Global travel and leisure company Carnival Corporation has agreed to invest more than €30 million to build and operate its second private cruise terminal at Port of Barcelona in Spain.
Claimed to be Europe’s largest and the fourth busiest port in the world, the Port of Barcelona is used by seven of Carnival’s ten cruise line brands as both a destination and home port.
An agreement has been signed by the company with the Port Authority of Barcelona, which has granted Carnival administrative concessions to operate the cruise terminal and a new parking facility at the port.
The new 11,500m² Barcelona cruise terminal is scheduled to open as early as 2018 in the Port’s Adossat wharf to accommodate the company’s new class of cruise ships in 2018 and 2019.
Carnival will now begin the final design process and start construction of the new terminal in 2016. The parking facility located on the cruise pier will provide guests embarking on cruises with access to more than 300 parking spaces.
Carnival Corporation terminal operations in Barcelona managing director Michel Nestour said: "As an all-new, next generation cruise facility, the terminal will be designed to enhance the overall cruise experience for Carnival Corporation’s guests.
"This will include making it easy and convenient for guests, whether they are arriving at the terminal to begin a cruise vacation, disembarking following the completion of a cruise or visiting Barcelona as one of the ports of call on a cruise. In all cases, our goal is to exceed guest expectations through every stage of the cruise experience, and this new terminal will be built to meet that goal."
In 2014, the Port of Barcelona had 764 cruise calls and over 2.36 million passenger movements across its six existing terminals.
In total, Carnival cruise ships visit more than 725 ports of call around the world.
Image: An aerial panoramic view from the Columbus Monument across Port Vell in Barcelona, Spain. Photo: courtesy of DAVID ILIFF. License: CC-BY-SA 3.0.