Norwegian Cruise Line has unveiled the design of a new and dedicated NCL terminal at PortMiami.
This terminal represents the continued relationship and strong ties between NCL and Miami, which has been the company’s home since its launch in 1966.
Pending the final approval by the Miami-Dade County Board of County Commissioners, the project will commence in May, of this year and is scheduled for completion by Autumn 2019, as ‘Norwegian Encore’, the newest ship in the ‘Breakaway Plus’ class cruise ships, makes her debut in Miami with seasonal cruises to the Caribbean.
“Norwegian has been sailing from Miami for over 50 years, longer than any other cruise line, and we are honoured to be partnering with PortMiami and Miami-Dade County to construct an iconic terminal that will contribute to Miami’s world famous skyline and strengthen its position as the Cruise Capital of the World,” said Frank Del Rio, NCLH president and CEO. “This terminal marks the latest step in our continual efforts to strengthen our presence in strategic home ports around the world. We look forward to welcoming ‘Norwegian Encore’ and the thousands of guests sailing on Norwegian Cruise Line and her sister brands to this state-of-the-art terminal.”
As a result of the continued relationship, Miami-Dade County will invest $100 mill to build the new terminal with NCLH augmenting the county’s allocated funds with its own contribution to PortMiami, according to a conference at the 2018 Seatrade Cruise Global exhibition.
“Investing in PortMiami’s infrastructure positions Miami as a global destination for visitors,” said Miami-Dade County Mayor, Carlos Gimenez. “The construction of a new cruise terminal with the capacity to berth an additional 5,000-passenger cruise ship represents thousands of jobs and increased opportunities for our community. We are grateful for Norwegian Cruise Line’s continued partnership.”
The Miami-based firm of Bermello Ajamil & Partners was chosen to design the new terminal. The project will be constructed to LEED Silver standards, focusing on innovation in design and terminal operation to create a facility that will optimise energy performance, indoor air quality, water efficiencies and maximise the use of local materials and resources.
“The new Norwegian terminal will set the standard for passenger comfort and experience and will become an iconic building on Miami’s waterfront, a true representation of the role that Norwegian and PortMiami played as the pioneers of modern cruising,” said Luis Ajamil, president and CEO of Bermello Ajamil & Partners.