Royal Caribbean Group to build and operate new cruise terminal in Port Ravenna, Italy

   September 23, 2021 ,   Cruise Industry

Ravenna Port Authority has been awarded the tender for the building of a new cruise ship terminal and the concession of its cruise operations in Porto Corsini to the subsidiary of Royal Caribbean Group, RCL Cruises Ltd.

This concludes a proposal process that started in the summer of 2020, when RCL Cruises presented a public-private partnership option to develop Port Ravenna/Porto Corsini, Italy.

The Port Authority is committed to the revitalization of its cruise facilities which feature a transformation of the waterfront of Porto Corsini with a brand new terminal that will be integrated into the natural environment of the seaside town. The development will complement the new Park of Dunes green space project of the Port Authority.

Upon completion in 2024 spring, the project transformation will position Port Ravenna as a new homeport/departure port for roundtrip cruise itineraries and not just as a call port. When the terminal is fully operational, the total number of passengers is expected to increase to 300,000+ annually, most of whom will start/end their voyages in Ravenna.

The new terminal will showcase integrated landscaping, spanning 12 hectares, with pedestrian and cycling pathways, entertainment areas for residents and visitors, along with public green spaces.

The project takes an approach to sustainability with plans for LEED certification that is focused on water and energy efficiency, recycling and waste management, renewable energy production, sustainable sourcing of materials. Shore power will be available on the docks in order to enable vessels in port to turn off their engines.

The Port Authority has obtained EUR 30 million in funding from Italy’s National Recovery and Resilience Plan.

The 2-story terminal will have a tourist information desk, crew center, and spaces for local street food. The building will be connected to cruise ships via an elevated walkway running along the pier's length. 

Port of Ravenna (Porto Corsini, Italy)

  • Concession area: 22000 m2 (236800 ft2)
  • Quay area: 8800 m2 (94720 ft2)
  • Cruise Terminal: 5000-m2 (53820 ft2) footprint, 2 floors, 10000-m2 (107640 ft2) total interior area, berthing space for 2 ships simultaneously
  • Elevated Walkway: 250 m (820 ft) long, 6 m (20 ft) wide, 8 m (26 ft) high (at the walkway floor)
  • Mobile Boarding Bridges: 3
  • Duration of the concession: 33 years
  • Total investment value: EUR 27,716,737 (EUR 5,998,829 funded by Port Authority).