Carnival’s future Excel class ship to get new Miami terminal in 2022

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The Miami-Dade County Commission has approved a proposal for the complete renovation and expansion of Cruise Terminal F (pictured above) at PortMiami, that will support Carnival’s latest yet-to-be-named Excel class ship, which will make Miami its home port upon delivery late in 2022.

“With today’s approval, we will move quickly on a plan to remodel and expand Terminal F so that it will accommodate the most innovative class of ship to join our fleet,” said Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line. “Over the last several months, we have had very constructive discussions with PortMiami and Miami-Dade leaders about our plans for Miami and our goal to enhance and grow our capacity and operations in our hometown. Everyone is very excited about Miami being home to our next liquefied natural gas (LNG) ship in North America and the sister ship to Mardi Gras, which arrives next August and is generating tremendous enthusiasm. Today’s vote assures that the new ship and terminal expansion will both arrive in time for Carnival’s 50th anniversary in 2022.”

When completed, Terminal F will be the third cruise terminal at PortMiami dedicated to Carnival operations. The agreement includes a commitment by Carnival to keep ships at Terminal F for 20 years, with the option of two additional seven-year extensions.

The terminal is designed by Berenblum Busch Architects of Miami for efficiency and flexibility in accommodating Carnival’s largest class of ships, maximising use of facial recognition technology and other elements that will help expedite guests through the embarkation process.

These expansion plans will make Terminal F Carnival’s largest terminal in North America. All renovations are set for completion by October 2022.

Mardi Gras, the first Carnival Excel class ship for the line, will be delivered in August 2020 and will have its home port at Port Canaveral after inaugural sailings from Europe and New York.

Other PortMiami terminals approved

The Miami-Dade board of commissioners also approved the construction of a new cruise ship terminal for MSC, which will combine AA and AAA with enough room to dock two of MSC’s future 7,000-passenger ships. MSC expects the new terminal to be completed by 2022.

PortMiami’s Terminal H will be renamed as Terminal V as it becomes Virgin Voyages’ future 100,000ft² (9,290m²)  terminal, designed by Miami architectural firm Arquitectonica. The cruise line’s first ship, Scarlet Lady, will sail from Miami starting in April 2020.

Norwegian Cruise Line’s new PortMiami Terminal B, designed by global architecture firm Bermello Ajamil & Partners, will accommodate ships of up to 5,000 passengers, and feature new technology to support faster and more efficient embarkation and disembarkation, as well as expedited security screening and luggage check-in. It is slated for completion in 2020.

Image: Carnival Cruise Lines

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