Royal Caribbean opens PortMi­ami ter­mi­nal

South Florida Sun-Sentinel (Sunday) - - Travel - By Johnny Diaz

Royal Caribbean has found a new home for its largest cruise ships.

The Do­ral-based cruise line un­veiled its new Ter­mi­nal A at PortMi­ami on Nov. 2.

The sleek ter­mi­nal, which re­sem­bles a ship, will be the base for the com­pany’s Sym­phony of the Seas, cur­rently the world’s largest cruise ship, as well as sis­ter ship Al­lure of the Seas. Sym­phony of the Seas, which mea­sures 1,188 feet long, has a ca­pac­ity of 6,680 pas­sen­gers.

“Ter­mi­nal A is an im­por­tant mile­stone in the growth of the cruise in­dus­try The in­te­rior of Royal Caribbean’s Ter­mi­nal A at PortMi­ami in South Florida and un­der­scores our com­mit­ment to Mi­ami, where our com­pany was founded al­most 50 years ago,” said Richard D. Fain, chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer and chair­man of Royal Caribbean Cruises, who at­tended the of­fi­cial un­veil­ing of the ter­mi­nal Fri­day.

Mi­ami-Dade County mayor Car­los A. Giménez said, “With the open­ing of Ter­mi­nal A, we are ex­cited to welcome even more vis­i­tors to Mi­ami.”

The port han­dles about 750,000 pas­sen­gers a year from Royal Caribbean or about 15 per­cent of the to­tal port traf­fic.

With the new ter­mi­nal, the cruise line of­fi­cials ex­pect to boost that num­ber to 2 mil­lion pas­sen­gers a year.

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