A new home in the Mediterranean for cruise ships

The completion of the Balears Pier at the Port of Tarragona provides a new option for cruise lines looking to explore Catalonia and the wider Mediterranean

A new home in the Mediterranean for cruise ships
Offering 700 linear metres of berthing, the new Balears Pier can accommodate two ships at one time

Cruise ships and large vessels now have a new place to berth in Tarragona, Spain, following the completion of the new Balears Pier in the Port of Tarragona, which was inaugurated at the end of October 2021 when it welcomed its first cruise ship. Offering 700 linear metres of berthing and a total surface area of 40,000 square metres, the new pier can accommodate two ships at one time. This additional capacity represents an important step forward for both the quantity and quality of cruise traffic to the Spanish port.  

The cruise terminal will be a new reception point for passengers arriving in the city, as the port aims to turn it into an innovative landmark both for the port and Tarragona itself. The optimisation of passenger and vehicle mobility, respect for the environment and provision of a high-quality service are priorities in the project, with the pier designed to deliver shore power to ships when they are able to make use of it. These adaptations are all actions included in Tarragona’s Agenda 2030 Sustainability Plan, which is required to be an integral part of all work at the port.  

The Port of Tarragona has also approved a tender for the construction and operation of a new cruise terminal. According to the tender agreement, the successful operator would be responsible for building a facility spanning at least 5,900 square metres with a 12-year operating period beginning in March 2022. The bidding period will be open until 23rd December 2021. 

This article was first published in the 2022 issue of Cruise & Ferry Itinerary Planning. All information was correct at the time of printing, but may since have changed.  

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Alex Smith
By Alex Smith
24 December 2021

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