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Norwegian reveals iconic design for new PortMiami cruise terminal

(Rendering: Bermello Ajamil & Partners)
A spiraled and multi-level façade opening up to grand ocean views
Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings' new terminal at PortMiami will be a $100m-plus standout, inspired by a nautilus, with its spiraled and multi-level façade opening up to grand ocean views.

Construction is expected to begin in May, pending county commission approvals, for completion by Norwegian Encore's debut in fall 2019.

Miami-Dade County will invest $100m to build the facility, augmented by funds from NCLH.

Revealing the designs at Seatrade Cruise Global today, NCLH president and CEO Frank Del Rio promised an 'iconic terminal that will contribute to Miami's world famous skyline and strengthen its position as the Cruise Capital of the World.'

Besides Norwegian Encore, the facility can serve the ships of NCL sister brands Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises but those are likely to continue using the boutique Terminal J.

Bermello Ajamil & Partners was selected to design the facility, which will be built to LEED Silver standards, focusing on innovation in design and operation to create a platform that will optimize energy performance, indoor air quality and water efficiencies, and maximize the use of local materials and resources.

'The new Norwegian terminal will set the standard for passenger comfort and experience and will become an iconic building on Miami’s waterfront, a true representation of the role that Norwegian and PortMiami played as the pioneers of modern cruising,' B&A president and CEO Luis Ajamil said.

Norwegian is widely recognized for introducing modern Caribbean cruising with the Sunward from Miami more than 50 years ago, and is the longest line in continued operation at the port.

The terminal's innovative lighting, inviting indoor and outdoor waiting areas and other guest-centric elements will enhance the overall passenger experience. At nearly 166,500 square feet, the terminal will accommodate ships of up to 5,000 passengers, and feature new technology to support faster and more efficient embarkation and disembarkation processes, as well as expedited security screening and luggage check-in.

A dedicated lounge and service area will provide a warm and welcoming sense of arrival for large groups and charters, and a new parking garage and valet parking area with direct access to the terminal and lounge are also scheduled to be completed.

The designs are on display at Bermello Ajamil's booth, 2107, at Seatrade Cruise Global.

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