MSC Cruises is the world's largest privately-owned cruise company and is a familiar for local cruise goers as they've been sailing from South African ports for the past few decades, most notably Durban. With Durban being their most popular market, they've decided to invest heavily in the cities ports with the proposed new cruise terminal that's said to begin construction in early 2020. MSC also last month announced plans for another cruise terminal at a major port in the USA.
Details of the port were were released as the terms of the agreement were approved from the Miami-Dada Board of the Country Commissioners. The highly innovative multi-cruise ship terminal will be designed, constructed and operated by MSC. The large building will host two cruise terminals (AA and AAA) as well as two berths. The building was designed by award-winning global architecture firm Arquitectonica, the PortMiami terminals will be capable of hosting two mega cruise ships at the same time, allowing the company to conduct two turnaround operations simultaneously, handling up to 28,000 passenger movements per day.
Pierfranscesco Vago, MSC Cruises Executive Chairman had this to say: "With another 13 cruise vessels due to join our fleet in the next eight years, our ambition is to have our most innovative ship classes represented at PortMiami, bringing a wealth of choice to our North American as well as international guests."
MSC Cruises currently operates four vessels out of PortMiami, MSC Seaside and MSC Armonia year-round. MSC Divina seasonally and MSC Meravgilia which will join the ships sailing from Miami this fall, seasonally. With the new cruise facilities, MSC Cruises will bring a total of 1 million guests through PortMiami each year. Work on the new terminal will commence in early 2020 and estimated completion by late 2022.