As part of an agreement signed in July 2015, Carnival Corporation will construct and operate the new 12,500-square-meter-terminal at Port of Barcelona. The company is investing more than 30 million euros in the terminal, which paired with its existing terminal at the port represents its largest combined terminal investment in Europe.
Designed by architecture firm Battle I Roig the plans for the upcoming cruise terminal reflect a modern architectural style and a minimalist concept that will create a contemporary and comfortable guest environment. The terminal is designed to accommodate Carnival Corporation's new class of 'next-generation' green cruise ships that will be fully operated by Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) - the world's cleanest burning fossil fuel.
Construction on the project officially began in July 2016, and once complete it will enhance the embarkation and disembarkation process for cruise guests visiting Catalonia and its surrounding areas one of Carnival's ships. The new terminal, on the port's Adossat wharf, will increase Carnival Corporation's passenger capacity at the port - which is use by eight of the company's 10 global cruise line brands as both a destination and homeport. Carnival Corporation is expecting to accommodate over one million passengers at the Port of Barcelona once its second cruise terminal is open in 2018.
Beginning April 2018, the terminal facilities will host inaugural sailings of Carnival Horizon, Carnival Cruise Line’s newest ship, which includes attractions such as SkyRide, IMAX Theatre and Water Works, as well as Aida Cruises’ newest ship AIDAperla with attractions such as the Beach Club under a UV-permeable dome and an above-water skywalk. AIDAperla is one of the world's first cruise ships with dual-fuel engines, which, depending on availability at the port, can also be operated with virtually zero-emission liquefied natural gas (LNG).