We care about the oceans and the communities we call home.
For nearly fifty years Royal Caribbean has called PortMiami home. In 2016 the company made a stronger commitment to its hometown by announcing a cruise terminal that promises high function as well as form. Nicknamed the “Crown of Miami,” for its appearance when seen from the water, Terminal A will be Royal Caribbean’s first LEED certified cruise terminal. Regarded as the most widely used green building rating system in the world, LEED provides a framework that project teams can apply to create healthy, highly efficient, and cost-saving green buildings.
Designed by Broadway Malyan, an England-based global architecture firm that won the right in a worldwide competition, the terminal complex will be owned, operated and maintained by RCL, which will lease the land at the port.
Scheduled to open October 2018, the public-private partnership will have an estimated economic impact of $500 million and generate more than 4,000 jobs, making it our largest cruise port in the U.S.
Before opening night, there are countless hours of sweat, sore muscles and rehearsals put in by the casts of our ships’ production shows. Those hours became a lot more pleasant when we opened our $32 million, state-of-the-art entertainment studios on Florida International University’s (FIU) Biscayne Bay Campus.
Through a partnership with FIU, not only do our thousands of performers have a place to call home while rehearsing, but the partnership expands an already robust relationship fostering practical business experience for FIU students across a broad range of career paths.
The studio’s 132,500-square-foot facility – said to be one of the largest rehearsal complex in the world – grants interns unprecedented access to the production facility and opportunities to receive cruise industry training in areas such as operations, management, research and hospitality. Studio access is also granted to students and faculty in the College of Architecture and the Arts and the Chaplin School of Hospitality and Tourism Management.
This past year, five art students at FIU’s CARTA program also joined the internship program at the new production facility. During their time there, the students were able to learn rigging, sound and lighting, vocals, costume maintenance and entertainment productions.
Our Information Technology Department also stays connected with FIU faculty and promising students in the science and computer technology field by attending annual science fairs. The fairs are also a good way to identify candidates for our Technology Summer Internship Program. FIU students make up 80 percent of our information technology interns, who are often considered for full-time job opportunities with the company when they graduate.
Additionally, students from FIU’s Chaplin Hospitality school participate in our corporate internships program at our company headquarters in Miami, serving in the Hotel Operations, Food and Beverage, Revenue Management and Shipboard Human Resources departments.
At RCL, our employees are public service-minded and share our mission to give back and make positive contributions to the communities we touch. We launched our Get Involved, Volunteer Everywhere (GIVE) program in 1997. Over the past 17 years, employees and their friends and families, suppliers and business partners, join forces nationally and internationally each year to assist nonprofit and community organizations in improving the quality of lives in their communities. Our employees have pitched in at schools, children’s homes, museums and neighborhoods in the United States, the Caribbean and Europe. Additionally, in the fall, shipboard employees raise money for destination-based charities of their choice, including orphanages, shelters and community centers around the globe through our “GIVE for the Holidays” program. In 2015, approximately one thousand employees, friends and family participated in our RCL’s 18th annual GIVE Day event, which took place at John U. Lloyd State Park, one of Florida’s largest urban parks. With more than 50,000 visitors annually, the Park requires ongoing maintenance and restoration. 2015 GIVE Day projects at the Park included sea grass and trail restoration, painting, planting, butterfly garden, playground installation and coastal cleanup. Additional GIVE Days projects also took place simultaneously at our shoreside offices in the United States and the United Kingdom and on some of our ships.