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Port Everglades' newly renovated Cruise Terminal 4 is ready for first call

Port Everglades
Cruise Terminal 4 - expanded and updated to handle the largest cruise ships
Celebrity Constellation on Dec. 13 will be the first ship alongside at Port Everglades' newly renovated and expanded Cruise Terminal 4. Port officials plan a grand reopening celebration and ribbon-cutting for the facility on Jan. 8.

The $24m project added another terminal at Port Everglades that can handle the largest cruise ships for simultaneous embarkation/debarkation. Next year, in a second phase, the terminal's slip will be lengthened from 950 feet to 1,150 feet, an $18m project.

A former warehouse, Cruise Terminal 4 was gutted and renovated with improved lighting and acoustics, 50 check-in counters, a large luggage lay-down area and flexible Customs and Border Protection facilities. It will use two new FMT passenger boarding bridges. And with a high-efficiency air conditioning system and other advances, the building is expected to achieve Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification.

To alleviate traffic congestion, Terminal 4 gained its own entrance and a ground transportation area separate from the neighboring Terminal 2, used by Princess Cruises. Some 172 surface parking spaces were added on the south side, where the taxi and private vehicle drop-off areas are shielded by awnings.

The facility was designed by Bermello Ajamil & Partners and Moss served as the construction contractor. Broward County's Public Works Department, Seaport Engineering & Construction Division, oversaw the renovations.