Virgin Voyages unveils pictures of its cruise terminal in Port Miami
Virgin Voyages is set to open cruise bookings in 2020 on its first ship, the Scarlet Lady, starting February 14, 2019. The cruise line has also released renditions of its dedicated Virgin Voyages terminal. 100,000 square feet, in PortMiami.
Virgin Voyages has announced that Scarlet Lady will continue to sail the Caribbean from Miami in 2021. The company's second ship will depart from Miami during the 2021/22 fall / winter cruise season.
Meanwhile, the new Virgin Voyages terminal will be located on the northwestern side of the harbor. The project will start next year and should be completed by November 2021. Some agreements with local authorities are underway.
"Miami is an amazing city and one of my favorite places to work and play," said Sir Richard Branson, founder of Virgin Group. "Since opening our Virgin Hotels headquarters, Virgin Voyages and now Virgin Trains USA, South Florida has quickly become a new home for Virgin brands in the leisure travel industry.
Tom McAlpin, President and CEO of Virgin Travel, said, "Our fleet now has four vessels. The new terminal is designed by Arquitectonica who is already well known in Miami. It is also the architectural firm that designed the American Airlines Arena in downtown Miami, the Brickell City Center complex in Brickell and the Miami City Ballet in South Beach. Arquitectonica designed the roof of the terminal to look like a palm grove with pockets that allow daylight to enter the building during the day, and beautiful beams illuminate our iconic Virgin Voyages night logo. "
The glass facilities and lush landscaping will give the terminal a plaza feel with areas designated for VIP receptions, parking and supply, Virgin Voyages explains.
Earlier this month, Virgin Travel announced plans to build a fourth vessel, expected to be delivered in 2023 and capable of accommodating 2,770 passengers. The cruise company also announced that Cuba would be one of the destinations of its first ship, Scarlet Lady.