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.