Norwegian to add Miami liner in port deal
Written by Miami Today on December 18, 2013
Norwegian Cruise Line will base a new 4,200-plus capacity liner in Miami year-round in return for $3 million cash in advance from PortMiami.
The new ship is to be announced after the deadline for Mayor Carlos Gimenez to veto the deal. As part of the deal, the ship’s naming ceremony will be at PortMiami in fall 2015.
Commissioners approved the deal 13-0 on Tuesday.
Besides $1.5 million to be paid to the cruise line this month and $1.5 million more by November 2015, the county is to pay Norwegian marketing incentives pegged to passenger movements at PortMiami, capped at $3.3 million per year for 1.65 million passenger movements for fiscal 2015 to 2017.
Passenger movements count both boarding and debarkation, meaning each person is counted twice.
Norwegian in its deal with the county has guaranteed at least 650,000 passenger movements yearly in fiscal 2012 and 2013. This fiscal year, which began Oct. 1, Norwegian is guaranteeing 1 million, followed by 1.2 million in 2015 and 1.3 million yearly thereafter through Sept. 30, 2021.
The deal doesn’t unveil the name of the new Breakaway Class liner. A second similar ship is on order for spring 2017. The agreement doesn’t note whether that ship would also be based here.
Norwegian had earlier agreed with the county to homeport all South Florida ships in Miami. The line has 12 total ships, with three more to arrive by spring 2017.
The county in 2012 agreed to pay Norwegian $3 million in exchange for basing the “Norwegian Getaway” at PortMiami for at least three years.
In a memo, Deputy Mayor Jack Osterholt told commissioners that the new agreement “increases Norwegian’s minimum net guarantee to the port from $141 million to $164 million (after incentives)” over a lengthened term, with the average annual guarantee rising about 25%.