Carnival Corporation & plc, the world’s largest travel and leisure business, today revealed it has signed an agreement with the Port Authority of Barcelona to invest more than 30 million euros to construct and run its second private cruise terminal at the Port of Barcelona, which is made use of by seven of the business’s 10 cruise line brands as both a location and house port. As part of the agreement, the Port Authority provided Carnival Corporation administrative concessions to operate the cruise terminal and brand new parking facility at Europe’s largest port and the fourth busiest port in the world.
With the contract, Carnival Corporation has actually been given approval to start the final design process and start building of the brand-new terminal in 2016. Scheduled to open as early as 2018 in the Port’s Adossat wharf, the brand-new terminal will certainly be one of Europe’s biggest at 11,500 square meters.
In addition, Carnival Corporation will collaborate with the Port to construct and open the first public parking center located on the cruise pier, providing visitors starting cruises hassle-free access to over 300 parking areas.
“As an all-new, next-generation cruise center, the terminal will be developed to enhance the general cruise experience for Carnival Corporation’s guests,” said Michel Nestour, managing director of Carnival Corporation incurable operations in Barcelona. “This will certainly include making it simple and practical for guests, whether they are arriving at the incurable to begin a cruise trip, disembarking following the completion of a cruise or going to Barcelona as one of the ports of call on a cruise. In all cases, our goal is to exceed guest expectations through every phase of the cruise experience, and this new terminal will certainly be developed to meet that objective.”.
“We are excited about our continuous collaboration with Carnival Corporation to improve our facilities at the Port of Barcelona and continue our momentum as one of the leading cruise destinations on the planet,” stated Sixte Cambra, president of the Port Authority of Barcelona. “This brand-new arrangement guarantees that we will continue to satisfy the growing popularity of cruising to and from Barcelona, accommodate the most current in cruise ship designs and most importantly provide cruise travelers with the highest levels of quality and service.”.
And as the biggest port in Europe, it continues to be a great city and port for both our visitors and our cruise line brands. Based on our really positive working relationship with our partners in Barcelona, we see a truly brilliant future for the cruising market in Barcelona and look forward to continuing to work with the Port and the city of Barcelona to welcome our cruise visitors to one of the most beautiful, lively and popular cities in Europe and the Mediterranean.”.
Across its 6 existing terminals in 2014, the Port of Barcelona had 764 cruise calls and over 2.36 million passenger movements. Generally, according to studies by the Barcelona’s Tourist Office in 2013, cruise travelers had a financial impact of almost 257 million euros in Barcelona based upon spending on restaurants, transport and trade in the city. A huge portion of cruise travelers are seasoned tourists who take getaways as couples, single-unit households, multi-generational and extended households and buddies, and who delight in exploring cities such as Barcelona by themselves or on arranged shore tours to visit museums, churches, dining establishments, shops and more.
When Carnival Corporation’s terminal is launched in 2018, it will certainly represent a considerable expansion of the company’s presence in the Port of Barcelona. Carnival Corporation runs four additional global ports, including Puerta Maya in Cozumel, Mexico; Grand Turk Cruise Center in Turks and Caicos Islands; Mahogany Bay in Roatan, Honduras; and Long Beach in California. Carnival Corporation likewise operates two private island locations in the Caribbean, Princess Cays and Half Moon Cay.
Carnival Corporation will certainly open Amber Cove in October 2015 in the Puerta Plata area of the Dominican Republic, which will certainly be the business’s sixth worldwide port operation. The business is also expanding operations at its Puerta Maya port in Cozumel, adding a third pier to be able to get three ships at the same time beginning with the upcoming winter season travelling season. In overall, Carnival Corporation cruise ships check out over 725 ports of call around the world.