Royal Caribbean to Build New Cruise Terminal in Barcelona

Feb 01, 2024

 Royal Caribbean Group has emerged as the sole bidder for the future Terminal G at the Port of Barcelona, marking it the only contestant in the bidding process. The cruise giant has seized the opportunity to undertake the construction and operation of the terminal spanning 54,000 square meters with a 450-meter-long quay capable of accommodating the world’s largest cruise ships, such as the recently inaugurated Icon of the Seas.

Initially, three companies, Norwegian Cruise Line, Viking Ocean Cruises, and Virgin Voyages, challenged the bidding process, alleging favoritism towards Royal Caribbean. However, once the process was resumed again, there were no more applicants than Royal Caribbean, and if there are no last-minute setbacks, the company will carry out the construction and operation. Looking ahead, the timeline for Terminal G inauguration is set for 2026, aligning with the company's ambitious expansion plans in the region. 

One of the conditions of the tender was that the company that participated in the bidding could not have majority interests in a terminal. Until recently, Royal Caribbean owned 38% of the shares of Barcelona Port Investment, the concessionaire that manages, through Creuers del Port de Barcelona, the cruise terminals A, B and C of the Adossat dock and the two terminals at the World Trade Center. Although the majority percentage was held by the Turkish company Global Ports Holding – now owner of 100% of the shares – Royal Caribbean decided to sell its share.