Latest Cruise Line News

Carnival Horizon

Carnival Cruiseline's newest ship, the Carnival Horizon, will arrive in Miami to kick off a year-round schedule of six- and 8-day Caribbean cruises beginning September, 2018. Prior to the beginning of the schedule, Carnival Horizon will offer a special two-day cruise to Nassau from September 20-22, 2018.

Carnival Vista

PortMiami is the year-round home port for Carnival Cruise Line's largest and most innovative ship to date, the 133,500-ton Carnival Vista, sailing on six to eight-day Caribbean Cruises. Its inaugural Mediterranean itineraries in December 2016 marked Carnival's return to Europe.

Carnival Vista takes cruising to new heights, introducing groundbreaking features such as SkyRide, a suspended open-air cycling experience; the world's first IMAX Theater on a ship; an expanded water park featuring the colorful Kaleid-O-Slide, the line's first raft-riding water tube slide; and RedFrog pub, including the line's first on-board brewery. 

The ship also offers new scenic and family-friendly accommodation types from balcony staterooms to spa cabins to deluxe ocean-view accommodations featuring two bathrooms and five berths - perfect for families.

Carnival Fathom Cruises

Fathom is the newest brand in the Carnival Corporation. Separate "impact travel" voyages began sailing from Miami to Cuba and The Dominican Republic in Spring 2016. The purpose of impact travel, also known as "voluntourism", is tourism in which travelers do voluntary work to help communities or the environment in the places they are visiting.

Celebrity Equinox

Celebrity Cruises will sail the Equinox full time in the Caribbean starting in the spring of 2017. She will make 24 alternating eastern and western Caribbean sailings from PortMiami, along with seven one-off itineraries.

Passengers will enjoy chic and spacious accommodations, ten dining venues, the Canyon Ranch SpaClub, a new Michael Kors Boutique, and other amenities - some that are not available on any other ship in the Celebrity fleet, like a one-of-a-kind hip internet lounge, the first Authorized Apple Specialist at sea.

MSC Meraviglia

This 5,700-passenger ship will arrive at PortMiami in the Fall of 2019. The MSC Meraviglia is currently under construction, and will be the largest ship ever built by a European-based cruise line. She'll be arriving in Miami Fall of 2019.

MSC Seaside

The MSC Seaside will be sailing year-round from PortMiami beginning December 2017, with exciting itineraries from Miami to the Caribbean. It will be the first of MSC Cruises' next generation "Seaside" class of ships.

This 154,000-ton vessel will accommodate up to 5,170 passengers, and its prototype presents unique features such as an aqua park at sea with five water slides; high-speed Aqua Tubes; AquaPlay and AquaSpray areas; an adventure trail; and attractions for all ages.

PortMiami plans to welcome the new MSC Seaside with a dedicated berth and newly renovated cruise ship terminal.

Norwegian Bliss

The Norwegian Bliss, the brand's newest and most innovative ship will set sail for Miami in winter 2018, after her inaugural summer season in Alaska. Beginning November 2018, Norwegian Bliss will sail 7-day Eastern Caribbean cruises each Saturday from PortMiami, featuring stops in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands; Tortola, British Virgin Islands; and Nassau, Bahamas. 

Accommodating 4,000 guests, the ship's custom design will offer a wide variety of accommodations ranging from staterooms designed for solo travelers, family-friendly connecting staterooms, ultra chic suites and more. The crown jewel of its features will be an incredible 180 degree Observation Lounge located at the front of the ship, spanning 20,000 square feet. Floor-to-ceiling windows will be the perfect spot from which to take in the stunning sunset views of the Caribbean islands.

Norwegian's signature ship-within-a-ship concept, The Haven by Norwegian, with exclusive key-card access, will offer a secluded paradise with 80 luxurious suites with the services of a butler and a private concierge, as well as many other amenities.

Norwegian Escape

Norwegian Cruise Line’s 164,600-ton, 4,248 passenger Norwegian Escape is home-ported in Miami year-round, and cruises to the Eastern and Western Caribbean. Eastern Caribbean itineraries take in idyllic islands like St. Thomas, Tortola and Nassau in the Bahamas. Western Caribbean itineraries include Mexico’s Cozumel and Roatan in Honduras are complemented by a call at Harvest Caye, Norwegian’s newest island experience. The signature artwork on the hull was designed by renowned artist and ocean conservationist Guy Harvey.

In addition to family ocean-view staterooms that accommodate up to five guests, Norwegian Escape’s accommodations include Studios, designed and priced for solo travelers; and many options for families, multi-generational groups, spa enthusiasts and more.

Nightlife on-board includes outposts of several popular land-based outlets, including the first-ever Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville restaurant and 5 O’Clock Somewhere Bar at sea, a music venue and outdoor bar on The Waterfront that features live nightly performances. The District Brew House, a hip, urban craft beer hall featuring an exclusive partnership with Miami’s own Wynwood Brewing Company, will serve up more than 24 draft beers while The Cellars, A Michael Mondavi Family Wine Bar, features an array of immersive wine experiences, focusing on tasting, education, and the enjoyment of wine. Norwegian Escape also features Miami’s oldest and most legendary bar, Tobacco Road.

Norwegian Escape’s recreation spaces include the largest ropes course at sea leading a wide array of activities. This three-story multiplex of heart-pounding challenges complete with two planks and five Sky Rails, zip tracks that allow guests to soar through the air. Norwegian Escape’s Aqua Park is the largest at sea and includes a new tandem Aqua Racer slide, complete with a clear acrylic section to further enhance the thrill of this adventure ride; an expanded Kids’ Aqua Park with an enclosed slide, rope climb fun zone and spray cannons. Along with an expanded Splash Academy youth center that includes dedicated play spaces for specific age groups, Norwegian Escape also offers the line’s first nursery for cruisers two and under.

Regent Seven Seas Explorer

Regent Seven Seas Cruises is the world's most inclusive luxury cruise line. The fares include all-suite accommodations, round-trip air, highly personalized service, acclaimed cuisine, fine wines and spirits, Wi-Fi, sightseeing excursions in every port, all gratuities, and a pre-cruise luxury hotel package for those guests staying in concierge and higher suites. The Seven Seas Explorer made her North American debut by sailing into Miami on December 2, 2016. From Miami, the ship embarked on a 14-night Serene Islands round-trip voyage on December 4, 2016, followed by a 10-night Caribbean Dawn round-trip on December 18, 2016. She rang in the New Year with a 16-night Grand Canal Crossing from Miami to Los Angeles with stops throughout the Caribbean and Central America.

Royal Caribbean's PortMiami Expansion

Royal Caribbean International, the world's second largest cruise company, is building a new terminal (named "Terminal A") at PortMiami at a cost of more than $247 million. The terminal is expected to be completed and operational by late Fall of 2018, doubling the number of annual passengers at PortMiami to approximately 1.5 million. With the berth to be 400 meters long, it will be able to accommodate Oasis of the Seas and Allure of the Seas and their sister ships, which are the largest cruise vessels in the world. The third and fourth ships in the class will be delivered in 2016 and 2018.

Royal Caribbean Symphony of the Seas

The world's new largest cruise ship, Royal Caribbean's Symphony of the Seas, will sail from PortMiami starting November, 2018. Her arrival will coincide with the opening of Royal Caribbean's new state-of-the-art Terminal A.

At 1,188 feet long, with 18 decks, 2,175 crew members and 2,775 total staterooms, she will be able to accommodate 6,780 passengers. This grand floating resort will include all the amenities Royal Caribbean is known for, plus so much more. 

Royal Caribbean Empress of the Seas

Royal Caribbean's Empress of the Seas, returned to doing 4- and 5-day Caribbean and Bahamas cruises from PortMiami. Ports of call will be Nassau, Bahamas; Cozumel and Costa Maya, Mexico; Grand Cayman and Key West. Passengers will enjoy earlier departures (11 a.m.), longer stays in every port, and will stay overnight in Cozumel on select cruises.

This 1,602-passenger ship is being completely refurbished to include among other amenities, a rock-climbing wall; new pools and whirlpools; a spa; the Chops Grille Steakhouse; the "newly reimagined Boleros Latin Lounge"; and the Adventure Ocean youth program.

Virgin Voyages

Virgin Voyages has selected PortMiami as its home port for its first cruise ship which will set sail in 2020. The cruise line's three new mid-size ships, of about 110,000 gross tons each, are slated for delivery in 2020, 2021 and 2022. Each ship will feature 1,430 guest cabins to host more than 2,800 guests. Embarking from PortMiami, Virgin Cruises plans to offer a range of seven-day Caribbean itineraries, with Sunday sail dates.

Sir Richard Branson, founder of Virgin Group, has stated, “We now have the right partners in place to build a world-class cruise line that will redefine the cruising experience for good. The Virgin Cruises approach will appeal to cruisers and non-cruisers alike, and we look forward to being in Miami and delivering an experience for people who want a new way to cruise.

Stay in Touch: Sign up for the Miami Insider enews to receive news, events and special offers.

Share the Love: We'd love to see your photos! Share them with us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram and don’t forget to use the hashtag: #FoundInMiami.

Featured In This Article

Tell us a bit about yourself

Please check categories that you are interested in: (optional)
Arts & Culture
Family Fun
Miami Outdoors
Tours & Excursions


Tell us a bit about yourself

Thank you for registering!

You’ll soon receive your very first Miami Insider with information on Miami’s hottest events, money-saving deals and travel updates. From beautiful beaches to bistros and boutiques, world-famous attractions and world-class hotels, there’s something for everyone under the sun to enjoy when the destination is Miami.