Broward County's Port Everglades will be investing more than $100M for a complete makeover of Cruise Terminal 25, which will continue to be a preferential berth for Royal Caribbean Cruises, Ltd. as part of a new long-term agreement approved unanimously by the Broward County Board of Commissioners.
The new agreement replaces the current RCCL agreement, which expires at the end of 2017, and continues through September 30, 2026, with options to extend the terms for an additional four years, followed by an additional five years.
RCCL also has preferential berthing rights at Cruise Terminal 18, which was completed in 2009 to welcome Royal Caribbean's Oasis of the Seas and its sister ships Allure of the Seas in 2010 and Harmony of the Seas in 2016. All three ships are part of the Oasis-class of ships, considered to be the largest and most innovative cruise ships in the world. The newer Harmony of the Seas replaced Oasis of the Seas to sail year-round every Saturday from Port Everglades. Allure of the Seas sails every Sunday year-round.
Beginning December 2018, Celebrity Edge, the first ship in a new class of ships for Celebrity Cruises in nearly a decade, will also be sailing out of Port Everglades. According to a written release, the 2,918-guest ship was designed to "bring the outside in and aims to make discerning global travelers redefine how they experience the world and how intimate a vacation can be."
Eleven cruise lines, one ferry service and more than 40 cruise ships sail from the Port Everglades.