$150 Million Port Canaveral Cruise Terminal Plans
Big changes in store for
Port Canaveral Cruise Terminal 3
Watch out, world. Great things are happening recently at Port Canaveral. This week, Port Canaveral officially announced that they would be undergoing a huge project, the biggest that they’ve seen. Port Canaveral Cruise Terminal 3 is being replaced by 2020, and a new, more modern terminal will take its place. The terminal, one of the oldest still at the port, is on the east side of the port between Jetty Park and State Road 528. Maybe you’re a visitor whose passed it while embarking on a Disney, Carnival, Royal Caribbean, or Norwegian cruise line ship. Or perhaps you’re a local who has encountered it when visiting the Victory Casino cruises or Jetty Park. Either way, it’s time to say goodbye to this well-known spot.
Since the Port Authority’s approval of the 30-Year Strategic Vision Plan in January, everyone has been excited to see the first steps of the plan taking place. This April, Port Canaveral has begun making waves by starting the demolition of Port Canaveral Cruise Terminal 3 (CT-3). In January, Port CEO Capt. Murray warned that not every part of the 30-year plan would be implemented—but lucky for us, the plans for Port Canaveral Cruise Terminal 3 are going full-steam ahead! By the way, if you haven’t read about the grand plans in store for Port Canaveral, don’t worry. You can see the 30-year plan proposal at the Port Canaveral website!
What’s happening to CT-3?
The building of the $150 million cruise terminal is Port Canaveral’s largest construction project to date. Over the next few years, Port Canaveral Cruise Terminal 3 will be demolished, and a new cruise terminal will be built in its place. While the demolition (which began in April 2018) is slated to conclude this July, the main building will not finish until late 2019 or early 2020.
The main building plans consist of several phases designed for completion by five different contracts. Following demolition, the timetable for the rest of the building is 20 months. The construction involves more than just a building as well. There will be dredging, water construction, and bridge work done, too. With so much involved, it’s no surprise that this is Port Canaveral’s biggest single project. The announcement puts the cost to the Port Authority and partners at an estimated $150 million in investments.
What fun things can we expect for this new terminal?
While CT-3’s previous use was for single-day port-of-call vessels, the only hint we have about whatever ships will be sailing from it is that the plans include an upgraded berth—worthy of the world’s huge cruise ships. What cruise ships will the terminal feature? Will it be something we’ve seen before, like the Disney cruise line ships? The Norwegian cruise line? Or will there be a push for something new that only this terminal can showcase?
The demolition is the first step in a two-year plan to build a better terminal and support larger vessels, with a focus on modernization and functionality. The new state-of-the-art facilities will include a terminal that can accommodate up to 6,500 guests and a new cruise parking garage. The two-story building will have over 185,000 square feet of space for the passengers to go through customs, check in, drop off luggage, and complete the boarding process for any cruise ships sailing out of the new Port Canaveral cruise terminal.
In addition, the new features will include hi-tech systems. One of the cool pieces of technology is a fully modern system for the US Customs and Border Protections. This will help the department scan arriving passengers. The hope is probably that the new system will be faster while still being thorough. The plans also detail the implementation of an exciting mobile check-in system. This will help passengers check in faster, thus expediting the boarding process. I think everyone who has sailed out on a cruise ship is cheering for that!
New Terminal, New Parking, New Opportunities
Everyone is excited for what this entails. Whether you’re a visiting cruise fanatic, a local, or part of the Port Authority, the new cruise terminal is big. This is just a stepping stone in the plans to make our beloved port bigger and better than ever. Improvements at the port mean more jobs, bigger ships, and a lot more folks passing through the lovely towns of Brevard. By 2020, the Port expects a major increase in job opportunities for locals. The estimates are as high as 4,000 permanent jobs, not to mention the jobs that the contracts themselves will provide.
“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 Port CEO, Capt. John Murray. “The cruise industry is projected to grow significantly over the next several years and with this new terminal, our Port is well positioned to keep pace with that growth.”
Can’t wait for the new CT-3?
Come visit the other sights!
Brevard has so much to offer visitors, from the cruise lines to NASA and SpaceX to beautiful sights like the beach and Indian River Lagoon. (Not to mention the perks of being near Central Florida – which is essentially theme park central!) Port Canaveral is just starting to make waves with their projects. We’re all excited to see where the cruise industry goes. Even more, we’re proud to have Port Canaveral at the forefront of the nation’s ports. As the world’s second busiest cruise port, it’s no wonder we’re expanding. What will we see next after the completion of Terminal 3? Only time will tell, but we’re sure to see announcements sometime in the next year, if not sooner. We’ll be waiting, Port Canaveral! In the meantime, we’ll keep enjoying the updates on the progress of Port Canaveral Cruise Terminal 3.
Update: August 2018
Following the announcement of Port Canaveral’s revitalization of Cruise Terminal 3, the Canaveral Port Authority and Carnival Cruise Line have let out some big news. Carnival’s newest ship is also it’s largest at 180,000 tons, and Port Canaveral’s new state-of-the-art terminal is allowing it to homeport at Port Canaveral alongside several other Carnival ships. The unnamed ship is slated to debut in 2020, but the project to build this giant of the seas will begin in November.
The Port Authority and the people of Cape Canaveral view this decision as one of many that show that Carnival is one of the Port’s biggest long-time cruise lines, with over 25 years as business partners with Port Canaveral. Carnival Cruise Line president, Christine Duffy, said in a press release that she expected that the new terminal coupled with Carnival’s largest ship will “provide guests with an unparalleled seagoing vacation experience from the minute they arrive.” If this news weren’t exciting enough for Port Canaveral, the Carnival Breeze will also be repositioning to Port Canaveral in October to join the other three year-round Carnival ships based in Port Canaveral.
Looking forward to this addition? You can hear more about the agreement between the Port Authority and Carnival Cruise Line on Wednesday, August 29th during the Canaveral Port Authority Board of Commissioners’ meeting.