The terminal is designed to accommodate Carnival’s new class of “next-generation” green cruise ships that will be fully operated by LNG.
As part of an agreement signed in July 2015, Carnival said it will construct and operate the new 12,500-square-meter terminal. The company is investing more than 30 million euros in the state-of-the-art terminal, which paired with its existing terminal at the port represents its largest combined terminal investment in Europe.
Designed by Catalan architectural firm Battle I Roig, the terminal will reflect today’s modern architectural style with straight lines and a minimalist concept that will create a contemporary and comfortable guest environment, according to a prepared statement.
“Our goal is to make travel for our guests as convenient, pleasant and easy as possible, and this new terminal is designed to meet and exceed guest expectations,” said Giora Israel, senior vice president of global port and destination development.
“This terminal marks the culmination of years of partnership,” said Sixte Cambra, president of the Port of Barcelona Port Authority. “Since the beginning of our relationship, Carnival Corporation has shown strong success in our port and city, and 10 years after the opening of the first terminal, this has materialized in a new facility for their cruise brands. Carnival has been a loyal partner, bringing passengers of different nationalities and generating a strong financial impact to our local economy.”
Construction on the project officially began in July 2016.
The new terminal, on the port’s Adossat wharf, will increase Carnival’s passenger capacity at the port, which is used by eight of the company’s 10 brands as both a destination and home port. Carnival said it is expecting to accommodate over one million passengers at the port once its second cruise terminal is open in 2018.
Eight of its brands – AIDA, Carnival Cruise Line, Costa, Cunard, Holland America, Princess, Seabourn and P&O Cruises (UK) – visit Barcelona throughout the year.
Beginning April 2018, the terminal facilities will host inaugural sailings of the new Carnival Horizon, as well as the AIDAperla. She is one of the world's first cruise ships to feature dual-fuel engines, which, depending on availability at the port, can also be operated with virtually zero-emission LNG.
Carnival’s deployment of LNG-fueled ships to the port supports the pioneering Air Quality Improvement Plan proposed by the Port of Barcelona in November 2016 to effectively reduce emissions from port activities. In total, Carnival has agreements in place to build seven fully LNG-powered cruise ships across four of its 10 global cruise brands in coming years.
The construction of a second cruise terminal will also secure employment for up to 150 people through local contractor companies Vopi 4 S.A., Elecnor S.A., Project Facilities Management SL and their subcontractors as well as gangway manufacturer Adelte S.A. and the existing team of local architect and engineering firms Battle I Roig, Static Engineering and PGI Engineering.
More than half of cruise passengers visiting the Port of Barcelona begin and end their journey there, which is a major economic benefit for Catalonia and the city. According to a study from the University of Barcelona, passengers who begin or end their cruise vacation in Barcelona on average spend 2.6 days in the city before or after their trip and spend around 202 euros per day.
According to Carnival, a 2016 study showed that cruise activity at the Port of Barcelona generates an annual turnover of 875 million euros in Barcelona, contributing 457 million euros to the GDP of Barcelona. The study also showed that cruise activity at the port generates 7,518 jobs and has other positive effects on the local economy such as the increase of activity at Aeroport del Prat. The company’s positive economic impact will increase when the new terminal is launched in 2018.
Carnival Corporation operates five additional ports, including Amber Cove in the Dominican Republic; Puerta Maya in Cozumel; Grand Turk Cruise Center in Turks and Caicos Islands; Mahogany Bay in Roatan; and Long Beach. The company also operates two private island destinations in the Caribbean, Princess Cays and Half Moon Cay. In total, Carnival ships visit over 725 ports of call around the world.