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Carnival Cruise Line in the US has signed an agreement with landlord Urban Commons and the City of Long Beach, California, to expand the Long Beach Cruise Terminal facility, enabling it to accommodate larger ships in the future.

With the latest agreement, the size of Carnival’s existing terminal facility will increase from around 66,000ft² to 142,000ft².

Carnival has been operating the Long Beach Cruise Terminal since 2003, using a partial area of the Geodesic Dome.

"We’re thrilled to finally be able to move forward with our plans to assume full usage of the Dome."

The agreement will give Carnival complete use of the Dome area, and allow for larger ships. It will also provide additional space at the facility, required to accommodate two-way operations.

Construction is slated for completion late next year.

Carnival Cruise Line president Christine Duffy said: “For years we have been working toward reaching an agreement to expand the Long Beach Cruise Terminal to accommodate larger ships on the West Coast, and we’re thrilled to finally be able to move forward with our plans to assume full usage of the Dome, making Long Beach one of our largest homeport facilities.

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“We would like to thank the City of Long Beach and Urban Commons for their efforts in facilitating this expansion that will ultimately enhance the guest experience and build upon our leadership position as the number one cruise operator from the West Coast.”

Under the terms of the agreement, the portside cold-ironing capacity will be increased to accommodate larger vessels.

This technology will allow cruise ships access to the local electric grid, and will cut exhaust emissions while docked.