Roma Cruise Terminal has announced that it has signed an agreement with the consortium Itinera/Zambonini for the construction of the cruise passenger terminal in the port of Civitavecchia.

Work on the terminal is now scheduled to start in November and thenew 10,000-square-meter building is expected to be completed in 2018.

The ground floor will feature passenger and luggage screening areas as well as the luggage hall. The first floor includes a 60 check-in counter facility, a VIP area with separate check-in counters, a bar and restaurant and ample seating space. Offices for terminal users are located both on the ground floor and the first floor.

Two passenger bridges and a 200 metre passenger walkway will facilitate the embarkation and disembarkation of passengers. The bridge will also serve to separate passengers from the vehicle flow on the quays.

John Portelli, general manager, Roma Cruise Terminal, said: “We are looking forward to the start of the construction of the new terminal. The new terminal will further consolidate the primary role of Civitavecchia, the port of Rome at the forefront of the cruise industry."

The terminal, designed by Studio Vicini of Genoa, is designed to maximise the transit and turnaround experience in Civitavecchia. With this in mind, during the design phase, cruise lines were asked to submit their suggestions. These suggestions were subsequently incorporated in the final design of the terminal.

At a cost of €20 million, Roma Cruise Terminal’s new passenger terminal will be one of the largest cruise terminals to be built in Europe.