Designed to leave guests in awe, Celebrity Cruises recently opened the first ever brand-designed cruise terminal, Terminal 25 (T25), located at Port Everglades in Hollywood, Fl. T25 features cutting-edge technology and a sleek design, all crafted to create the ultimate guest experience. This includes many of Arconas’ high-design seating and waste/recycling products.
The project was brought to life in collaboration with Broward County’s Port Everglades, architectural firm Bermello Ajamil, Moss construction, and J.C. White design services. T25 melds a gorgeous, warm design with unique technology, such as frictionless arrival, which makes the check-in process seamless, and an interactive wall art installation.
When choosing furniture for the space, the facility was looking to deviate from a traditional looking transportation terminal. Instead, a range of statement pieces were chosen to bring the space to life, evoke movement, and appeal to different types of travelers with diverse tastes and needs.
Guests arrive to a stunning façade that features a 1,463 sq. ft. GKD Mediamesh which wraps the terminal’s exterior, juxtaposing the more than 18,000 sq. ft. of outward facing glass. Near the entrances and exits, rows of Arconas’ Morelli benches in a cloud silver finish flow along the walls and curbs. The benches curved, tapered legs give a subtle nod to a ships sails, and the movement of ocean waves. As the sun moves above, the perforations on the steel slats of the seats cast a unique shadow adding another level of visual interest to the waiting areas.
Inside the Terminal
Once inside, the mediamesh found outside is mimicked with an interactive light wall installation. The “Visual Voyage” interactive artwork installation spans over 260 feet in the terminal check-in area as guests engage individually or in groups as they make the lights on this artwork travel along each of the 24 time zones of the global map.
One of the goals of the interior design of the building was for the vacation to begin as soon as passengers entered the terminal. The passenger journey to the ship was to be an experience of its own. This was partially achieved by the furniture chosen to complete the space. Wooden, modular Green Furniture Concept Nova C Double seating creates a feast for the eyes and senses in the check-in area. Stained in a dark brown “charcoal” finish, the sustainable wood benches were created in a unique custom curved design for the terminal.
Passengers can find a spot perfect for their needs, whether it is a quiet area on an outside curve by themselves, or an inside curve that lends itself well to families or groups to interact. Power under the seating is also available in a perfect balance that supplies power for those who need it, but just enough to encourage people to keep moving along to board the ship.
For passengers that prefer more plush seating, Arconas Flyaway seating in a neutral upholstery is also available. Created for high-impact settings, the contemporary Flyaway emphasizes user comfort. Ergonomically contoured lumbar support, a higher backrest and substantial cushioning provide superior comfort for extended wait times. The rows of seating are connected with the Flyaway retrofit back-to-back connector. These connectors maintain even spacing between units and help discourage movement, keeping seating rows neat and straight.
Once finished checking in, passengers continue on their voyage to the state-of-the-art ships including Celebrity Edge, Celebrity Infinity, Celebrity Reflection, and Celebrity Silhouette. Port Everglades currently handles an average of approximately 335,000 Celebrity passengers annually, about 9% of its overall traffic. With this new terminal now complete, it is anticipated Celebrity will generate nearly 500,000 passengers a year, 14% of the port’s projected traffic.