Construction of New Cruise Terminal 6 at Port Canaveral well underway
The all new Cruise Terminal 6 ($60,000,000.00 price tag) is rising up from the ground along with it's new parking garage and pier. Quite a bit of dust and a several cranes are quickly giving berth to the newest, sleek, modern facility the Port has seen in 15 years. This terminal will be state of the art and be able to accommodate the 4,800-person-capacity super ships that currently go to other ports. The largest passenger ships currently home-ported in Port Canaveral accommodate between 3,600 – 4,375 passengers. Carnival Dream carries 3,600 passengers, Disney Dream holds 4,000 and Freedom of the Seas holds up to 4,375 passengers.
With construction only beginning late August, 2011, they have already finished the $7.8 million project where they removed 600,000 cubic yards of dirt from the West Turning Basin. As you can see in the photos they have already begun on the new $7.5 million parking garage, and are building the pier. The terminal will be based on the edge of a wharf that requires seawalls that extend more than 50 feet deep. This is a monumental job that is slated for completion by July 2012.
This New Terminal 6 will include a processing area for 2,500 passengers including a waiting area with 1,100 seats under a two-story atrium. Along with an "energy-efficient" design, the new terminal might attract the two mega-ships that are on order by Norwegian in Germany. Carnival has new ships on order as does Princess and Disney with their deliveries beginning in 2012.
We are excited to see Port Canaveral become a more modern cruise port. We have read that the new facility will allow disembarkation and embarkation simultaneously. The concept is foreign to us. Does this mean that passengers arriving the day of their cruise will have a broader range of time that they can arrive the day of? If you can board the ship at the same time passengers are disembarking, you should be able to board the ship as early as 7:00am! This means either more time on the cruise or maybe complete chaos! We are anxious to learn exactly how operations will handle this if it in fact will be the case.