HOLLYWOOD – On Friday, November 6, at 3 p.m. Broward County’s Port Everglades will officially dedicate the new Cruise Terminal 18, which will be the home to the two largest cruise ships in the world, Royal Caribbean International’s Oasis of the Seas and Allure of the Seas.
To accommodate these revolutionary cruise ships, the Port has invested approximately $75 million to more than triple the size of Cruise Terminal 18 from 67,500 square feet to 240,000 square feet.
The terminal’s mega-size will accommodate the more than 5,400 cruise guests and their luggage so that both arriving and departing guests can go through processing procedures simultaneously.
Each Oasis-class ship is projected to generate approximately 584,000 passenger movements annually at Port Everglades.
The first of the 225,282-gross-registered-ton ships, Oasis of the Seas, is scheduled to begin sailing year-round from Port Everglades in December 2009, with the second sister-ship, Allure of the Seas, to begin year-round sailings one year later.
Among the dignitaries scheduled to speak are:
U.S. Congressman Ron Klein, Broward County Mayor Stacy Ritter, City of Hollywood Mayor Peter Bober
Port Everglades Director Phillip C. Allen,
Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. Chairman Richard Fain, Royal Caribbean International President Adam Goldstein, and Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd., Sr. Vice President of Land Operations Craig Milan