Norwegian Breaks Ground on New Terminal at PortMiami

The teams at NV2A-Haskell, Bermello Ajamil & Partners, and Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings during the ceremony // Photo by Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd.

Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd., the parent company of the Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises brands, celebrated the groundbreaking of the new and dedicated Norwegian Cruise Line terminal at PortMiami. The Miami-Dade County Board of Commissioners approved the project on April 10, 2018, with construction beginning May 1. The terminal is scheduled for completion by the fall of 2019, as Norwegian Encore, the newest ship of the Breakaway Plus class, debuts in Miami with seasonal cruises to the Caribbean.

Present at the ceremony, which took place at PortMiami’s Terminal B, were Frank Del Rio, president and chief executive officer of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd.; Andy Stuart, president and chief executive officer of Norwegian Cruise Line; Howard Sherman, executive vice president of onboard revenue and destination services; Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez; Miami-Dade County Commissioner Rebeca Sosa; PortMiami Director and Chief Executive Officer Juan Kuryla; Florida State Representative Cynthia Stafford; and leading executives from the architecture and construction firms on record, Bermello Ajamil & Partners and the NV2A-Haskell joint venture. 

At nearly 166,500 square feet, the Norwegian terminal will accommodate ships of up to 5,000 passengers and will incorporate technology to support faster and more efficient embarkation and disembarkation, as well as expedited security screening and luggage check-in. A dedicated lounge and service area will offer a warm arrival for guests, and a new parking garage and valet parking area with direct access to the terminal will streamline the arrival and departure process for more efficiency.

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Aside from functionality and efficiency, the terminal, which is being constructed to LEED-Silver standards, is set to showcase a modern architectural style. Drawing inspiration from the Fibonacci nautilus, the design is a glass-encased building with a spiraled, multi-level façade that offers ocean views.

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