If PortMiami has its way, a new two-berth terminal being built for MSC Cruises will also have joint facilities for Disney Cruise Line.
Back in September 2018, the Port extended Disney’s guaranteed birthing rights and the county began working with Disney on plans for a new terminal that would include space for the new larger ships that Disney has on order.
Flash-forward to now, where MSC’s $300 million dollar terminal is set to begin construction this fall and the cruise line is struggling to obtain financing for the project as the COVID-19 pandemic not only disrupted cruising, but also several construction projects at the Port.
Under the new proposal, MSC would have until February 15, 2021 to obtain its financing, with the land turned over for construction between April 15 and May 15, 2021. MSC would be required to include facilities for Disney Cruise Line in Berth 10.
The original proposal had a October 15th turn over date, with construction estimated to take two years. MSC had the right to terminate that agreement if they were unable to find financing before July 31, 2020, so it appears that PortMiami and the county are trying to avoid complete cancellation of the project. The new proposal could be an opportunity for costs savings on all sides by combining the two projects.
Source: Seatrade Cruise News