Carnival Corporation has signed a deal to build and operate its second private cruise terminal in Barcelona.
The €30 million (more than AU$45 million) deal for one of the busiest cruise ports in the world is set to be realised in 2016, when construction will begin.
Once completed in 2018, it will be one of the largest cruise terminals in Europe, covering a total of 11,500 square metres and the capacity to hold 4500 passengers.
Added Giora Israel, senior vice president of global port and destination development for Carnival Corporation: “In the past several years, Barcelona has seen a consistent surge in growth as a very popular destination for our cruise guests. 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.”
Spain’s cosmopolitan capital is already a regular destination for seven of the company’s 10 cruise brands, including Cunard, Costa Cruises and Holland America Line. Carnival Corporation will also be collaborating with Barcelona Port Authority to build the first public carpark, with more than 300 parking spaces, on the pier.
“As an all-new, next-generation cruise facility, the terminal will be designed to enhance the overall cruise experience for Carnival Corporation’s guests,” said Michel Nestour, managing director of Carnival Corporation terminal operations in Barcelona. “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.”
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