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Article By: Billy Jean Louis

 

MSC Cruises and Miami-Dade County have signed a pact toconstruct a new cruise terminal at PortMiami.

The agreement calls for completing Cruise Terminal AAA by October 2022, and extends MSC Cruises’ existing Saturday preferential berthing rights to Sundays.

The Swiss company, whose U.S. headquarters are in Fort Lauderdale, recently debuted MSC Seaside. It sails year-round from Miami to the Caribbean from Terminal F. MSC Divina also sails to the Caribbean from October through March.

MSC Armonia is set to join MSC Cruises’ North America-based fleet with year-round cruises to Havana in December 2018. MSC Meraviglia, which carries 5,714 guests,will join the other three ships at PortMiami in fall 2019.

PortMiami contributes more than $41.4 billion a year to Miami-Dade County, while generating 324,352 jobs in South Florida. Other projects at PortMiami include Royal Caribbean Ltd.’s $247 million crown-shaped Terminal A, which is slated to open in October, and Norwegian Cruise Lines Holdings Ltd.’s $100 million-plus Terminal B, scheduled for completion in 2019.

“Investing in PortMiami’s infrastructure positions Miami-Dade County as a global destination for visitors,” Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez said. “The construction of a new cruise terminal AAA, with the capacity to berth an additional 7,000-passenger cruise ship, represents thousands of jobs and increased opportunities for our community. We are grateful for MSC Cruises’ continued partnership.”

MSC’s 15-ship fleet employs 23,500 people worldwide. It will expand to 25 mega-cruise ships by 2026 under its $13.5 billion investment plan.