Port Canaveral officials introduced a 30-year plan to Port Authority which proposes to increase cruise ship capacity with up to 8 full-service terminals.
The expansion plan was soon approved by Canaveral Port Authority Board of Commissioners by 5-0 vote. It features expansion and cost estimates for the cruise, spaceport, recreation and shipping infrastructure of the port.
Port Canaveral currently has 5 full-service cruise terminals, but the plan states that cruise passenger traffic, which reached 4.5 million last year, could top 8 million cruisers before 2040.
The plan was created by lead consultant Luis Ajamil of Bermello, Ajamil & Partners of Miami. It calls for US$2.25 billion in expenditures which includes the addition of 2 terminals on the port's east side, one in 2019 and another in 2025, along with the expansion of Terminal 5 in 2031. The proposed 8th terminal is earmarked for 2045.
Recreation and razing of Terminal 3 is currently in the works, and that is the one targeting 2019 opening. Terminal 3 is the current terminal for cruise ships visiting for the day. When redone will feature border-control and customs facilities. Adjacent to it is a smaller Terminal 2, where Victory Cruises gaming vessel operates. This is the location which is targeted for 2025 revamp. The potential location for the 8th terminal has yet to be determined.