Barcelona, the busiest cruise port in Europe, is to get a new passenger terminal, with an investment of €30 million from Carnival Corporation. Construction work is expected to start in 2016 and the new facility is scheduled to open in time for the 2018 summer cruise season.
Barcelona currently has four cruise terminals – one operated exclusively for Carnival brand ships – on its main breakwater jetty. There are two more closer to the city centre, next to the World Trade Centre building.
The new building, which is likely to handle passengers travelling with Cunard, P&O Cruises and Princess, as well as Carnival’s other brands, will also have parking for 300 cars – a first for the pier.
Barcelona’s six existing terminals handled 764 cruise calls and more than 2.36 million passenger movements in 2014. The city’s tourist office calculates that cruise passengers bring more than €257 million of business year, including spending in shops, restaurants and bars, and on taxis and public transport.
Many visitors stay in the region’s hotels before or after their cruise.
“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.“
Carnival Corporation operates four additional global ports, including Puerta Maya in Cozumel, Mexico; Grand Turk Cruise Centre in Turks and Caicos Islands; Mahogany Bay in Roatan, Honduras; and Long Beach in California. Carnival Corporation also operates two private island destinations in the Caribbean, Princess Cays and Half Moon Cay.
Carnival will open Amber Cove in October 2015 in the Puerta Plata region of the Dominican Republic, which will be the company’s sixth global port operation. The company is also expanding operations at its Puerta Maya port in Cozumel, adding a third pier to be able to receive three ships simultaneously from next winter. In total, Carnival Corporation cruise ships visit over 725 ports of call around the world.