Thursday, April 21, 2011

Port Canaveral to EXPAND with New Terminal, Berths, Dredging

Mariner of the Seas at Terminal 10 (2004)
HooRay!!! Port Canaveral in about to go into expansion mode.  Yesterday, the Port Authority gave their go-ahead for a new Cruise Terminal to accomodate the Carnival Ecstacy, and also a new berth at Terminal 10,  which is where the Royal Caribbean ships currently dock.  The Carnival Dream also uses Terminal 10, as do some other ships when making port calls here.

Now, here's a little tidbit that was only a mention in the article in Florida Today - also approved was a dredging project  ". . . that will help the port accommodate the largest cruise ships." 

Right now the three largest cruise ships that call Port Canaveral home are:
  • Royal Caribbean's Freedom of the Seas - 154,407 g.t.; length-1112';  passenger capacity - 3646 - 4375
  • The Carnival Dream  - 130,000 gt; length -1004'; passenger capacity - ~ 3600-4000
  • The Disney Dream - 130,000 g.t.; length - 1115'; passenger capacity - ~ 4000
 Sure sounds like some real possibilities of good things to come for the Space Coast from the cruise industry!

More about Port Canaveral's Two Dreams.