MIAMI — When completed, Celebrity Cruises’ first ever, brand-designed cruise terminal will leave guests in awe.
This is exactly what the cruise line aims to achieve with Terminal 25 (T25) at Port Everglades in Hollywood, FL, which will house its highly anticipated new ship, Celebrity Edge. Scheduled for completion in late October 2018, T25 represents the largest financial investment that Port Everglades has ever made in a cruise terminal.
Guests will be wowed by the terminal’s tech features, which include Frictionless Arrival (designed to make the check-in process absolutely seamless), and an interactive light wall art installation. It will boast The Retreat for Suite Class guests, featuring an exclusive lounge, elevator lobbies, screening areas and a private rooftop terrace.
Moreover, the new terminal will feature a 1,463 square-foot GKD Mediamesh that will wrap around its exterior, and the first purpose-built crew lounge of any Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. Terminal. This lounge will offer complimentary Wi-Fi connectivity, TV access, optimized storage, quiet places for employees and more.
“When designing the revolutionary Celebrity Edge, we knew we wanted to design a terminal that perfectly complemented the ship and matched its one-of-a-kind experience,” said Lisa Lutoff-Perlo, President and CEO, Celebrity Cruises. “With cutting-edge technology, in service of a gorgeous design, T25 is that perfect new home.”
T25 will replace two smaller and outdated cruise terminals in order to accommodate some of the world’s largest cruise ships, said Port Everglades’ Chief Executive and Port Director Steven Cernak. “The time was right to build a new Terminal 25 that uses cutting-edge technology, such as electronic media-mesh for innovative messaging, to attract contemporary travellers who want to explore the world.”
Upon completion, T25 will be the new home to many Celebrity ships during their winter deployment, including Celebrity Edge, Celebrity Infinity, Celebrity Reflection and Celebrity Silhouette. Along with these ships, the terminal will be LEED certified and able to accommodate up to a 1,150 foot-long ship. When Celebrity is not using T25, it will be open to other cruise lines.
Currently, Port Everglades welcomes on average about 335,000 Celebrity guests each year, representing about 9% of its overall passenger traffic. It’s anticipated that Celebrity will generate nearly 500,000 travellers at Port Everglades, representing no less than 14% of the port’s projected passenger traffic.