Coined the “Crown of Miami,” Terminal A at PortMiami has officially opened its doors as the largest cruise facility in the United States. Bermello Ajamil & Partners served as Executive Architect and Civil Engineer for this $250 million project that solidifies PortMiami as the cruise capital of the world.
Royal Caribbean Cruises celebrated the grand opening of the Terminal A on November 2, 2018 with an event that included Royal Caribbean’s leadership, as well as City of Miami and PortMiami officials. The 170,000-SF state-of-the-art terminal sits on a 10-acre site and will be home to the first Oasis-class ships ever to dock in Miami.
“Terminal A is an important milestone in the growth of the cruise industry in South Florida and underscores our commitment to Miami, where our company was founded almost 50 years ago,” said Richard Fain, RCL Chairman and CEO.
The goal of the project was to give passengers an optimal arrival experience, offer a backdrop of a captivating destination, and provide an ease of movement from curbside to ship. When seen from the ocean, the alluring design of Terminal A resembles the shape of a crown, and from the side it resembles an “M,” representing Miami.
“Royal Caribbean has a long history of being an innovator, and the design features are iconic. We wanted to provide a unique guest experience, an enhanced experience,” said Miguel Reyna, Project Director for Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.
The building design utilizes an open floor plan and features energy-efficient glazing, which enhances arrivals with generous views of the passing cruise ships and the ocean. Furthermore, rainwater collection systems are used for cooling and irrigation, and aluminum fins provide ventilation in the parking structure, which highlight the sustainability of PortMiami.
PortMiami contributes more than $41.4 billion a year, while generating 324,352 jobs in South Florida. The port is recognized as the cruise capital of the world, hosting more than 5 million cruise passengers.