Carnival Corporation announced it had signed an agreement with Port Authority of Barcelona concerning more than EUR 30 million investment to build and operate its 2nd private cruise terminal at Barcelona port, used by 7 of the company's 10 brands as both a home port and destination.
As part of the agreement, Barcelona Port Authority granted Carnival Corp. administrative concessions to operate the terminal and new parking facility at the largest port in Europe and world's 4th busiest port. With the agreement, Carnival has been granted approval to start the final design process and begin construction of the terminal in 2016. The new facility is scheduled to open in Port's Adossat wharf as early as 2018 and will be one of the largest in Europe at 11,500 sq. meters.
Carnival Corporation will also collaborate with the Port to create the first public parking facility on the cruise pier, providing passengers embarking on cruises access to more than 300 parking spaces.
Across its 6 existing terminals in 2014, Port of Barcelona welcomed 764 cruise calls and more than 2.36 million traveler movements. According to studies by the Tourist Office of Barcelona in 2013, cruise passengers had an economic impact of EUR 257 million in the city based on spending on transport, trade and restaurants in the city. A large percentage of cruisers are experienced vacationers who travel as couples, single-unit, multi-generational or extended families and friends, and enjoy exploring such cities on their own or on organized excursions.
In 2018, when the new Carnival terminal is launched, it will represent an expansion of company's presence in the port. Carnival Corporation operates 4 additional global cruise ports, including Grand Turk Cruise Center (Turks and Caicos Islands), Mahogany Bay (Roatan, Honduras), Puerta Maya (Cozumel, Mexico) and Long Beach (California). Carnival Corp. also operates 2 private island destinations in the Caribbean, Half Moon Cay and Princess Cays.
In October 2015 Carnival will open Amber Cove in Puerta Plata region of the Dominican Republic. This will be the company's 6th global port operation. Starting with upcoming winter cruise season, Carnival Corporation is also expanding operations at Cozumel's Puerta Maya port, adding a 3rd pier to be able to receive 3 ships simultaneously. In total, Carnival ships visit more than 725 call ports around the world.