MSC Group breaks ground in PortMiami for North America's largest cruise terminal

   March 11, 2022 ,   Cruise Industry

MSC Cruises on Thursday, March 10, broke ground for its new US$350 million mega cruise ship terminal in Miami (Florida USA) which when it opens will become the largest in North America.

The 4-story building with 4 embarkation decks will accommodate up to 36,000 passenger movements per day and provide enough berthing space to serve 3 latest-generation cruise ships simultaneously.

The project is expected to allow the line to further its presence in the North American cruise market and attract more international guests for holidays in the Caribbean.

In July 2021, the Cruise Division of MSC Group and Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri announced a partnership whereby Fincantieri Infrastructure will build the state-of-the-art facility which will boast a striking design by global architecture firm Arquitectonica.

The new cruise terminal will be able to accommodate the largest and most environmentally advanced ships of MSC Cruises, including the current flagship, MSC Seashore, and the line’s future LNG-powered World Class liners. Most ships at berth at the new Miami terminal will be able to plug into the local power grid, in line with the plans of PortMiami to enable shore power connectivity.

MSC Explora cruise ship

MSC Cruises added that the new cruise terminal demonstrated its commitment to enhancing its attractive Caribbean Sea voyages for its passengers, all of whom will enjoy the experience before they have stepped onboard one of its ships.

It is also part of its ambition to deploy some of its most modern and environmentally advanced cruise ships in PortMiami, all of whose itineraries will visit MSC Ocean Cay (Bahamas private island).

The new cruise terminal is scheduled to be completed by December 2023.