Cruise & Ferry Review - Autumn/Winter 2022

1 7 8 Impressive passenger terminals Ports are building terminals that deliver exceptional experiences for cruise lines and their guests. Elly Yates-Roberts looks at some examples from around the world When developing the buildings and surrounding areas of cruise terminals, ports and cruise operators must consider a range of factors, including the number and type of ships and passengers they will be accommodating, the amenities they will need, how the facility will be integrated into the existing environment, and the way visitors and local residents will feel about the structures. The chance to build a space – particularly for an exciting industry like cruising – can present new opportunities in architecture and design. For example, many cruise terminals feature design concepts that are reminiscent of the ocean and sea-going vessels, while others prioritise the use of glass structures and vast windows. As a result, it’s not uncommon for these grand buildings to play host to a variety of other uses, including as a venue for events and conferences. Location is also key for many cruise terminals, with ports considering transport connections to city centre activities and international travel, as well as the design opportunities created by areas steeped in culture and history. Sustainability and job creation continue to play a role in cruise terminals, particularly as we see rapid growth in the revived industry. In the following pages, we will showcase cruise terminals from all around the world, highlighting how each one has been designed to deliver seamless guest experiences, while considering the needs of local communities and the environment. CFR FEATURE PortMiami, Florida, USA Known as the ‘cruise capital of the world’, PortMiami is home to 10 cruise terminals, including five dedicated to specific cruise companies – Carnival Corporation, MSC Cruises, Norwegian Cruise Line, Royal Caribbean Group and Virgin Voyages. Over the years, many of these facilities have been renovated, expanded or newly built to accommodate the growing industry and Miami’s popularity as a homeport for Caribbean cruises. In doing so, the port has played host to a range of iconic architectural landmarks that now feature on the cityscape. Royal Caribbean Group opened Terminal A – also known as The Crown of Miami due to its angular design – in 2018, when it became the largest cruise terminal in the USA. It serves as homeport to the company’s largest ships. Alongside The Crown stands The Pearl of Miami at Terminal B. Created for Norwegian Cruise Line by Miami-based design firm Bermello Ajamil & Partners, the building – which welcomed its first guests in August 2021 – draws inspiration from a nautilus, with a spiralled and multi-level facade, as well as vast glazed walls that look onto the waterfront. MSC Cruises has similarly grand plans for its terminal, which will open in 2023, designed by global architecture firm Arquitectonica and to be constructed by Fincantieri Infrastructure Florida. With an investment of $416 million,