The first phase of the $55m port expansion includes a new terminal with 125,000 square feet of check-in, customs/immigration and luggage processing space, as well as a 950-car parking structure and pier improvements. The new facility is adjacent to the first cruise terminal, opened in 2004.
Adam Goldstein, president and coo of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd., thanked the port authority and the city of Bayonne for a 'successful collaboration to develop Cape Liberty for cruise tourism.' He said the terminal will 'perfectly complement our Quantum-class ships, which will be the most technologically advanced ships in the world, and help generate jobs and grow the cruise industry regionally.'
Joining Goldstein were Bayonne Mayor James Davis, Port Authority of New York & New Jersey’s director of port commerce Richard Larrabe and Royal Caribbean vp port operations Juan Trescastro.
Together they dedicated the terminal to 'Art on the Working Waterfront,' unveiling 10 photographs that capture the energy and character of historic New York Harbor through the eyes of photographer and International Longshoreman Association member John Bacaring.
'The development of the new cruise terminal is another example of how public-private partnerships are supposed to work,' Larrabee said. 'We look forward to continuing passenger growth with the arrival of the Quantum-class vessels to the harbor in 2014 and 2015. It’s been a pleasure working with Royal Caribbean on this important project.'
The cruise operator retained Bermello Ajamil & Partners to conduct design development, construction documentation and administration work for the facility.
The ground transportation area includes two lanes of car curbside drop-off and pick-up, 17 bus slots and valet and VIP surface parking. Covered walkways with a tensile fabric 'sail-inspired' canopy system protect passengers from the weather.
The terminal incorporates sustainable design features that are compliant with current Port Authority of New York and New Jersey standards. The thematic interior design recalls features of the Statue of Liberty including copper-clad check-in booths and stone patterned solid-surface countertops and feature walls. An acid-stained floor pattern evokes the Hudson River’s industrious shorelines.