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Carnival unveils artistic renderings of new cruise terminal

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Carnival Corp. & plc has released artistic renderings of its second cruise terminal at the Port of Barcelona, which will be Europe’s newest passenger cruise terminal when it opens in 2018.

The terminal – designed by Catalan architecture firm Battle I Roig – will be able to accommodate the company’s next-generation green cruise ships, which will operate entirely on LNG.

As part of the agreement signed in July 2015, Carnival will build and operate the new 12 500 m2 terminal. It will invest over €30 million in the terminal, which, paired with its existing terminal at the port, represents its largest combined terminal investment in Europe.

Giora Israel, senior vice president of global port and destination development for Carnival Corp., said: “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.

"The local architecture firm has done great work in designing a beautiful facility that will make Europe's largest cruise port even better."

Sixte Cambra, president of the Port of Barcelona Port Authority, added: “This terminal marks the culmination of years of partnership.

"Since the beginning of our relationship, Carnival Corp. has shown strong success in our port and city, and 10 years after the opening of the first terminal, this has materialised in a new facility for their cruise brands. Carnival Corp. has been a loyal partner to the Port of Barcelona, bringing passengers of different nationalities and generating a strong financial impact to our local economy."

Construction on the project commenced in July 2016. When finished, it will improve the embarkation and disembarkation process for cruise guests visiting Catalonia and its surrounding areas on one of Carnival’s vessels.

The new terminal will be located on the port’s Adossat wharf, and will increase the company’s passenger capacity at the port. The port is used by eight of the company’s 10 global cruise line brands as both a destination and a home port. Once the second cruise terminal opens in 2018, Carnival is expecting to accommodate over 1 million passengers at the Port of Barcelona.

Commencing April 2018, the terminal facilities will host the inaugural sailings of Carnival Horizon – Carnival Cruise Line’s newest vessel – and AIDAperla – AIDA Cruises’ latest vessel. The latter is one of the first cruise ships in the world 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-fuelled vessels to the port supports the Air Quality Improvement Plan proposed by the Port of Barcelona in November 2016. The company has reached agreements to construct seven fully LNG-fuelled cruise ships across four of its 10 global cruise brands in coming years.

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