We live in an age where the biggest cruise lines are not just building multi-million pound, mammoth-sized cruise ships but are also developing their own private cruise terminals in which they will dock. As cruise vessels become larger and boast increasingly advanced technical features, the need for somewhere just as modern and impressive from which cruisers will step on board the ship is growing.
Virgin Voyages is already set to make a splash when they launch Scarlet Lady next year and complete their new terminal in 2021, just in time for when she is expected to sail around the Caribbean. Norwegian Cruise Line has announced an agreement to begin construction on its own private terminal (due to open November 2019), whilst Royal Caribbean had barely finished the upgrade of its Miami-based Terminal A before revealing plans to build another in Galveston, Texas before the end of 2021.
And it seems like PortMiami is the go-to spot for these ultra-modern cruise departure buildings. Virgin, NCL and Royal Caribbean have all staked a claim at the world’s busiest cruise port and the latest name added to this growing list is MSC Cruises. Breaking the news last week, Pierfrancesco Vago, MSC Cruises Executive Chairman, said: “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.
Although details of the new complex are yet to be revealed, we do know that the structure will actually feature two terminal buildings, both able to simultaneously host one of the new World Class vessels that MSC Cruises is currently building. This means that up to 28,000 passengers could pass through every day and more than a million each year. The new building is sure to enhance their experience, making both embarkation and disembarkation more streamlined and stress-free.
Construction is not due to start until the first quarter of 2020 and so the completion date is set for 2022, by which time all of MSC Cruises’ North-American based ships will be moved to the new terminal.
If you would like to plan and book your MSC Cruise, our team can be contacted by calling 0800 035 0701.