As featured in a Cover Story for the South Florida Business Journal, Bermello Ajamil & Partners (B&A) is designing the future of PortMiami with new multimillion-dollar cruise terminals that will anchor the Port’s reputation as the Cruise Capital of the World.

B&A, the worldwide leader in cruise and waterfront design, is currently constructing state-of-the-art terminals at PortMiami for Royal Caribbean Cruise Line (RCCL) and Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) that will usher into the region billions of dollars in economic revenue. With cruise passengers expected to reach the 7 million mark after the two new terminals are open in 2020, Terminal A and Terminal B will retain PortMiami as the most visited seaport for cruisers worldwide.

“Communities are seeing cruise ships as not part of an industrial port, but as part of the urban area,” said Luis Ajamil, CEO of B&A. “We have spent a lot of time fitting terminals for the long-term future.”

Both Terminal A for RCL and Terminal B for NCL will accommodate ships of up to 5,000 passengers, and feature new technology to support faster and more efficient embarkation and disembarkation processes, as well as expedited security screening and luggage check-in. The new PortMiami terminals are both being constructed to achieve LEED Silver, focusing on innovation in design and terminal operation to create a platform that will optimize energy performance, indoor air quality and water efficiencies, as well as maximize the use of local materials and resources.

The $165 million all-glass Terminal B offers stunning ocean views that embody the freedom and flexibility of the Norwegian Cruise Line experience and is on fast-track to be completed in 2019. The iconic 166,500-SF facility designed by B&A will feature three giant arcing see-through domes, affectionately referred to as a “pearl” on the Miami horizon, redefining the landscape of the city’s skyline.

“This terminal marks the latest step in our continual efforts to strengthen our presence in strategic home ports around the world,” said Frank Del Rio, President and CEO of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd.

Terminal B will be built with steel columns and shaped with flat aluminum panels, which will give it the appearance of a very smooth finish, like a pearl’s surface. Innovative lighting, inviting indoor/outdoor waiting areas, and other guest-centric elements will enhance the overall passenger experience.

Both Terminal A and Terminal B at PortMiami are funded by Miami-Dade County, with large investments from the respective cruise companies. Adjacent to Terminal B and set to open by November 2018, RCL’s 170,000-SF Terminal A will house an angular, glass center and a connected parking garage with about 1,000 parking spaces at the northeastern side of the Port.

With an alluring design and panoramic views, the $247 million Terminal A is nicknamed the ‘Crown of Miami’ because of its distinct design shape that resembles the shape of a crown when seen from the ocean, and from the side view resembles an “M” to represent Miami. At night, Terminal A’s façade will be lit ensuring that the building makes a striking impression to provide a dynamic addition to the PortMiami landscape.

“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 of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.

B&A is proud to be working with PortMiami and top cruise executives to create such a lasting impact on the future of the port industry!