Carnival Corporation to operate Santa Cruz de Tenerife cruise port from December 2018. (Image: Carnival Corporation)
Carnival Corporation, which owns nine cruise brands, will operate the Santa Cruz de Tenerife cruise port in the Canary Islands from 17 December 2018.
Carnival Corporation expects to have brought more than 300,000 passengers to the port by the end 2018 via seven of its brands: AIDA Cruises, Costa Cruises, Cunard, Holland America Line, Princess Cruises, Seabourn and P&O Cruises UK.
The Santa Cruz de Tenerife terminal will be the first port in the Canary Islands to accommodate Carnival’s new ‘green’ cruise ships, which will run on LNG in port and at sea, when it welcomes AIDA Cruises’ AIDAnova on its maiden voyage in December.
Guests of Carnival can take part in many activities in Tenerife, including whale and dolphin watching, visiting the historic district of La Laguna and exploring natural attractions such as the Gardens of La Orotava Valley.
“This concession and our ongoing investment are part of Carnival Corporation’s long-term strategy to continue to develop the cruise industry in the Canary Islands,” said Giora Israel, senior vice president of Global Port and Destination Development for Carnival Corporation. “We look forward to ensuring that our cruise guests coming through the Port of Santa Cruz de Tenerife have a great experience, and we also look forward to expanding relationships with our friends in Tenerife.”
The Port Authority of Santa Cruz de Tenerife aims to extend the benefits of this agreement to its other ports – Santa Cruz de La Palma, San Sebastián de La Gomera, La Estaca in El Hierro and Los Cristianos in Tenerife.
“Carnival Corporation has long been a valued partner with the Port of Santa Cruz de Tenerife and the Canary Islands, and we are confident that they will be a wonderful steward of our recently built cruise port,” said Pedro Suárez López de Vergara, president of the Port Authority of Santa Cruz de Tenerife. “Our ports are performing very well in the cruise business – last year we received nearly one million cruise passengers and we are confident to increase this figure close to 2% in 2018. We expect the new partnership will boost the cruise business in the region.”
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