Port Canaveral celebrated the start of construction of a new cruise terminal recently, with a scheduled completion date of July 2012. The new terminal will have a 2,500-person processing area and a 1,100-seat waiting area, with a two-story atrium and energy-efficient features and should be large enough to handle any ship on the planet, including Royal Caribbean’s giant Oasis and Allure of the Seas.
In addition to the ground-breaking, Port Canaveral will celebrate the completion of its $7.8 million West Turning Basin corner cutoff project, which removed 600,000 cubic yards of dirt in order to allow the Port to accommodate more and larger cruise and cargo ships. The completion is part of a larger effort to obtain $34 million in federal funding for the widening and deepening of the Port’s channel.
Port Canaveral Port Authority Chief Executive Officer J. Stanley Payne says the new Terminal 6 dock will be large enough to accommodate “the absolute largest cruise ships in the world,” including Royal Caribbean’s 6,200-passenger, Genesis-class ships.
Port Canaveral photo
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