Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings and Miami-Dade County have amended and restated an agreement incorporating the construction of a new Cruise Terminal B at PortMiami.

A ground breaking ceremony for the new terminal, which will be able to accommodate vessels carrying 5,000 passengers, is to be held on April 26.

Construction is set to be completed in the fall of 2019 on schedule to receive the Norwegian Encore, the newest ship of NCL’s Breakaway Plus class, when it makes its debut in Miami with seasonal cruises to the Caribbean.

“The construction of a new cruise terminal with the capacity to berth an additional 5,000-passenger cruise ship represents thousands of jobs and increased opportunities for our community,” Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez said.

The new agreement guarantees the county a minimum of 1.3 million NCL passenger moves annually, solidifying Miami as its exclusive homeport in South Florida.

“We are excited to partner with Miami-Dade County, the architects at Bermello Ajamil & Partners, and the team at NV2A and Haskell to create a modern and innovative terminal that will soon welcome guests to a premium experience that begins even before they embark and fully immerse themselves in what it means to cruise with Norwegian,” Frank Del Rio, president and chief executive officer of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings, added.

NCL unveiled the design of its dedicated terminal at PortMiami in early March 2018.

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