port) for great many large-sized cruise vessels. However, port's prime shipping business are container ships, ranking it Florida's largest container cargo port and USA's 9th. Annually, it handles over 4 million cruise ship tourists, around 7,4 million cargo tons and over 1 million TEUs (containers).
- Currently, PortMiami has 8 passenger terminals, 6 gantry crane equipped wharves (total 9 gantry cranes serving containerized cargo), 7 Ro-Ro docks (serving ferries and car carriers), 4 reefer yards (for refrigerated containers), break bulk warehouses. The port has 2 super post-panamax gantry cranes (among world's largest) with capacity to handle 22,000 TEU boxships.
- In 1997 was started an USD 250 million port redevelopment project for facility upgrades and expansion in order to accommodate cruise industry's demands. PortMiami Tunnel was built 2010-2014, linking (via SR 836) directly the port with USA's interstate highway system and bypassing downtown's congestion. By the port redevelopment program were also constructed new cruise terminals, roads, terminal parking garages, new lighting, landscaping, signage. Security Gates (opened in 2006) increased port's processing rate for shipping container trucks.
- PortMiami Deep Dredge project (budget USD 180 million, completed in 2016) increased Miami harbor's max draft to 15 m (48 ft) allowing access to Super Post Panamax boxships after the Panama Canal expansion completion.
- In March 2018, NCLH unveiled details on NCL's exclusive new Cruise Terminal B scheduled for completion in 2019 - read more in the port's "Terminal" section.
- In 2018, PortMiami implemented the NOAA agency's (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) PORTS system (Physical Oceanographic Real-Time System). The system is a public-private partnership for reducing in-port ship accidents (by over 50%) and transit delays for commercial shipping traffic. It also improves hazardous spill response. PortMiami's annual benefit from the PORTS system was estimated at around USD 300 million. The system serves a total of 31 US seaports, supporting 85% of USA's cargo shipping traffic. PORTS provides real-time maritime data to vessel operators and harbor pilots, including information on currents (in and around port), water levels, waves, water salinity, bridge clearances (air gaps), visibility, winds (speed and direction), air and water temperatures.
Highlights: City, Everglades
Miami cruise terminal
Port Miami has been the “Cruise Capital of the World” and also “Cargo Gateway of the Americas” for many years. It kept that title for more than two decades and accommodated the world’s biggest cruise ships of all famous cruise lines. Port Miami lost the tittle in the late 2000 to Port Everglades.
The port is situated in the Biscayne Bay, Miami, FL on the Dodge Island. There the Sam’s Islands, the Lummus and the Dodge (famous historic islands) combine in one. The Port of Miami is related to four important projects – the expansion of the Panama Canal, the Port of Miami Tunnel, the bridge and rail line restoration and the Port of Miami Deep Dredge Project. The ship schedule offers voyages all the year. The Miami International Airport is 8 miles away, the Fort Lauderdale International Airport – 25 miles.
Port Miami has 8 terminals. Located at the Dodge Island north part are terminals B/C, D, E , F and G, on the west is terminal H and on the south – terminal J. The most modern cruise terminal are D and E. They started to operate in 2007 and host mega ships. The luxury market is operated by cruise terminal J – facility made to look like a boutique. All passenger terminals offer cafes, check in, shops, bars and cab ranks. Multi Agency Facility is available at terminals D and E.
Miami cruise terminals B, C, D, E, F, G, H, J
- port address - "1741,1751 Africa Way, Dodge Island, Miami Florida 33132"
- location (on Dodge Island) - 8 ml / 13 km (25 min drive distance) from Miami International Airport, 25 ml / 40 km (45 min drive distance) from Fort Lauderdale International Airport
- Port entrance is via Biscayne Blvd (Port Bridge).
- Terminal address - "zzz Cruise Boulevard, Port of Miami, Miami, FL 33132"
- In the above address replace "zzz" with the corresponding address (by terminal) listed below:
- (new) Terminal A (address tba) - here will dock Royal Caribbean ships only (berth length 1300 ft / 396 m)
- Terminal B (address "1751 North")
- Terminal C (address "1741 North")
- Terminal D (address "1435 North") - here dock Carnival ships only.
- Terminal E (address "1265 North") - here dock Carnival ships only.
- Terminal F (address "1103 North")
- Terminal G (address "909/1055 North") - here dock Royal Caribbean ships only (berth length 1000 ft / 305 m)
- (west, Bimini Tent) Terminal H (address "897 South") - for Resorts World Bimini (Bimini SuperFast).
- Terminal J (address "1120 Caribbean Way") Terminal J is primarily for docking luxury cruise ships from the fleets of Azamara, Crystal, Oceania, Regent. This terminal underwent an USD 3 million refurbishment which upgraded the furniture, more lounge seating was added, along with new check-in counters.
- Terminals D and E are the newest (both open in 2007) and can berth the world's largest cruise ships with capacity up to 5000 passengers. Their buildings are 3-story facilities (sized 105,000 ft2 / 9750 m2. Each terminal has a VIP lounge, separate security screening facility (embarkation), airline counters, conveyor baggage system.
(expanded) Terminal F (MSC cruise terminal)
In December 2016 started construction works for renovating and expanding "Terminal F" to be able too accommodate MSC Seaside in December 2017. At Terminal F also docks the Miami-homeported MSC Divina.
- Miami-Dade funded the USD 38 million reconstruction project, which increased the terminal's capacity up to 6000 passengers. MSC Seaside has max capacity of 5179 passengers.
- Planned terminal enhancements included expanded waiting area (1500 seats), larger VIP waiting area (exclusive lounge for "MSC Yacht Club" VIP passengers), new "group passengers" dedicated lounge, improved baggage-claim area, 60 ticket counters, also implementing the latest technology for faster passenger embarkation / disembarkation process.
- The 2-story terminal covers a total area of 3557 m2 (38280 ft2).
- The new terminal was officially opened / inaugurated on December 7, 2017, MSC Seaside's scheduled dock in PortMiami was on December 21, 2017.
(NEW) "Terminal A" - Royal Caribbean cruise terminal in Miami
In September 2015, the world's second largest cruise ship company Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd (RCCL) announced its plans to build an USD 100 million cruise terminal at PortMiami.
- In June 2016, the port leased 10 acres (0,04 km2) of land to RCCL for building and exclusively operating a dedicated terminal.
- The facility's construction started on March 8, 2017. Here will be also home-ported two onf the RCI's largest ships- Allure of the Seas and Symphony of the Seas.
The new cruise terminal is named "Terminal A" (sized 170,000 ft2 / 15,800 m2). It will be able to handle the world's largest cruise ships of the Oasis-class. According to the MOU (memorandum of understanding) between RCCL and Miami-Dade County, the terminal's completion date is July 31, 2018. When completed, here will be home-ported for year-round operations an Oasis class ship (Allure, Oasis or Harmony).
- According to the MOU, Royal Caribbean will lease the land and finance the whole project. The company will be responsible for the terminal's design, construction of the facilities (including 1000 cars capacity parking garages).
- The project's value was estimated at USD 247 million for PortMiami - after taking into consideration up-front costs and the annual rent for current cargo shipping purposes. If compared, the port's annual revenues are USD 1,2 million (from cargo activities) and USD 9,5 million (from cruise ship operations).
- Royal Caribbean is leasing the land for an initial 20 years period at base rent USD 9,5 million per year (annual increase 1,5%). Additional to the base rent, Miami-Dade County will receive USD 5,50 per cruise passenger in excess of 1,55 million pax.
- The new RCI cruise terminal building (nicknamed 'Crown of Miami') serves exclusively RCCL ships. As of 2016, Port Miami handled around 750,000 Royal Caribbean passengers per year, or around 15% of the port's entire cruise traffic. When opened, the new terminal will generate at least 1,8 million cruisers, or around 30% of its projected passenger shipping traffic. The estimated economic impact is around USD 0,5 billion, generating around 4000 new jobs.
- In 2017, RCCL added to the project another building - named "Innovation Lab", that will serve as the corporation's headquarters. Innovation Lab is sized 1,860 m2 (20,000 ft2) and will also hosts the company's ship design studio.
- On July 7, 2016, Royal Caribbean's plans for the new terminal were approved by the Miami's Board of County Commissioners. Under the agreement, RCCL will fully finance the terminal's construction, excepting USD 15 million that the Miami port will pay for road work. RCI will pay to the Miami-Dade County USD 7,5 million in rent.
(NEW) Cruise Terminal B (NCL Norwegian terminal)
On May 2, 2017 was announced that Miami-Dade County commissioners approved the agreement with NCL (Norwegian Cruise Line) for building of a new cruise ship terminal facility at PortMiami.
- The new terminal's counstruction cost was estimated at around USD 100 million.
- The facility incorporates PortMiami's existing terminals B and C into a single / new "Terminal B".
- Miami-Dade shares the county's parking and marketing revenues. The expected numbers for fiscal 2018 were around USD 180,000 (parking) and USD 210,000 (marketing).
- The new NCL passenger terminal is expected to generate around USD 24 million gross revenue (starting FY2018), with an estimated increase of 3% each year. By the signed in April 2018 agreement, NCL guarantees Miami-Dade County a minimum of 1,3 million passengers annually. The deal created approx 155 new full-time jobs.
- By the agreement, NCL received preferential berthing rights at the new terminal. This means priority docking of vessels from the fleets of NCL, Oceania Cruises and RSSC (Regent Seven Seas Cruises).
- The required minimum number of cruise ship calls (per fiscal year) is 45, which is 15 more than by the previous agreement.
- Building's design is inspired by nautilus (marine molluscs of the cephalopod family Nautilidae). It features a spiraled, multi-level facade and open-floor interior. The building is sized approx 166,500 ft2 (15,500 m2) and implements all modern technologies that support faster and efficient passenger processing, as well as expedited security screening and luggage check-in. The design also includes a dedicated waiting lounge, separate bar lounge, service area, new parking garage, valet parking area (accessing the building directly).
- The new terminal's construction started on April 26, 2018 (ground-breaking ceremony), with scheduled completion by Fall 2019. It will have berthing capacity of 2 ships (simultaneous) having 2 berths for large-sized vessels (up to 5000 passengers each). The facility will be inaugurated with the arrival of Norwegian Encore (seasonally homeported here for winter 2019-2020).
Cruise ship terminal directions & parking
- From North - take I-95 South, drive eastbound I-395 (Miami Beach). Continue driving on I-395 East (MacArthur Causeway). The entrance of Port Miami Tunnel is on the left. Follow the signs to your Cruise Terminal.
- From North (via Downtown Miami / Port Bridge) - take I-95 South. Exit 3B-Bayside. Drive south to Northeast 5th Street, turn left. 5th Str leads onto PortMiami Bridge. Continue over the bridge and follow the signs to your terminal.
- From South - take SR-826 North to SR-836 East. Drive eastbound on SR-836 to I-395 East (Miami Beach). Continue driving on I-395 East (MacArthur Causeway). The entrance of Port Miami Tunnel is on the left. Follow the signs to your Cruise Terminal. You can also take I-95 North and drive eastbound I-395 (Miami Beach).
- From South (via Downtown Miami / Port Bridge) - take I-95 North. Exit at Northwest 2nd Street. Drive straight to NW 5th Street, make a right. 5th Str leads onto PortMiami Bridge. Continue over the bridge and follow the signs to your terminal.
- From Miami Beach - take I-395 (MacArthur Causeway), drive westbound, exit on Biscayne Blvd ramp and make U-turn on North Bayshore Drive to enter MacArthur Causeway eastbound. Then continue on I-395 East (MacArthur Causeway).
- Parking rates (subject to change) - USD 20.00 per day. All parking lots are outdoor and located in front their corresponding terminals. Special arrangements are offered for cruise passengers with disabilities.
Miami port, beside its 8 cruise terminals also has facilities to handle cargo ships (bulk carriers and container vessels) and dry dock facilities for marine vessel refurbishments and repairs.
- UN-LOCODE (United Nations location code) - USMIA
- eight dedicated cruise terminals
- supported by excellent road, rail and air infrastructure
- deep water channel - North Ship Channel has 2 turning basins - west (Fisher Island) and east (Main).
- deep water berths
- sheltered harbor area
- access unrestricted by tides
- no restrictions on length and GT tonnage of cruise ships
- The cruise port is accessible the whole year round – 24/7, 365 days a tear.
- Cruise ships usually arrive in Miami in early morning (7 or 8 am) and depart from Miami in late afternoon (at 4, 4:30 or 5 pm) and in the evenings (at 7 pm).
Hotels near Miami cruise port terminal
- Sheraton Miami Airport Hotel
- EB Hotel – Miami
- Miami International Airport Hotel
- Hilton Miami Airport
- Regency Hotel Miami
- Fairfield Inn & Suites Miami Airport South
- Holiday Inn Express Miami Springs
- Miami Airport Marriott
- Sofitel Miami
- Crowne Plaza Hotel Miami International Airport
- Embassy Suites Miami International Airport
- Holiday Inn Miami International Airport
- Comfort Suites Miami Airport North
- Hyatt house Miami Airport
- Runway Inn Miami
- Residence Inn Miami Airport
- Miami Princess Hotel
- La Quinta Inn & Suites Miami Airport East
- Days Inn Miami/Airport North
- Parkway Inn Airport Motel
Port Miami cruise ship schedule shows timetable calendars of all arrival and departure dates by month. The port's schedule lists all ships (in links) with cruises going to or leaving from Miami, Florida. To see the full itineraries (ports of call dates and arrival / departure times) and their lowest rates – just follow the corresponding ship-link.
The Miami cruise port map is interactive. It shows the port's exact location, along with the real-time cruise ship traffic (if any) in its vicinity - today, and right now. By zooming-out you can see other cruise ship ports located near Miami, Florida.
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