On Tuesday, December 4, Carnival reached an agreement with the Port Authority of Santa Cruz de Tenerife following a Board of Directors meeting presided by Pedro Suárez López de Vergara to be the first concession-holder to operate the Canary Islands' and Mid Atlantic's newest cruise terminal.
In 2016, the terminal opened during the Seatrade Cruise Med conference which took place in Tenerife. The terminal offers passengers a comfortable experience and modern conveniences.
Furthermore, the terminal is designed to accommodate next-generation "green" cruise ships powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG). The terminal will welcome AIDAnova, from the corporation's Germany-based AIDA Cruises brand, on its maiden voyage in December as the world's first cruise ship that can be powered by LNG both in port and at sea.
Santa Cruz de Tenerife is one of the busiest cruise ports in the Canary Islands, the seven-island Spanish archipelago off the coast of Africa and Spain, and the first to attract an investment by a major cruise company.
The Port Authority of Santa Cruz de Tenerife is a Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) member. Moreover, it is a very active member of MedCruise and it has been one of the founding members of Cruises Atlantic Islands since 1994.
The Port Authority of Santa Cruz de Tenerife 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 Los Cristianos in Tenerife.
Our ports are performing very well in the cruise business, last year we received nearly 1 million cruise passengers and we are confident to increase this figure close to 2 percent in 2018. We expect the new partnership will boost the cruise business in the region.
Pedro Suárez López de Vergara, president of the Port Authority of Santa Cruz de Tenerife said.