MSC Cruises and PortMiami celebrated the start of construction of a cruise terminal expansion on Nov. 30
Munilla Construction Management (MCM) is co-ordinating the $37.5 million Cruise Terminal F project.
“This is a very exciting time for MSC Cruises as we continue our expansion in the North American market. From working together with Miami-Dade County to provide a truly world-class experience for cruisers at Terminal F to committing our second and most innovative ship yet to the U.S. market, we are thrilled for the road ahead,” said Roberto Fusaro, president of MSC Cruises USA. “Today, as we break ground on MSC Seaside’s and MSC Divina’s new home, we are extremely proud to celebrate our ongoing commitment to better serving our guests.”
The terminal enhancements include:
- Significantly expanded waiting area with seating for up to 1,500 guests;
- Expanded and improved VIP private waiting area;
- Separate dedicated waiting areas and lines to accommodate MSC Black Card members and guests booked in the Aurea Experience who receive priority embarkation;
- Smoother disembarkation process with a more flexible and efficient baggage claim area; and
- Facility advancements to accommodate the “smart ship technolog” that will be available on MSC Seaside as it relates to the embarkation and disembarkation process.
The project is scheduled with three phases to be completed by Dec. 1, 2017.
Phase 1 includes a more efficient reconfiguration of the three-story passenger terminal with a secured embark bag drop/X-ray and baggage holding area. The second level of Terminal F will become a large waiting area with direct access to the third floor. The building’s fire protection/alarm systems will also be brought up to code and its restrooms will be renovated.
Phase 2 includes the construction of a new three-story addition immediately east of the Terminal that’s intended to house offices, waiting rooms and more restrooms.
Phase 3 includes the construction of a third-floor concourse corridor connecting the existing terminal building to the new addition from Phase 2.