Carnival Cruise Terminal, PortMiami

Carnival Cruise Terminal, PortMiami

The project entails the complete renovation and expansion of Terminal F at PortMiami to support the operation of Carnival’s new Excel class ship. When completed, Terminal F will be Canival’s largest in North America.

Existing buildings will be renovated and blended with new structures to create an integrated cruise facility that provides a seamless traveler experience from curbside to ship. BBA’s design creates a single guest experience that is directional and proceeds orderly through a sequence of well-thought-out spaces. The design draws inspiration from maritime architecture, the terminal’s prominent location fronting the MacArthur Causeway, and Miami, a city that feels the pulse of the Caribbean.

A new exterior canopy system will serve as a transition between passenger drop-off and the building scales, as well as between exterior and interior. With its translucent white canvas roofs and painted metal structure, the canopies serve to orient the passengers while protecting them from the elements. At night, canopies and metal cladded facades fronting the south elevation of the terminal will be illuminated, conveying a unified, modern, and sleek iconic image. Terminal F’s north façade will be illuminated with continuous linear LEDs mounted at intervals across the unified length of the terminal to accentuate the horizontality of the project and illuminate the new structure to make it visible from the MacArthur Causeway. A translucent media mesh will be placed directly below the white canvas roofs and display captivating imagery to passers-by, while allowing light to enter the terminal during the daytime.

The roof’s design curves at two moments, creating a ripple waveform effect from the south façade while allowing generous amounts of light to enter the building from the north through additional glazing. The roofs will be seen from the cruise ships and will be integrated aesthetically, effectively becoming a fifth façade.

BBA designed the terminal’s interiors as transitions between buildings, defined by large video or light walls, creating passenger excitement as they anticipate embarking on their voyage. Curvilinear shapes, white and wood tones with splashes of deep blue and white painted steel recall ship architecture and infuse a maritime spirit.

The project is set for completion by November 2022 to welcome the Mardi Grass and in time for Carnival’s 50th anniversary.