AIDA VITA SLIPS INTO MIAMI AT SUNRISE © 2017 JD SCHWARTZ
CRUISE CAPITAL OF THE WORLD
My first cruise from the Port of Miami was in 1974. This was the era of the AIR/SEA cruise. We flew from Philadelphia to MIA on a cold December morning for our two week cruise on Royal Caribbean's Sun Viking. This was small-ship cruising and doubt most folks today would venture out on a 18,500 ton, 563' foot long ship, let alone for two weeks.
ROYAL CARIBBEAN'S SUN VIKING
Origins of the Viking Crown Lounge
MSC has just signed an agreement to build a new terminal for their newest ships. NCL and Royal are also building new terminals with Royals slated to open this year to accommodate Symphony of the Seas. NCL's Encore, arriving in 2019 will have a new terminal as well.
ROYAL CARIBBEAN'S NEW TERMINAL
Symphony of the Seas arriving fall 2019
NCL'S NEW TERMINAL
Encore will arrive in 2020
MSC'S NEW WORLD CLASS ships will carry 7,000 passengers, slated to sail from Miami in 2022.
PHOTOS FROM MY JOURNEYS IN AND OUT OF PORT MIAMI
Sailing out of Miami on FATHOM's Adonia bound for CUBA and the Dominican Republic.
Mein Schiff arrives early - is this an unscheduled port call?