Port Everglades has secured approval for renovations to four of its cruise terminals in an agreement with Carnival Corporation.
Following the developments – which will be completed at a cost of some $35 million – the property will provide a home to seven Carnival-brand cruise lines, with a fleet of 30 different cruise ships.
An expected 25.5 million Carnival guests will pass through the terminal in the next 15 years, potentially producing half-a-billion dollars in Port revenue.
“Flexibility will be the main feature of the redesigned terminals,” said Port Everglades director Phil Allen.
“Today’s cruise terminals have to be able to handle more people and bigger ships.
“In addition, we want to move these people as quickly and efficiently as possible so they can begin enjoying their vacation that much sooner.”
Construction is expected to begin in late 2012 and the first terminal is set to be completed in spring 2013.
All terminals will have two passenger loading bridges, separate and larger baggage halls, improved ground transportation areas and the latest energy-efficient technology.
Port Everglades is currently in the design phase of the project with architectural firm Bermello Ajamil & Partners.
Broward County’s Public Works Department’s Seaport Engineering and Construction Division will oversee the terminal renovation projects.