Port Everglades, RCL MOU includes customized terminal for Celebrity Edge

MOU moves toward long-term agreement with RCL through September 2026 MOU moves toward long-term agreement with RCL through September 2026

Port Everglades has negotiated a memorandum of understanding that provides the framework for a new long-term agreement with Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. that includes customized renovations of Cruise Terminal 25.

Those are targeted for completion by Oct. 31, 2018, ahead of the arrival of Celebrity Cruises' new Celebrity Edge.

'Our cruise line customers are becoming more sophisticated in the way they think about the guest experience, as we saw when Royal Caribbean partnered in the construction of Cruise Terminal 18 for their Oasis class of ships,' Port Everglades chief executive Steven Cernak said. 'We value the company's partnership and confidence to bring the newest ships from Royal Caribbean and Celebrity Cruises to Port Everglades.'

Royal Caribbean's Harmony of the Seas, the newest Oasis-class ship, began sailing from the port in November 2016.

The MOU will allow negotiations to move forward toward a final agreement that must be approved by the Broward County Board of County Commissioners. RCL's current agreement expires on Dec. 31. The new agreement will be effective on Jan. 1, and expire on Sept. 30, 2026, with options to extend the agreement for four years, followed by another five years.

Posted 14 March 2017

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Anne Kalosh

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