US-based cruise company Carnival has opened its second cruise terminal at the Port of Barcelona in Spain.

Situated at the port’s Adossat wharf, the Helix cruise centre facility along with Carnival’s existing terminal at the port represents an investment of more than €46m.

The 12,500m² terminal was designed by Catalan architecture firm Batlle i Roig Arquitectura.

The Helix terminal is capable of accommodating Carnival’s class of next-generation ‘green’ cruise ships that will be fully powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG).

Deployment of the LNG-fuelled ships at the Port of Barcelona is expected to support the port’s proposed Air Quality Improvement Plan to effectively reduce emissions.

Construction of Helix cruise centre has helped secure local employment for up to 150 people.

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“Construction of Helix cruise centre has helped secure local employment for up to 150 people.”

Carnival global ports and destination development senior vice-president Giora Israel said: “As the world’s largest cruise company with more than 100 ships that sail to over 700 destinations across the globe, our goal is to provide our guests with extraordinary vacations, and we are confident that our new terminal will help us enhance the overall experience for our guests.

“The terminal stands as a tribute to the remarkable appeal of Barcelona and the entire country as one of the world’s most beautiful, vibrant and compelling destinations.”

The Port of Barcelona is also set to open its first parking facility to provide around 300 parking spaces to the guests embarking on cruises.

Eight brands from Carnival currently visit Barcelona throughout the year, including AIDA Cruises, Carnival Cruise Line, Costa Cruises, Cunard, Holland America Line, Princess Cruises, Seabourn, and P&O Cruises (UK).

The company also plans to accommodate over one million passenger movements at the port this year, with 289 calls by 38 different ships.