Seatrade Cruise Global: MSC Cruises unveils Miami terminal

Seatrade Cruise Global: MSC Cruises unveils Miami terminal
Arquitectonica has designed a terminal building insipired by luxury Italian yachts (Image source: MSC Cruises)

MSC Cruises’ new cruise terminal at PortMiami will have transparent sides, aerodynamic lines inspired by luxury Italian yachts and a sculptured roof when it opens in late 2022, according to design plans revealed at Seatrade Cruise Global this week.

Designed by Miami-based architecture firm Arquitectonica, the 1,600-foot-long building will host two cruise terminals (AA and AAA) and will have capacity for around 15,000 passengers. The building will be connected to two cruise berths, which will each be able to accommodate MSC Cruises’ yet-to-be-launched 7,000-guest World Class cruise ships. This will enable MSC Cruises to handle two turnarounds simultaneously and up to 28,000 passenger movements per day.

Designs shows that the terminal will have 350,000 square feet of interior space and 2,000 parking spaces.

“The new terminal – which will be one of the most innovative the industry has seen – will ensure that we can provide our guests an enhanced end-to-end, high-quality experience while both embarking and disembarking, thus adding to their ability to fully enjoy every moment of their vacation,” said Pierfrancesco Vago, MSC Cruises’ executive chairman.

Construction work will begin in early 2020 and is expected to be complete by late 2022, enabling MSC Cruises to transfer all PortMiami operations to the new terminals. MSC Cruises currently homeports MSC Seaside and MSC Armonia in Miami year-round and MSC Divina and MSC Meraviglia seasonally. When the new facilities open, the brand will handle a total of one million guests at PortMiami each year.

“With another 13 cruise vessels due to join our fleet in the next eight years, our ambition is to have our most innovative ship classes represented at PortMiami, bringing a wealth of choice to our North American, as well as international, guests,” said Vago.

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Rebecca Gibson
By Rebecca Gibson
Thursday, April 11, 2019