Broward County Commission has awarded Bermello, Ajamil & Partners the contract to provide design and consulting services for Port Everglades Cruise Terminal 4 renovation project.
Once rebuilt, the terminal will serve Disney Cruise Line.
“Disney is known for its remarkable creativity worldwide. I’m sure this new terminal will reflect the magical Disney experience for travellers. We are certainly very happy and complimented that Disney Cruise Line will be sailing from our Port Everglades,” said Broward County Mayor, Michael Udine.
Improvements to Cruise Terminal 4 and the adjacent berth will begin once the interior and exterior designs are completed. The entire project must be finished by the autumn of 2023 when Disney is scheduled to make its debut at Port Everglades.
“Our Seaport Construction staff has been working closely with teams of imagineers and other creative groups to brainstorm designs and ideas to maximise guest flow and efficiency. I am excited to see the final product,” said Port Everglades CEO and Port Director, Jonathan Daniels (pictured).
Adding Port Everglades as a second homeport gives Disney a dedicated terminal in a market with direct highway access and one of the US’ fastest growing airports – Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport (FLL).
Disney’s original homeport is Port Canaveral, located in Central Florida.
“We continue to make progress on our specially-designed Disney Cruise Line terminal, which will allow us to provide the outstanding experience our guests have come to expect from us, along with that special touch of Disney magic,” said Disney Cruise Line Senior Vice President and General Manager, Sharon Siskie.
Disney has signed a 15-year partnership that includes one ship to be homeported in Port Everglades year-round beginning next year, joined by a second, seasonal ship in 2025.
The agreement supports an estimated 1,111 direct local jobs generating $31.6 mill in wages and $12.3 mill in state and local taxes, according to a study by maritime research company, Martin Associates.