Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) has revealed the design of its new dedicated terminal at PortMiami, Florida, US, which will feature an additional capacity to berth 5,000-passenger cruise ship.

Construction of the 166,500ft² terminal is scheduled to begin in May and is expected to be completed next year.

The Miami-Dade County Board of County Commissioners, which is yet to approve the terminal, is set to invest $100m to support the development of the terminal.

US-based firm Bermello Ajamil and Partners has been selected to design the terminal, which will be built in line with the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver standards.

Design of the terminal is inspired by a nautilus and includes a spiralled and multi-level façade to open up to the ocean views.

Upon completion, the terminal will be equipped with innovative lighting, in addition to indoor and outdoor waiting areas and other guest-centric elements.

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“This terminal marks the latest step in our continual efforts to strengthen our presence in strategic homeports around the world.”

It will also feature new technology to support faster embarkation and disembarkation processes, as well as speed up security screening and luggage check-in.

A dedicated lounge and service area, a new parking garage, and valet parking area with direct access to the terminal and lounge are also expected to be developed.

Norwegian Cruise Line president and CEO Frank Del Rio said: “Norwegian has been sailing from Miami for over fifty years, longer than any other cruise line, and we are honoured to be partnering with PortMiami and Miami-Dade County to construct an iconic terminal that will contribute to Miami’s world-famous skyline and strengthen its position as the Cruise Capital of the World.

“This terminal marks the latest step in our continual efforts to strengthen our presence in strategic homeports around the world.”

NCL currently operates the Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises, and Regent Seven Seas Cruises brands of ships.