Carnival Corp. this week announced a new agreement that will allow the cruise giant take over the Santa Cruz de Tenerife cruise port in the Canary Islands.
The terminal, which opened in 2016, saw more than 600,000 cruise passengers from seven different Carnival brands — AIDA, Costa, Cunard, Holland America, Princess, Seabourn, and P&O — pass through the port in 2017, making it one of the busiest Mediterranean cruise ports. It is known for shore excursions like whale watching, and visits to Loro Park and Mt. Teide.
The terminal will be the first Canary Island port to be able to accommodate liquefied natural gas (LNG) cruise ships. Carnival Corp. currently has 11 LNG ships on order for five of its brands, including the first one, AIDAnova, which is scheduled to make its maiden call at Tenerife later this month.
"This concession and our ongoing investment is part of Carnival Corporation's long-term strategy to continue to develop the cruise industry in the Canary Islands," said Giora Israel, senior vice president of global port and destination development for Carnival Corporation.
"Our passion is to always provide the best possible experiences for our guests, and Tenerife is an extremely popular destination that offers something for everyone – including a storied history, beautiful beaches, exotic gardens, unique crafts and memorable cuisine."
The port will be the eighth global port and terminal that Carnival has already taken over, joining Barcelona, Savona, Amber Cove, Long Beach, and more.