Carnival Cruise Line announced $195M terminal expansion at PortMiami, now the port has over 1B in construction

September 27, 2019

Following the renovations/construction of other cruise lines, now Carnival Cruise Line revealed its own $195 million terminal expansion. Miami-Dade County commissioners approved the upgrades on Terminal F at PortMiami, construction conclusion is expected by October 2022.

The company is seeking to host their biggest Excel class ship, still unnamed, upon delivery. The new ship will use liquefied natural gas as a source of energy. Carnival is currently the largest cruise operator in Miami, and the Terminal F is the third company facility at the port. 

The company will pay $120.3 million towards the expansion and an extra $429m in fees over 20 years as revenue towards the county. Carnival will also have two seven-year extension options. Miami-Dade will be responsible for construction cost overruns.

Berenblum Busch Architects of Miami is designing the terminal expansion with a straightforward design to maximize the use of facial identification technology, and other elements to move guests through the embarkation process.

There is a total of approximately $1.2 billion in new cruise terminal space coming to PortMiami, which is already the biggest in the world: 

  • Royal Caribbean’s Crown of Miami ($250 million, completed last year)
  • MSC Cruise Terminal and US HQ ($300 million+, the budget was approved last week)
  • Norwegian Cruise Line’s Pearl of Miami ($239 million, the budget increase was approved last week)
  • Virgin Voyages Palm Grove Terminal (179 million, the budget increase was approved last week)

PortMiami will also beneficiate with two other projects: the Virgin Trains station and a $300 million Royal Caribbean Global Headquarters.

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