Once complete, the renovation and expansion will allow the terminal to support operations of Carnival’s new Excel class ship, clearing the way for the yet-to-be-named sister ship of Mardi Gras to be home-ported in Miami when it is delivered in 2022.
Christine Duffy, President of Carnival Cruise Line, said: “With today’s approval, we will move quickly on a plan to remodel and expand Terminal F so that it will accommodate the most innovative class of ship to join our fleet.
“Over the last several months, we have had very constructive discussions with PortMiami and Miami-Dade leaders about our plans for Miami and our goal to enhance and grow our capacity and operations in our hometown. Everyone is very excited about Miami being home to our next LNG ship in North America and the sister ship to Mardi Gras, which arrives next August and is generating tremendous enthusiasm. Today's vote assures that the new ship and terminal expansion will both arrive in time for Carnival’s 50th anniversary in 2022.”
The redesigned Terminal F will accommodate not only Carnival’s largest and newest class of ship, but also allow the line to bring its next LNG ship to south Florida. Duffy thanked local officials for their efforts to work cooperatively with the company to reach agreement on scope, timing and design work so that construction can be completed in time for the ship’s late 2022 arrival. Mardi Gras, the first Carnival Excel class ship for the line, will be delivered in August next year, and will be home-ported at Port Canaveral after inaugural sailings from Europe and New York.
When completed, Carnival claims that Terminal F will be the third cruise terminal at PortMiami dedicated to the company’s operations. The agreement includes a commitment by Carnival to keep ships at Terminal F for a period of 20 years, with the option of two additional seven-year extensions.
The terminal’s simple and open design by Berenblum Busch Architects of Miami will allow for exceptional efficiency and flexibility to accommodate Carnival’s largest class of ships, maximising use of facial recognition technology and other elements to move guests through the embarkation process.
According to the statement, expansion plans will result in Terminal F being Carnival’s largest terminal in North America. All renovations are set for completion by October 2022 to welcome the Carnival Excel class ship arriving in late 2022.
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