Carnival Corp. to Build Cruise Terminal in Barcelona
PHOTO: Barcelona, the homeport for many Mediterranean cruises, also is home to the famous Sagrada Familia cathedral. (Courtesy of Tourism Institute of Spain)
Carnival Corp. plans to build a €30 million cruise terminal at the Port of Barcelona, Spain.
“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 Corp. “And as the largest port in Europe, it continues to be a great city and port for both our guests and our cruise line brands.”
The company signed an agreement with the Port Authority of Barcelona to build and operate its second private cruise terminal at the port, which is used by seven of the company’s 10 cruise brands as both a destination and homeport. The Port Authority granted Carnival administrative concessions to operate the cruise terminal and a new 30-space parking facility.
Carnival plans to start construction in 2016. Scheduled to open as early as 2018 in the port’s Adossat wharf, the new terminal will be one of Europe’s largest at 11,500 square meters.
Across its six existing terminals in 2014, the Port of Barcelona had 764 cruise calls and over 2.36 million passenger movements. Overall, according to studies by the Barcelona’s Tourist Office in 2013, cruise passengers had an economic impact of nearly €257 million in Barcelona based on spending on restaurants, transport and trade in the city.
Carnival Corp. operates four other ports — Puerta Maya in Cozumel, Mexico; Grand Turk Cruise Center in Turks & Caicos Islands; Mahogany Bay in Roatan, Honduras; and Long Beach in California — as well as the two private island destinations in the Caribbean, Princess Cays and Half Moon Cay.
Carnival will open Amber Cove in October 2015 in the Puerta Plata region of the Dominican Republic. The company also is expanding operations at its Puerta Maya port in Cozumel, adding a third pier so three ships can dock simultaneously starting with the upcoming winter cruising season.
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