Cruise Terminal 1 Opening Heralds New Era For Port
By Space Coast Daily // December 27, 2014
CT1 TO HOST FIRST SHIP SATURDAY
Ivey’s Construction of Merritt Island Does Outstanding Job In Building $100M World Class Landmark Structure
BREVARD COUNTY • PORT CANAVERAL, FLORIDA – When Royal Caribbean’s 1,020-foot, 137,000 ton Explorer of the Seas pulls into Port Canaveral’s spanking new Cruise Terminal One on Saturday, it will mark a new and exciting beginning for the south side of Canaveral harbor, The Cove.
Cruise Terminal 1 is strategically located on the south side of Port Canaveral and will allow passengers and crew to walk to nearby dining and entertainment options for the first time in the Port’s 60 year history.
The Cove is on the fast track to become a Central Florida restaurant and retail premier destination – not only for locals, but for the 4 million cruise passengers that currently pass through every year.
“The new cruise terminal complex will handle the largest cruise ships currently sailing as well as the 6,000-passenger vessels in design,” said Port Canaveral CEO John Walsh.
Royal Caribbean is slated as the main tenant of Cruise Terminal 1, and will host the Quantum of the Seas (4,905 passengers), Enchantment of the Seas (2,446 Passengers), Explorer of the Seas (3,114 passengers) and Freedom of the Seas (3,634 passengers).
The Port’s new terminal is designed to accommodate the largest cruise ships in the world, as well as allow passengers to board at various locations.
The terminal also features a 1,600-seat pre-boarding area that can convert into a 1,000-seat venue and 60 passenger check-in stations.
The completion and opening of Port Canaveral’s $100 million Cruise Terminal 1 was delayed approximately one month, but the wait was well worth it.
Local firm Ivey’s Construction of Merritt Island built the beautiful, world-class 187,500 square foot facility.
The project, designed as the most efficient cruise terminal in the world, features deep concrete pile foundations, concrete pile caps, concrete slab on grade, concrete tilt wall panels, structural steel frame and an iconic sail feature.
Ivey’s Design/Build team includes BEA Architects, TLC Engineering, Allen Engineering, Kinley LLC, and Susan Hall, ASLA, Landscape Architecture.
In addition to the two-story terminal, the project included a 1,400-foot-long berth and parking for 1,000 vehicles.