Carnival Corporation takes control of Santa Cruz Port

THE Carnival Corporation company will be the first concession-holder to operate Tenerife’s Santa Cruz Port, the Canary Islands’ and Mid Atlantic’s newest cruise terminal.

An agreement with Santa Cruz Port Authority was made on Tuesday, and the terminal, which can accommodate “green” ships powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG), will welcome AIDAnova, from the corporation’s Germany-based AIDA Cruises brand, on its maiden voyage in December.

Santa Cruz Port, which received 617,987 cruise passengers last year, is one of the busiest cruise ports in the Canaries. Carnival Corporation also manages two other Spanish cruise terminals, Barcelona’s Helix and Palacruceros facilities.

No fewer than seven Carnival Corporation brands make port calls to Tenerife during the year: AIDA Cruises, Costa Cruises, Cunard, Holland America Line, Princess Cruises, Seabourn and P&O Cruises UK.

And the company expects to bring more than 300,000 passengers to the island’s main port in 2019. That amounts to half of all cruise-passenger visits, with 130 calls by 31 different ships from the company’s cruise-line brands.

“Carnival Corporation has long been a valued partner with the Port of Santa Cruz de Tenerife and the Canary Islands, and we are confident they will be a wonderful steward of our recently-built cruise port,” said Pedro Suárez López de Vergara, President of the Santa Cruz Port Authority.

“Thanks, largely, to Carnival Corporationships, the cruise market generated 24 million euros through the Port, and Santa Cruz City itself, in the 2018 cruise season.

“That was a six-million-euro increase on last season, and we look forward to continuing sharing our beautiful island with visiting cruise passengers.”

He added: “The Santa Cruz Port Authority celebrates this long-term agreement, with the aim of extending the benefits to its other ports: Santa Cruz de La Palma, San Sebastián de La Gomera, La Estaca in El Hierro and Tenerife’s Los Cristianos.”

Giora Israel, Senior Vice-President of global port and destination development for Carnival Corporation, said: “This concession, and our ongoing investment, is part of our long-term strategy to continue to develop the cruise industry in the Canary Islands.

“Our passion is to always provide the best possible experiences for our guests, and Tenerife is an extremely popular destination, offering something for everyone, including a storied history, beautiful beaches, exotic gardens, unique crafts and memorable cuisine.”

He added: “We look forward to ensuring that our cruise guests coming through the Santa Cruz Port have a great experience, and we also look forward to expanding relationships with our friends in Tenerife.”


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