Royal Caribbean International has started construction of the new Terminal A facility at PortMiami, US to facilitate handling of its new Symphony of the Seas cruise ship, in partnership with Miami-Dade County.
Symphony of the Seas is scheduled for delivery next year and is set to be the largest cruise ship in the world.
It is planned to join its Oasis-class sister ship Allure of the Seas for cruising in the European and Caribbean region.
The 170,000ft² terminal designed to be capable of handling Symphony of the Seas and other 1,300ft long ships is expected to be completed by October next year.
The terminal is expected to generate $500m in revenue and add 4,000 jobs to the Miami-Dade County.
Royal Caribbean Cruises chairman and CEO Richard Fain said: “This is an exciting collaboration with Miami-Dade County and PortMiami to create not just another cruise terminal, but an iconic state-of-the-art facility.
“Terminal A reinforces our unwavering commitment to our hometown, the city where our company first started nearly 50 years ago.”
The company also noted that the Symphony of the Seas will be equipped with 28 more staterooms than its newest sister ship Harmony of the Seas, and will feature a capacity of 230,000t.
The vessel will feature an imaginative and sophisticated dining concept, Bionic Bar robot bartenders powered by MakrShakr, a waterfront AquaTheater and other innovative elements.
Image: Rendering of Royal Caribbean’s under construction terminal at PortMiami, US. Photo: courtesy of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.