The 170,000-square-foot terminal sits on a 10-acre site and will be home to the first Oasis-class ships ever to dock in Miami including world's largest cruise ship, the new Symphony of the Seas, due to be named there, and Allure of the Seas.
An important milestone
'Terminal A is an important milestone in the growth of the cruise industry in South Florida and underscores our commitment to Miami, where our company was founded almost 50 years ago,' RCL chairman and CEO Richard Fain said.
Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez said the facility will enable the port to go from serving 750,000 Royal Caribbean passengers annually, or roughly 15% of the port’s overall passenger traffic, to 2m a year.
Crown of Miami
Called 'Crown of Miami' for its two peaks resembling passing ships, the terminal is touted as the most innovative cruise facility in the US.
'Royal Caribbean has a long history of being an innovator, and the design features are iconic. We wanted to provide a unique guest experience, an enhanced experience,' project director Miguel Reyna, AVP commercial development & construction for Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd., told Seatrade Cruise Review magazine earlier this year.
Miami-based Bermello Ajamil & Partners served as executive architects and civil engineers for the project, led by partner Saul Suarez.