This is part of a new long-term agreement with RCL approved unanimously by the Broward County Board of County Commissioners.
The new agreement replaces the current one, which expires at the end of 2017. It continues through Sept. 30, 2026, with options to extend the terms for an additional four years, followed by an additional five years.
Both Royal Caribbean International and Celebrity Cruises sail from Port Everglades.
'Renovating Cruise Terminal 25 was already part of our Master/Vision Plan, and was scheduled to begin this year,' said Steven Cernak, chief executive and port director, Port Everglades. 'Giving preferential berthing rights to Royal Caribbean allows us to build a facility that meets their expectations for the new generations of larger cruise ships and for the new Celebrity Edge, which is scheduled to homeport at Port Everglades beginning in December 2018.'
Cruise Terminal 25 was built in 1992. A section to provide an additional elevator was completed in 2004.
RCL also has preferential berthing rights at Cruise Terminal 18, completed in 2009 to welcome Oasis of the Seas and her sister ships Allure of the Seas in 2010 and Harmony of the Seas in 2016. The newer Harmony of the Seas replaced Oasis of the Seas to sail year-round every Saturday from the port. Allure of the Seas sails every Sunday year-round.