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The Port of Miami Wants to Move Royal Caribbean to the Head of the Line

New agreement would give the cruise line preferential birthing rights.

Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava issued the following statement on an MOI between the County and Royal Caribbean:

As we work closely alongside our industry partners to usher in the safe return of cruising, I am pleased to recommend a Memorandum of Intent (MOI) between Miami-Dade County and Royal Caribbean Group to negotiate a preferential berthing rights agreement for the future shared cruise terminal at PortMiami. This MOI will be presented to the PortMiami and Environmental Resiliency Committee on June 8 and the Board of County Commissioners on June 15. Under the MOI, the County will designate Royal Caribbean as the primary third-party cruise line at the shared terminal facility and negotiate terms for minimum revenue guarantees, financing, timing, and construction of Berth 10, a facility which will be operated and maintained by the County and have shore power capability. As approved by the Board in February 2021 with MSC Cruises, the shared cruise terminal will be the first of its kind with the capability of simultaneously berthing three cruise vessels (at Berths 8, 9 and 10) by more than one cruise line. This partnership will further solidify the Port’s role as a leader on innovation and sustainability, while generating more good-paying jobs and bringing more passengers as we work to bring back cruising stronger than ever.

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