Broadway Malyan has been selected as the firm to design the new terminal, after a global competition was held between five of the world’s leading architectural firms. The 15,800m2 terminal is nicknamed the ‘Crown of Miami’ because of its distinct shape.
The cruise company has reached an agreement to build the terminal on land leased from the Miami-Dade County County. The new terminal will serve as homeport to Royal Caribbean International ships, including a 5,400-passenger Oasis-class ship. The agreement will come before the Miami-Dade County Board of County Commissioners on 6 July.
“We are truly excited to be working with Miami-Dade County and PortMiami to create not just another cruise terminal, but a truly iconic building,” said Richard Fain, chairman and CEO of Royal Caribbean Cruises. “This new terminal is a symbol of our commitment to Miami, the city where our company first started almost 50 years ago. We can’t wait to bring an Oasis-class ship to PortMiami.”
“Miami-Dade County is happy to welcome Royal Caribbean’s expansion at PortMiami, and all the economic benefits that come along with it,” said Carlos Gimenez, Miami-Dade County mayor. “This public-private partnership will have an estimated economic impact of $500 million [£375m] and generate approximately 4,000 jobs.”
Currently, PortMiami welcomes approximately 750,000 Royal Caribbean passengers annually, representing about 15% of its overall passenger traffic. Once the new cruise terminal is completed, it is anticipated that Royal Caribbean will generate at least 1.8 million passengers at PortMiami.