Carnival in talks to build new Miami terminal

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FORT LAUDERDALE — PortMiami is in talks with Carnival Cruise Line to build a new terminal that would serve a ship with capacity of up to 6,000 passengers, a port official said.

The terminal would be the eighth and probably last terminal at the busiest cruise port in the world.

PortMiami has six terminals now, and Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. has just broken ground on a seventh that is scheduled to be finished by November 2018.

The new terminal for Carnival would be built directly east of the RCCL terminal, on ground now used for cargo operations.

“We’re in discussions with Carnival Cruise Line at present to build what may be the last terminal at the port for a ship that could carry up to 6,000 passengers, said Kevin Lynskey, deputy director of PortMiami.

Lynskey spoke as part of a panel discussion at the Seatrade Cruise Global convention.

The $200 million RCCL terminal is being built and financed by RCCL under an arrangement that is essentially a land lease for the port, Lynskey said. The Carnival terminal may be financed the same way, he said.

PortMiami projects that it will exceed 6 million passenger movements by 2018-19 fiscal year, the first full year of operation for the 170,000-square-foot RCCL terminal, to be called the Crown of Miami.

Both RCCL and Carnival Corp., the parent of Carnival Cruise Line, have their global headquarters in Miami.

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