Verdant Isle Port Partners is the group named as preferred bidder for the Cayman Islands cruise berthing and cargo enhancement project. Verdant Isle Port Partners consists of the world’s two largest cruise companies, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. and Carnival Corporation, together with Orion Marine Group and McAlpine Ltd.


Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd

Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd will co-lead the financing of the project and provide technical design and maintenance input. 

Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd is a global cruise vacation company that controls and operates four global brands: Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises, Azamara and Silversea Cruises. It is also a 50 percent joint venture owner of the German brand TUI Cruises and a 49 percent shareholder in the Spanish brand Pullmantur Cruceros. Together, these brands operate a combined total of 63 ships with an additional 13 on order as of June 30, 2019. They operate diverse itineraries around the world that call on all seven continents. 

For the fourth consecutive year, Royal Caribbean has been cited by the Ethisphere Institute, a global leader in defining and advancing the standards of ethical business practices, as one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies. This year, Royal Caribbean stood alone among its competitors as the only company in the Leisure & Recreation category.

Carnival Corporation

Carnival Corporation & PLC Carnival Corporation & PLC (Carnival) will co-lead the financing of the project and provide technical design and maintenance input. 

Carnival is the world’s largest leisure travel company, provides travelers around the globe with extraordinary vacations at an exceptional value. The company’s portfolio of global cruise line brands includes nine distinct brands operating worldwide. 

Together, these brands comprise the world’s largest cruise company with a fleet of over 100 ships visiting more than 700 ports around the world. A dual listed company trading publicly in the New York Stock Exchange and London Stock Exchange, as such is the only company in the world to be listed on both the S&P 500 and FTSE 100. 

McAlpine Limited

McAlpine Limited will lead the development of the landside scope of work for the project.

McAlpine is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Sir Robert McAlpine (Holdings) Limited and has been established in the Cayman Islands for more than 45 years. Through this time in Cayman, McAlpine has developed an excellent working relationship with local and international consulting firms, material suppliers and procurement agencies and other large international construction companies. McAlpine has experience in a variety of contracting models including Design-Build and the formation of joint ventures when required. 

McAlpine has a proven record of accomplishment in the successful delivery of complex and large projects in the Cayman Islands. Some of the most iconic buildings in the Cayman Islands were built by McAlpine, such as the Cayman Islands Government Administration Building, the Owen Roberts International Airport, and Bank of Butterfield Building.

McAlpine will use a proven mix of local and foreign consultants, suppliers, subcontractors, labor force, plant and equipment to design and build the project’s landside development to the highest possible standards of safety and quality. 

Orion Marine Construction Inc. 

Orion will lead the engineering and design of the project as well as the marine construction scope of work. 

Orion Marine Construction is a member of the Orion Marine Group, a leading heavy civil and marine contractor providing a broad range of turnkey marine, civil and specialty construction services on, over and under the water, as well as onshore for major industrial and commercial applications along the Gulf Coast, the Atlantic Seaboard and the Caribbean Basin. Services offered by Orion include marine transportation facility construction, dredging, bridge building, marine pipeline installation, industrial concrete and foundations, as well as specialty operations including pile driving, drilled shafts, marine towing, demolition, excavation, salvage and diving services including underwater inspection and repair.

Orion is a division of Orion Group Holdings, Inc, a publicly-listed company on the New York Stock Exchange which encompasses the marine construction capabilities as well as turnkey commercial concrete services to light commercial, structural and industrial markets.