PortMiami will be 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 beginning December 2016. Its inaugural Mediterranean itineraries will mark Carnival's return to Europe.
Carnival Vista will take 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 will also offer 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.
As Norwegian Cruise Line’s newest cruise ship to date, the 164,600-ton, 4,248 passenger Norwegian Escape sailed into Miami on November 8, 2015, and set sail on her first passenger cruise on November 14. Home-ported in Miami year-round, the ship 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.
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.
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.
Royal Caribbean's PortMiami Expansion
Royal Caribbean International, the world's second largest cruise company, plans to build, finance and operate 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 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.
Carnival Fathom Cruises
Fathom is the newest brand in the Carnival Corporation. Beginning in Spring 2016, separate "impact travel" voyages will set sail from Miami to Cuba and The Dominican Republic. 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.
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 will make her North American debut by sailing into Miami on December 2, 2016. From Miami, the ship will embark 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 will ring in the New Year with a 16-night Grand Canal Crossing from Miami to Los Angeles with stops throughout the Caribbean and Central America.
Virgin Cruises 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.
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