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NCL breaks ground on new terminal

The Norwegian Cruise Line’s terminal at PortMiami is expected to be ready by the end of next year.

Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings has celebrated the ground breaking of the construction of its new and dedicated terminal at PortMiami.

The project was approved by Miami-Dade County on April 10 and construction starts today, on May 1.

Frank Del Rio, president and chief executive of the holding company that operates Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises, was at the ceremony, which took place at PortMiami’s Terminal B.

Others included Andy Stuart, president and CEO of Norwegian Cruise Line, Miami-Dade County’s mayor Carlos Gimenez and commissioner, Rebeca Sosa, among other executives.

The state-of-the-art terminal is due for completion by late 2019, in time for Norwegian Encore, the newest ship of the Breakaway Plus class, debuting in Miami with seasonal cruises to the Caribbean.

“This iconic terminal represents our continued partnership with Miami-Dade County, our commitment to excellence and Miami as a world capital,” Del Rio exclaimed.

“As a global cruise company, we’re transforming and elevating guest experiences through design and innovation on our ships, and this new terminal at PortMiami is the next step in that journey.”

Faster boarding
At 155,000 square metres, the terminal will accommodate ships of up to 5,000 passengers and feature new technology that supports speedier embarkation and disembarkation and accelerated security screening and luggage check-in.

NCL says that “a dedicated lounge and service area” will offer “a warm and welcoming arrival for guests”, while parking and valet parking areas will have direct access to the terminal.

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