Disney Cruise Line Exploring New Terminal and Year-Round Sailings at PortMiami

According to a preliminary agenda for an upcoming Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners meeting, Disney Cruise Line is in talks to extend their current preferred berthing agreement with the country which overseas PortMiami. In addition to the extension of the current agreement, Disney Cruise Line and Miami-Dade are looking to negotiate the construction of a new cruise terminal on the south side of the port. The resolution presented below is on the Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners agenda for Wednesday, September 5, 2018.

8J Port of Miami Department – 8J2 181787 Resolution   

RESOLUTION APPROVING AMENDMENT NO. 2 TO THE PREFERENTIAL BERTHING AGREEMENT BETWEEN MIAMI-DADE COUNTY AND MAGICAL CRUISE COMPANY LTD. D/B/A DISNEY CRUISE LINE (DISNEY) TO EXTEND THE TERM OF THE TERMINAL BERTHING AGREEMENT, INCREASE THE MINIMUM ANNUAL GUARANTEES, AMEND THE TERMINAL USAGE RIGHTS AND THE PARKING INCENTIVE, AND ESTABLISH PASSENGER SURPLUS MOVEMENTS AND A MINIMUM ANNUAL DOCKAGE GUARANTEE ALL WITH AN ESTIMATED FISCAL IMPACT OF $26,400,000.00 IN ADDITIONAL PAYMENTS TO THE COUNTY; APPROVING A MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING BETWEEN MIAMI-DADE COUNTY AND DISNEY FOR PRIMARY NEGOTIATION RIGHTS FOR A TERM OF 18 MONTHS TO NEGOTIATE THE CONSTRUCTION OF A NEW CRUISE FACILITY ON THE SOUTH SIDE OF THE PORT; AND AUTHORIZING THE COUNTY MAYOR OR THE COUNTY MAYOR’S DESIGNEE EXECUTE SAME AND EXERCISE ALL RIGHTS CONTAINED THEREIN; AND APPROVING WAIVER OF RESOLUTION NO. 130-06 (Port of Miami)

The supporting document accompanying the agenda is a 20-page memo from Mayor Carlos A Gimenez to the Board of County Commissioners. The document sheds even more details on Disney Cruise Line’s future plans at PortMiami. The proposed amendment to the preferred berthing agreement would extend Disney’s current guarantee of 100,000 passenger movements for Fiscal Year 2018. Then, in FY2019-2022 increase passenger movements to 150,000 passenger movements.

According to the pending agreement, in 2023, Disney Cruise Line will replace its seasonal service from PortMiami to a year-round service with rotating 5-night/5-night/4-night sailings onboard a large vessel with a minimum of 3,500 passengers beginning January 2023. By making PortMiami a second year-round homeport, Disney Cruise Line will guarantee Miami-Dade County a minimum of 360,000 passengers movements beginning FY2023 through the term of the berthing agreement, April 30, 2024.

Currently, Disney has a preferred berthing agreement for Terminal F set to expire on September 30, 2018. To accommodate a year-round ship, Disney Cruise Line is considering a parcel on the south side of the port for a new cruise terminal, just to the east of Terminal J and down the road from Royal Caribbean’s corporate offices.

PortMiami DCL Terminal Site Overview PortMiami DCL Terminal Proposed Site PortMiami DCL Terminal Proposed Site 2

This new cruise terminal would allow Disney to homeport a large vessel capable of carrying 3500+ passengers and vessels up to 1,150 feet. Disney seeks to expand their brand at PortMiami. Following the first large ship in January 2023 followed by a second large vessel sailing seasonally on January 2024 with 3-night/4-night rotation.

The berthing agreement would give Disney Cruise Line year-round preferential berthing rights at Terminal F on Sundays during FY2018 and FY2019 and rights at Terminal C on Saturdays starting FY2020. Disney would also have the first right to negotiate a use agreement for the proposed new cruise terminal as well as the first right to negotiate preferred berthing rights for Sundays at Terminal J in 2024.

Last but not least, the berthing agreement included Disney Cruise Line’s berthing schedule for FY2018-2019 which includes sail dates in 2020 which will not likely be announced until DCL’s next itinerary announcement which we anticipate in October of this year.DCL Port Miami Dec 2018 May 2020 Sail DatesDisney’s plans to expand their presence at PortMiami with year-round and seasonal sailings along with recent revelations from Port Canaveral suggesting two of the new LNG builds will be based out of Port Canaveral further show why Disney is looking for a new island in the Bahamas.

4 thoughts on “Disney Cruise Line Exploring New Terminal and Year-Round Sailings at PortMiami

  1. Bill B

    I would like to see Disney develop a destination resort like DVC Aulani/Hilton Head/Vero Beach but add port facilities for DCL. The resort could have amenities similar to a Sandals or Atlantis with a smaller shopping/restaurant area like Disney Springs. The other side of the island would have port facilities for DCL and private beaches like Castaway Cay. DCL excursions would include trips to the resort/restaurant/shopping/amenity side but the destination resort side would not have access to the DCL side. Just my two cents.

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  2. Kathy

    I was recently at the Orlando airport and they are building a whole new Terminal C building that connects with the main terminal. I thought I heard them say it will also be where a bullet train from Miami will also come in. Maybe Mickey is planning to have the Magic Express drop them off and send them down to Miami?

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    1. Scott Sanders Post author

      Correct. Brightline will connect from MCO.
      Here is the status as of today.

      ORLANDO
      PLANNED FUTURE EXPANSION
      Orlando International Airport’s
      South Intermodal Center (ITC)

      Explore Orlando and beyond with Brightline.
      It will be a smooth landing from Orlando International Airport to South Florida’s most popular attractions aboard Brightline. Conveniently located in the South Terminal, ride south and dive into the turquoise waters, vibrant nightlife and cultural attractions of Miami, Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach.

      Discover the magic of Florida’s most popular theme parks when you ride carefree and car-free north from any of our South Florida stations.

      Our Orlando station is nearly complete, but there is much left to do, including laying more than 170 miles of new track. Phase II construction to Orlando is expected to take approximately three years, and we plan to begin in 2018. Stay tuned for updates.

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