Work will commence in late April on a USD$54 million renovation of the Port Everglades cruise terminal in Fort Lauderdale following an agreement with Carnival Corporation.

The renovations will commence on Cruise Terminals 2, 19, 21 and 26 in late April with completion slated from mid-December 2012 through to early June 2013.

“Cruise ships are getting larger, so homeports such as Port Everglades must reconfigure and modernize their cruise terminals to accommodation arriving and debarking guests simultaneously to keep ships on schedule,” Port Everglades chief executive and port director Steven Cernak said.

Two passenger loading bridges will be installed to allow for simultaneous embarking and debarking with separate and larger baggage halls, improved ground transportation and revamped artwork.

Artists featured in cruise terminals 2, 19 and 26 were selected from a field of 208 applicants who were given the objective to promote tourism to South Florida and evoke a tropical vibe with artists using materials primarily sourced from Broward County and the broader South Florida region.