Virgin Voyages has unveiled its plan to build a 100,000ft² cruise ship terminal on the northwest side of PortMiami, US.
The terminal will accommodate Virgin Voyages’ first ship, Scarlet Lady, which is expected to run to the Caribbean from Miami in 2021.
Virgin Voyages’ second ship is set to operate from Miami towards the end of 2021 and the start of 2022.
The proposed Virgin Voyages PortMiami Terminal is yet to receive construction approval from the Board of County Commission. The berthing agreement for the terminal is also yet to be finalised.
Once approved, construction of the terminal is scheduled to begin next year and is expected to be completed by November 2021.
An investment of $150m is anticipated to be made for the development of the terminal.
Virgin Group Founder Richard Branson said: “From our headquarters for Virgin Hotels, Virgin Voyages and now Virgin Trains USA, South Florida has quickly become another home for Virgin brands in the leisure travel sector.”
Miami-based architecture firm Arquitectonica has designed the new terminal that features a palm grove-inspired design concept.
The design is inspired by Miami Beach’s iconic palm trees and the island’s historical origins of coconut harvesting.
The rooftop of the terminal will be similar to a palm tree grove. The terminal will feature rooftop pockets for natural light to flow into the building in the day, while uplighting lights will light up the company’s logo at night.
The two-story storm-proof glass facility will have exclusive areas for drop-offs of VIP’s, ride-sharing and provisioning.
It aims to receive LEED Gold Certification from the US Green Building council to meet with Virgin Voyages’ sustainability efforts.