Carnival Cruise Line has announced that PortMiami will expand Terminal F, which will function as the homeport of Carnival Celebration, the line’s upcoming Excel-class ship.

Carnival Celebration is currently being built in Finland. It will commence services in 2022.

Carnival Cruise Line and PortMiami held a groundbreaking ceremony for the expansion of the 471,000ft² facility, which will be Carnival’s third terminal at the port and its biggest in South Florida, US.

Miami-Dade Mayor Daniella Levine Cava said: “I’m grateful to Carnival Cruise Line and Lemartec for their partnership with Miami-Dade County. Despite the global pandemic, today’s groundbreaking is another example of the growth happening at PortMiami, the cruise capital of the world, and how together, we can and we will continue to thrive.”

Carnival president Christine Duffy said: “We are proud of Carnival’s role in making Miami the cruise capital of the world, and today marks the continuation of an incredible 50-year partnership with PortMiami and Miami-Dade County. This expanded terminal built specifically for Carnival Celebration will make an incredible addition to the existing facilities at our largest embarkation port. My most sincere thanks to Mayor Levine Cava and all of the Miami-Dade officials who made this day possible.”

The terminal will be designed in a way that will enable efficiency and flexibility to lodge Carnival’s newest class of ships.

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The embarkation process at the terminal will use technology to facilitate a smooth boarding experience.

Designed by Miami-based Berenblum Busch Architects, the terminal project will involve the demolition of standing Terminal F structures, renovation, and new construction.

Lemartec Corporation, a MasTec firm, will act as the general contractor.

Lemartec Corporation president Manny García-Tuñón said: “Both Lemartec and MasTec, like Carnival Cruise Line, are the classic American dream story, born in Miami. We are proud to have been chosen by PortMiami and Miami-Dade County to build this iconic terminal.”

Carnival Celebration will be equipped with an on-board roller coaster and a liquefied natural gas (LNG) propulsion system.

The new ship will also have 180 suites across 11 different accommodation categories.