New Cruise Terminal Underway at Port Canaveral


By The Maritime Executive 04-26-2018 07:37:10

Port Canaveral in the U.S. has commenced the largest single construction project in its history: demolition of the Port’s oldest cruise terminal and construction of new terminal with upgraded berth and a new parking garage. 

The entire construction project is a multi-phased program, spanning 20-months and five separate contracts. Demolition of the existing terminal building began in mid-April for a total cost of $210,000. Subsequent phases of the project include berth demolition, dredging and waterside construction; constructing passenger boarding bridges; terminal construction with related site work and the adjacent parking facility. The planned elevated parking structure will have capacity to accommodate approximately 1,800 vehicles in secure, covered parking.

Canaveral Port Authority and its cruise partner will invest approximately $150 million in building and equipping a new two-story 188,000 square foot terminal and parking building. Once completed, the new terminal, berth and adjacent parking facilities will accommodate up to 6,500 cruise guests. The terminal’s design and planned technology features include modernized systems to facilitate U.S. Customs and Border Protection screenings of arriving passengers and integrated mobile passenger check-in to expedite the boarding process.

Port Canaveral’s new Terminal 3 is targeted for completion in late 2019 or early 2020. “This is a moment we have been waiting for. The new hi-tech, fully modernized cruise terminal will enhance our ability to welcome some of the largest and most advanced cruise ships in the world,” said Captain John Murray, Port CEO. 

Port Canaveral hosts nearly five million cruise passengers and six million tons of cargo annually, including bulk, break-bulk, project and containerized.