Carnival Corporation is to open a private cruise terminal in one of Europe’s
Carnival Corporation has signed a €30million deal to build and operate its second private cruise terminal in the Port of Barcelona, one of the busiest cruise ports in the world.
Construction of the new terminal building, the seventh to be built in Barcelona’s port, is due to begin in 2016 and is expected to open for business as early as 2018. Once completed, it will be one of the largest cruise terminals in Europe with a total area of 11,500 square metres (37730 square feet).
The agreement with the Barcelona Port Authority has given Carnival administrative concessions to operate the new terminal, which will have the capacity for 4,500 passengers. Carnival will also collaborate with the Port Authority to build the first public car park on the cruise pier.
“In the past several years Barcelona has seen a consistent surge in growth as a very popular destination for our cruise guests,” said Giora Israel, senior vice president of global port and destination development for Carnival Corporation.
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“As the largest port in Europe, it continues to be a great city and port for both our guests and our cruise line brands. We are excited to expand our operations at the Port of Barcelona with our second private terminal, as it enhances our ability to provide a great experience for our guests.”
Barcelona is already a regular destination for seven of the company’s ten cruise line brands, including Cunard, Costa Cruises and Holland America Line. The new terminal will be ready in time to accommodate Carnival’s new class of cruise ships, due to arrive in 2018 and 2019.
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Already one of the busiest cruise ports in the world, Barcelona’s six existing cruise terminals received a total of 764 cruise calls in 2014 alone, with more than 2.36 million passengers moving through the port itself.
Sixte Cambra, president of the Port Authority of Barcelona, said: “We are excited about our ongoing partnership with Carnival Corporation to enhance our facilities at the Port of Barcelona and continue our momentum as one of the top cruise destinations in the world.”
The Barcelona Tourist Office has assessed that cruise passengers have had an impact of nearly €257 million on the city’s economy.
The deal comes despite Barcelona’s mayor this month proposing new regulations to limit tourist numbers.