This will be the first time Oasis-class vessels sail from Miami.
Royal Caribbean is breaking ground today on the futuristic Terminal A.
The 230,000gt Symphony of the Seas—new world's largest cruise ship—will be delivered in April 2018 and spend its inaugural season in the Mediterranean sailing from Barcelona with calls at Palma de Mallorca, Marseille, La Spezia, Civitavecchia (Rome) and Naples. There are no plans to take the ship to the UK, as with Harmony of the Seas last year, but Royal Caribbean president and ceo Michael Bayley said he expects the ship will be shown off to a whopping 20,000 media and trade partners at Barcelona events.
Symphony will arrive to Miami in November to begin seven-night eastern and western Caribbean itineraries on Saturday, Nov. 17, from the new Terminal A, dubbed the ‘Crown of Miami.’
Allure of the Seas, currently sailing from Port Everglades, will join the PortMiami lineup. That leaves just one Oasis-class ship, Harmony of the Seas, in Fort Lauderdale. (Oasis of the Seas sails from Port Canaveral.)
Basseterre, St. Kitts, becomes the newest Oasis-class port of call in the Caribbean, and private island CocoCay will join the itineraries. Royal Caribbean has just firmed a multi-year agreement with the Bahamas that includes significant development of CocoCay, including the addition of a pier, as foreshadowed here last summer.
The 170,000-square-foot 'Crown of Miami,' scheduled for completion for the arrival of Symphony and Allure, is being touted as the most innovative cruise facility in the US. It is projected to produce $500m in revenue add 4,000 jobs to Miami-Dade County. Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. anticipates generating at least 1.8m passenger moves annually at PortMiami, 30% of the port’s projected passenger traffic. That would be up from the approximately 750,000 currently, about 15% of overall traffic.
Symphony’s inaugural Europe and Caribbean itineraries are now available to book. Allure of the Seas’ 2018/19 itineraries will open for sale later in the month.