(2:45 p.m. EDT) -- A $100-million makeover of Terminal 25 at Fort Lauderdale's Port Everglades will be made as part of a new long-term agreement between Royal Caribbean Cruises, Ltd. (RCCL) and the port.
The current RCCL agreement expires at the end of 2017, and the new agreement will extend through September 30, 2026, with options to prolong the terms for an additional four years, followed by an additional five years. Details of the rennovations have not yet been released.
RCCL owns both Royal Caribbean International and Celebrity Cruises. Earlier this year, it was announced that Celebrity's newest ship, Celebrity Edge, would homeport in Fort Lauderdale beginning December 2018. Preferential berthing rights will belong to RCCL cruise lines at Terminal 25, as well as Terminal 18, where Royal Caribbean's Oasis-class ships -- Oasis, Allure and Harmony -- dock.
"Renovating Cruise Terminal 25 was already part of our Master/Vision Plan, and was scheduled to begin this year," said Port Everglades Chief Executive and Port Director Steven Cernak. "Giving preferential berthing rights to Royal Caribbean allows us to build a facility that meets their expectations for the new generations of larger cruise ships and for the new Celebrity Edge."
Terminal 25 was originally built in 1992 and renovated in 2004, when a section to provide an additional elevator was added.
--By Brittany Chrusciel, Associate Editor