The 12,500-square-metre terminal will cost €30 million and was designed by Battle I Roig (Image: Carnival Corporation)
Carnival Corporation has released renders of its second private cruise terminal and a 300-car public parking facility, which will open at the Port of Barcelona in Spain in 2018.
Designed by Catalan architecture firm Battle I Roig, the 12,500-square-metre terminal will cost €30 million and the plans show a minimalist modern building with straight lines. It will also be the largest in Europe.
Located on the port’s Adossat wharf, the new terminal will be used by eight of Carnival Corporation’s 10 global cruise line brands as both a port of call and a homeport. The facility will be able to accommodate the seven fully LNG-powered cruise ships on order for four of the brands. Carnival Corporation expects to host more than one million passengers annually in Barcelona via its two terminals.
Construction began in July 2016 and the project has secured employment for up to 150 people. It involves local contractors Vopi 4., Elecnor, Project Facilities Management SL and their subcontractors, as well as gangway manufacturer ADELTE, Battle I Roig, Static Engineering and PGI Engineering.
“Our goal is to make travel for our guests as convenient, pleasant and easy as possible, and this new terminal is designed to meet and exceed guest expectations,” said Giora Israel, senior vice president of global port and destination development for Carnival Corporation. “The local architecture firm has done great work in designing a beautiful facility that will make Europe’s largest cruise port even better.”
Carnival Corporation’s planned deployment of LNG-fuelled ships to Barcelona supports the port authority’s Air Quality Improvement Plan, which was proposed in November 2016 and aims to effectively reduce emissions.
‘’This terminal marks the culmination of years of partnership,” said Sixte Cambra, president of the Port of Barcelona Port Authority. “Since the beginning of our relationship, Carnival Corporation has shown strong success in our port and city, and 10 years after the opening of the first terminal, this has materialised in a new facility for their cruise brands. Carnival Corporation has been a loyal partner to the Port of Barcelona, bringing passengers of different nationalities and generating a strong financial impact to our local economy.”
Carnival Corporation operates five additional global ports, including Amber Cove in the Dominican Republic; Puerta Maya in Cozumel, Mexico; Grand Turk Cruise Center 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.