Carnival’s new cruise terminal in Japan breaks ground as construction now officially begins. The terminal will be completed in 2020.
New Carnival Terminal Breaks Ground
The Carnival Corporation has broken ground with its new cruise terminal at the Japanse port of Sasebo located on Kyushu Island and near Nagasaki. With the development breaking ground it now means official construction will begin on the facility and a ceremony was held to mark the major milestone.
The terminal has been designed by Berenblum Nusch Architects for the Japanese cruise industry due to the country’s cruise expansion and growth. It is a contemporary design inspired by the local Sasebo culture and it mixes in with the local natural environment.
Michael Thamm, Group CEO, Costa Group and Carnival Asia, said:
“As the cruise industry’s first terminal in Japan, this groundbreaking is a historic day for all of us at Carnival Corporation and for our partners in this exciting project,”
“This new terminal will complement our strong presence in the Asia-Pacific region and furthers our commitment to help facilitate the rising demand for cruise vacations in the region, enabling even more people from around the world to discover why Japan is such an extraordinary destination, one that many of our guests have long enjoyed. And as our company’s first cruise terminal investment in Japan, we are excited to mark the start of our long-term relationship. We are actively working on future investment opportunities to help further support growth and expand the Japanese cruise industry for years to come.”
As part of an agreement signed in March 2018 between Carnival, the city of Sasebo and MLIT Japan the cruise company will construct and operate the 50,000 square foot facility. It is expected to open in Summer 2020 and be able to cater to the largest and newest cruise ships with Carnival owned cruise brands given priority with the 20-year agreement.
Japan is a popular destination for seven of Carnival Corporation’s cruise line brands, including AIDA Cruises, Costa Cruises, Cunard, Holland America Line, P&O Cruises (UK), Princess Cruises and Seabourn.
Overall, Carnival Corporation is expecting to accommodate an estimated 2 million passenger movements in the market in 2019, with nearly 800 calls from 15 ships from the company’s cruise line brands to over 50 ports in Japan.