PortMiami cruise port, along with Port Everglades (Fort Lauderdale), is USA's main turnaround/departure port destination for roundtrip Caribbean cruises. Both seaports and their respective airports are relatively nearby to each other. PortMiami's area is sized 518 acres (0,8 mi2 / 2,1 km2). The city has world's largest number of cruise company headquarters, including Carnival, RCI-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 leader in international trade, commerce, finance, media, entertainment, arts. In 2010, it was ranked USA's 7th and world's 33rd in terms of human capital, business activities, information exchange, politics and culture. Nicknamed "Capital of Latin America", Miami is USA's 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. PortMiami is one of USA's fastest growing containership ports. It contributes annually with around USD 43 billion to the economy and supports over 334,000 jobs countrywide.
Miami cruise port
PortMiami (nicknamed "Cruise Capital of the World") is the largest cruise port in the world.
Miami is among the world's most fortunate seaports where newest cruise ships make show-off visits and many schedule inaugural homeporting seasons. Port's facilities are among world's most modern, providing easy processing and boarding. PortMiami serves over 20 cruise companies and 60+ different passenger ships.
On August 3, 2014, was 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.
PortMiami's 2016 season had nearly 4,98 million cruise passengers booked. In 2016 was also added new MSC-exclusive terminal for year-round homeporting. The seaport started projects to enlarge the MSC terminals (AA, AAA) and added new passenger-boarding bridges.
For FY2017 (fiscal year/season 2016-2017 September 30) the cruise port reported a record year with over 5,3 million cruise passengers - world's highest ever number. In 2017 started works on "Terminal A" (completed in November 2018). Viking Ocean made inaugural visits in November 2017 with Viking Sky (Nov 12) and Viking Sun (Nov 17). Among port's most famous newcomers in 2018 were the vessels Carnival Horizon, Norwegian Bliss and Symphony of the Seas. In 2019 here were homeported MSC Meraviglia. In 2020, Virgin Voyages' first ship (Scarlet Lady) is also based here.
For season 2017-2018, PortMiami expected 5,3+ million passengers (4,9 million in 2016). The 6-million pax threshold was 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 grew further since after RCI inaugurated "Terminal A" (and homeported Oasis-class liners) and MSC inaugurated "Terminal F" (for Meraviglia-class and Seaside-class liners).
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.
On May 4, 2018, from Barcelona to PortMiami were delivered 2 large-sized "Seaport Passenger Boarding Bridges". The tailor-made (fully assembled) bridges were for the renovated "Terminal F’". Each of these 2-ton walkways is 4-sectioned (telescopic) and has length 32 m (105 ft). The bridges were designed by Adelte (Spain) and custom-made for "Terminal F" - to serve large liners with LOA length over 300 m (984 ft).
In late-October 2019 was approved the agreement for Brightline Miami to be rebranded "Virgin Trains" and Virgin Group to build a train station (Virgin Trains PortMiami) at the cruise port. The new station serves high-speed trains and connects PortMiami directly with the USA's intercity railway system (via Aventura, Boca Raton, West Palm Beach) to Orlando International Airport. Brightline plans to expand the railway to Tampa and Jacksonville.
On August 31, 2020, Miami-Dade County' commission authorized the issuance of up to USD 0,5 billion in special obligation bonds, of which USD 335 million designated for PortMiami and the rest going toward development projects related to the County's general fund.
- The approval came as cruising out of US homeports remained banned through October 1, and all major cruise companies suspended departures through October 31.
- Before the Coronavirus 2020 crisis paralyzed the ship cruise industry, the County agreed to pay USD 700 million toward 7 projects - 5 new cruise terminals and 2 cruise company headquarters. Five shipowners (Carnival Corporation, NCLH-Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings, MSC Cruises, Royal Caribbean Group, Virgin Voyages) agreed to repay USD 5,8 billion over the next 20-62 years.
- The biggest part of the USD 335 million in bonds (USD 130 M) was allocated for the building of the Virgin Voyages Terminal
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.
PortMiami has capacity to handle the world's biggest passenger ships and is homeport (turnaround port) for numerous large-sized vessels. However, port's prime shipping business are container ships, ranking it Florida's largest container cargo port and USA's 9th-largest. Annually, it handles 4+ million cruise ship tourists, around 7,4 million cargo tons and 1+ million TEU-containers.
Currently, PortMiami has 9 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), breakbulk 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 USD 250 million port redevelopment project for facility upgrades and expansion in order to accommodate industry's demands. PortMiami Tunnel was built 2010-2014, linking (via SR 836) directly the seaport with USA's interstate highway system, thus bypassing downtown's congestion. By this project 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 container trucks.
In 2007, the port served over 3,787 million cruise passengers. In 2010 were handled 4,33 million cruise passengers (1 in 7 in the world). In 2015 were handled nearly 4,9 million cruisers. For FY11 (fiscal year 2011), PortMiami reported an economic impact in Miami-Dade County of USD 18 billion, providing around 176,000 local jobs.
On December 9, 2018 (Sunday), the port reported its ultimate one-day record for cruise shipping traffic - 52,000 passengers. The list of berthed liners included Carnival Horizon, Carnival Magic, Disney Magic, MSC Divina, Norwegian Getaway, Oceania Riviera, Allure of the Seas, Empress of the Seas, and the high-speed catamaran San Gwann (FRS Caribbean - German company serving the ferry route Miami-Bimini Islands).
Port Boulevard connects PortMiami with Downtown. This link is a causeway over the ICW (Intracoastal Waterway. ICW has length 3000 mi (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 Deep Dredge project (budget USD 180 million, completed in 2016) increased 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 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.
On May 10, 2018, was officially opened Carnival's "Fleet Operations Center". The 35,000 ft2 facility allows simultaneous real-time monitoring of all ships in the fleet. The main feature is its 74 ft (22,5 m) long video wall composed of 57x LED screens. The data processed here includes itinerary information, current position, weather conditions, logistics, environmental status, guest operations. The interactive world map shows also current locations of all Carnival Corporation ships (all brands). The centre is staffed 24 / 7. The Corporation also owns similar monitoring centres in Seattle and Hamburg.
FY2018 (Sept 2017-Sept 2018) was another (4th consecutive) record year, with 5,8% growth in containerized cargo volumes (total 1,084 million TEUs) and 4,7% increase in cruise shipping (total 5,592 million passengers). Cargo shipping growth was attributed to seaport's USD 1 billion investments in infrastructure improvements that allowed handling of Post-Panamax ships (with min draft 12 m / 40 ft). In 2018, the port handled over 250 such vessels, following a deep dredging project and the installation of Super Post-Panamax gantry cranes. Cruise shipping growth was attributed to expanded business opportunities (adding 3 new cruise companies - Viking Ocean, Seabourn, Victory Cruise Lines), extended homeport seasons and homeporting larger passenger liners.
In early-January 2019, MSC signed with Miami-Dade County a letter of intent for expanding company's PortMiami operations. By this project (scheduled for completion in November 2022) MSC will increase its annual capacity by building two (exclusive) cruise terminals (AA, AAA). The project includes design, construction and management of the buildings (pax capacity 7000, 28,000 daily movements), berths (2 mega-liners), terminal parking garages, administrative offices, storage facilities plus infrastructure. MSC plans to homeport here several of fleet's largest ships. Project's approval was received on Sept 19, 2019.
FY2019 (Sept 2018-Sept 2019) was again record-breaking for both container shipping (+3,4 % increase, to 1,12 million TEUs) and cruise shipping (+22% increase, to 6,824 million passengers). In 2019 were signed terminal development projects with Carnival Corporation, MSC, NCL-Norwegian, Virgin Voyages, CMA-CGM (for Terminal Link Miami). The port generated ~USD 7,8 billion (economic impact) and supported ~27,500 South Florida jobs.
In 2019, PortMiami handled ~6,8 million cruise passengers, providing 27500 jobs and contributing ~USD 7,8 billion to state's economy.
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 roundtrip itinerary.
- 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.
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 world's biggest cruise ships of all major passenger shipping companies. PortMiami lost the tittle in 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 9 terminals. Located at the Dodge Island north part are terminals B/C, D, E , F and G, on the west is terminal H (V) and on the south – terminal J. The most modern cruise terminal are D and E. They started to operate in 2007 and host mega-liners. 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 mi / 13 km (25-min drive distance) from Miami International Airport, 25 mi / 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 "1015 North") - here dock Royal Caribbean ships only. Berth length is 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)
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 / debarkation 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.
On May 4, 2018, from Barcelona were delivered 2 large-sized passenger boarding bridges. Tailor-made for "Terminal F’", each bridge is 2 tons and 4-sectioned (telescopic), with length 32 m (105 ft). They serve cruise ships with LOA length over 300 m (984 ft).
In September 2019, Carnival Cruise Line received approval for major expansion and renovation of "Terminal F". The upgraded facility will be able to handle Carnival’s second Excel-class vessel (yet-unnamed, to be homeported here in 2022-Q4). It will be also PortMiami's 3rd cruise terminal dedicated to Carnival ships. The 2019-signed with Carnival agreement included company's commitment to homeport at Terminal F ships for 20 years, with the option of two additional 7-year lease extensions. Carnival Terminal F's renovations were scheduled for completion by October 2022.
(NEW) MSC Cruise Terminal (AA, AAA)
In July 2018, Miami-Dade County and MSC signed an agreement for extended preferential berthing rights and MoU for building a new "Cruise Terminal AAA" at PortMiami (company's exclusive US homeport). The new agreement extended the old Saturdays preferential berthing rights also to Sundays.
The new MSC terminal AAA is scheduled for completion by October 2022. It has capacity to handle MSC World-Class liners (company's ever-largest, with passenger capacity 7,000).
The 2018-signed MoU agreement received approval from Miami-Dade's Commissioners on April 9, 2019. MSC will design and build and exclusively operate and maintain a large building serving 2 cruise terminals (AA, AAA) and 2 berths. For terminal's design was contracted Arquitectonica (global architecture, landscape and interior design company). PortMiami's MSC terminals will serve 2 turnarounds simultaneously, with per-day max passenger capacity 28,000. The deal was officially signed on Sept 19, 2019.
(NEW) "Terminal A" - Royal Caribbean Miami Terminal
In September 2015, the world's second-largest cruise ship company Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd (RCCL) announced its plans to build a USD 100 million cruise terminal at PortMiami. In June 2016, the PortMiami leased 10 acres (0,04 km2) of land to RCCL for building and exclusively operating a dedicated terminal. Here are also homeported two of RCI's largest liners - Allure of the Seas and Symphony of the Seas.
The new "Terminal A" facility is sized 170,000 ft2 (15,800 m2) and able to handle world's largest passenger ships of the Oasis-class. According to the MOU (memorandum of understanding) between RCCL and Miami-Dade County, terminal's completion date was July 31, 2018. According to the MOU, RCCL leased the land and financed the whole project. RCCL was responsible for terminal's design and construction of facilities (including 1000 cars capacity parking garages).
On July 7, 2016, Royal Caribbean's plans for the new terminal were approved by Miami's Board of County Commissioners. Under the agreement, RCCL fully financed terminal's construction, excepting USD 15 million that PortMiami paid for road works. RCI pays to Miami-Dade County USD 7,5 million in rent.
Project's value was estimated at USD 247 million for PortMiami - after taking into consideration up-front costs and annual rent for current cargo shipping purposes. For comparison, seaport's annual revenues are USD 1,2 million (from cargo activities) and USD 9,5 million (from cruise shipping).
Royal Caribbean is leasing the land for an initial 20 years period (until 2048) at base rent USD 9,5 million per year (annual increase 1,5%). Additional to the base rent, Miami-Dade County receives USD 5,50 per cruise passenger in excess of 1,55 million pax.
The new 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 ~15% of seaport's entire cruise traffic. The new terminal generates at least 1,8 million cruisers (or around 30% of its projected passenger shipping traffic) with estimated economic impact around USD 0,5 billion. The facility generated around 4000 new local jobs.
Construction works started on March 8, 2017. RCCL later added to the project another building - named "Innovation Lab", that serves as corporation's headquarters. Innovation Lab is sized 1,860 m2 (20,000 ft2) and also hosts company's ship design studio.
"Terminal A" was officially inaugurated on November 2, 2018. The opening ceremony was attended by Richard Fain (RCCL's CEO), Michael Bayley (RCI's CEO), Carlos Gimenez (Miami City Mayor), Rebecca Sosa (Commissioner). With current annual capacity 750,000 customers, RCI represents ~15% of port's overall passenger shipping traffic. With the new terminal, Royal Caribbean expects annual capacity to reach 2 million.
(NEW) Terminal B (NCL Norwegian cruise terminal)
On May 2, 2017, was announced that Miami-Dade County commissioners approved the agreement with NCLH (Norwegian Cruise Line Holding) for building a new cruise terminal at PortMiami. The facility has berthing capacity 2 ships (simultaneous), having 2 berths for large-sized vessels (up to 5000 passengers each). The facility will be inaugurated in February 2020, with the arrival of Norwegian Encore (seasonally homeported here for winter 2019-2020).
NCL terminal's construction officially started on April 26, 2018 (ground-breaking ceremony). The project was officially approved on April 10, and works started on May 1, with planned completion in Fall 2019. Terminal's 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 cruise 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 and RSSC-Regent. 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).
(NEW) Virgin Voyages "Terminal V"
On November 28, 2018, Richard Branson (Virgin Group's Founder) and Tom McAlpin (Virgin Voyages' President and CEO) officially announced in Miami City company's plans to build a new (exclusive) cruise terminal in PortMiami.
"Virgin Voyages Terminal" is sized 100,000 ft2 (9300 m2) and will be located on seaport's northwestern side. Approval for the project was given on Sept 20, 2019, with subsequent berthing agreement deal.
Construction works started in October 2019, with scheduled completion in November 2021. The USD 150 million (~EUR 137 million) facility was officially renamed from "Terminal H" to "Terminal V". Virgin Voyages has brand'ss name on a for-profit train connecting Miami with West Palm Beach (via Aventura and Boca Raton). Virgin's cruise operations from PortMiami were planned to start in April 2020 with Scarlet Lady.
In late-October 2019 was approved the agreement for Brightline Miami to be rebranded "Virgin Trains" and Virgin Group to build a train station (Virgin Trains PortMiami) at the cruise port. The new station serves high-speed trains and connects PortMiami directly with the USA's intercity railway system and Orlando International Airport. Construction works on Virgin Trains PortMiami are scheduled for completion in 2022.
Cruise ship terminal directions and 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 (Road 887) 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, besides its 9 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).
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