"We are truly excited to be working with Miami-Dade County and PortMiami to create not just another cruise terminal, but a truly iconic building," said Richard D. Fain, chairman and CEO for Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. "This new terminal is a symbol of our commitment to Miami, the city where our company first started almost 50 years ago. We can't wait to bring an Oasis-class ship to PortMiami."
After a global competition was held between five of the world's leading architectural firms, Broadway Malyan has been selected as the firm to design the new terminal. The firm was selected because of their creative thinking and cutting-edge design. The 170,000-square-foot terminal is nicknamed the 'Crown of Miami' because of its distinct shape. The design evokes the points of the symbolic headgear and the crown of Royal Caribbean's iconic "Crown & Anchor" logo when viewed from the water; the 'M' of Miami when viewed from the east or western approaches; and a sense of waves rising or ships passing when viewed from the terminal side. At night, the terminal's facade will be lit ensuring that the building makes a striking impression and providing a dynamic addition to the PortMiami landscape.
Currently, PortMiami welcomes approximately 750,000 Royal Caribbean passengers annually, representing about 15 percent of its overall passenger traffic. Once the new cruise terminal is completed, it is anticipated that Royal Caribbean will generate at least 1.8 million passengers at PortMiami—representing no less than 30 percent of the port's projected passenger traffic.
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