Carnival Cruise Line has re-opened its newly designed terminal in Long Beach, US, as part of an effort to expand its operations on the West Coast.
The upgraded, 146,000ft² terminal will enable Carnival to handle larger ships, as well as improve terminal operations and overall passenger experience.
Its portside shore power facilities have been expanded as part of the refurbishment to enable larger ships to plug into the local electric grid, which will reduce the amount of exhaust emissions from the vessels during docking.
The modernisation has more than doubled the size of the existing terminal and allowed Carnival to fully utilise the free-span geodesic dome, which was originally constructed to house US business magnate Howard Hughes’ Spruce Goose plane, among others.
Carnival Cruise Line strategic and commercial port development vice-president Carlos Torres de Navarra said: “This project is many years in the making and Carnival’s Long Beach Cruise Terminal is one of the most visually striking and efficient facilities of its kind, providing a seamless embarkation for our guests, while making a tremendous economic impact on the Southern California region.”
In addition, Carnival is scheduled to deploy its new ship, Carnival Panorama, to the Long Beach site next year.
The Vista-class ship will be able to carry 3,960 passengers.
Carnival Panorama will feature a variety of venues and offer both indoor and al fresco experiences, including the Fahrenheit 555 steakhouse, Library Bar, and Bonsai Sushi.
The ship will also provide open-air attractions such as bike-ride-in-the-sky, a WaterWorks aqua park and SportSquare recreation area.
Carnival has also recently unveiled a multi-million-dollar port development project in Ensenada, Mexico, as part of a separate initiative.