Geneva, Switzerland, 10 March 2022 – The Cruise Division of MSC Group today broke ground for its new $350 million mega cruise terminal in Miami which when it opens will be North America’s largest.
The four-storey building with four embarkation decks will be able to accommodate up to 36,000 passenger movements a day, and feature enough berthing space to serve three latest generation ships simultaneously.
The project will allow MSC Cruises to further its presence in the North American market and attract more international travellers for holidays at sea in the Caribbean.
The Cruise Division of MSC Group and Italian ship builder Fincantieri announced a partnership in July 2021 whereby Fincantieri Infrastructure would construct the state-of-the-art facility which will feature a striking design by award-winning global architecture firm Arquitectonica.
The new terminal will be able to accommodate MSC Cruises’ largest and most environmentally advanced cruise ships, including its current flagship, MSC Seashore, and the line’s future liquified natural gas-powered World Class ships. Most ships at berth at the new Miami terminal will be able to plug in to the local power grid, in line with PortMiami’s plans to enable shore power connectivity.
Antonio Paradiso, Managing Director – UK and Ireland, MSC Cruises, said, “The new terminal in Miami represents our commitment to enhance our attractive Caribbean Sea sailings for guests from the UK and Ireland who will enjoy the experience before they have even stepped on board one of our ships.
“It’s also part of our larger ambition to deploy some of our most modern and environmentally advanced ships in Miami, all of whose itineraries will call our stunning Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve private island.”
The new terminal is currently projected to be completed by the end of 2023.
Sailing out of Miami and Orlando (Port Canaveral), two of MSC Cruises’ glamorous ships will call at Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve, the Company’s private island destination in The Bahamas. On the island, guests can spread out and relax with more than two miles of pristine, white sand beaches as well as enjoy a variety of ocean discovery activities like paddle boarding — day or night — kayaking and more.
MSC Cruises’ latest ship MSC Seascape will spend her inaugural season in Miami along with MSC Divina whilst MSC Meraviglia will sail from Port Canaveral.