Aussie cruisers heading to sail the Caribbean region from Miami onboard a Royal Caribbean ship in coming years will pass through a striking new ocean cruise terminal to be built by the cruise brand in the city and which will serve as an exclusive home port for the line’s ships.
Details of the new terminal have this week been revealed by the cruise line. Dubbed the “Crown of Miami” due to its distinct shape and appearance when viewed from the air, the facility will also reflect the letter “M” when viewed from the east or west. It will allow Royal Caribbean to base one of its Oasis-class ships – either Allure of the Seas, Oasis of the Seas or Harmony of the Seas, from the terminal in coming seasons. The terminal will cover an area of nearly 16,000 square metres once complete.
At night, the terminal will become a shining beacon for the line thanks to a glittering light display which will illuminate the Miami city landscape. No formal opening date has been declared, however it is understood the facility will be ready in time for Royal Caribbean to begin using for the 2017 Northern Summer cruise season.
Royal Caribbean is aiming to welcome around 1.8 million cruise passengers through the terminal each year – around 30% of the total cruise population which sets sail from Miami.
In addition to the new terminal, Royal Caribbean will commit to spending $20 million on a separate facility adjacent to its headquarters which it will call its “Innovation Lab”. This new two-storey structure will become the setting from where the line will spearhead its ideas and creations for potential placement on existing and future Royal Caribbean ships.
The line has previously confirmed it will base all three of its current Oasis-class ships in Florida over the peak 2017/18 winter season. Harmony of the Seas and older sister Allure of the Seas will operate regular cruises from nearby Fort Lauderdale, while Oasis of the Seas will be based further north in Port Canaveral. Upon completion of its new Miami terminal, it will be interesting to see which ship Royal Caribbean moves to Miami.