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Virgin Turns On the Lights in Miami

On Sunday, the upstart cruise opened their new LEED terminal in the cruise capitol of the world.

Virgin Voyages officially opened their new terminal at the Port of Miami this past Sunday in typical Sir Richard Branson style. The cruise line founder arrived with President Tom McAlpin and Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava waving from Virgin-branded electric Moke vehicles.

The terminal is LEED Gold certified, like Norwegian Cruise Line's new Terminal B at the port, with materials, air conditioning and electrical systems all designed to minimize environmental impact. According to the company, the street address of 718 N Cruise Blvd. – was cleverly earmarked to celebrate Sir Richard Branson's birthday on July 18, and the opening of Virgin Voyages' cruise terminal represents a significant milestone in the brand's history.

Branson said at the opening, “Coming to this beautiful new terminal and seeing Scarlet Lady in her home port here in Miami has been such an incredible experience. The team at Virgin Voyages has created a stunning building that delivers on our commitment to being better stewards of the earth with its LEED Gold Certification.”

Virgin CEO Tom McAlpin added, “We’ve always strived to turn the ordinary into the extraordinary, and Terminal V gives us greater opportunity to elevate the Sailor experience from the moment you see the AHOY sign to the time you disembark. Scarlet Lady deserves a home as beautiful as she is, and we cannot wait for our Sailors to begin their voyage at Terminal.”

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