Carnival Corporation has broken ground on construction of a new terminal in the city of Sasebo, Japan. The facility is expected to open in Summer 2020.
The project is part of a 20-year collaboration agreement between Carnival, the city of Sasebo and Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT), which grants Carnival berthing preference.
The terminal is designed to be efficient and contemporary, with room for Carnival’s existing and newest ships.
“As the cruise industry’s first terminal in Japan, this ground-breaking is a historic day for all of us at Carnival Corporation and for our partners in this exciting project,” said Michael Thamm, group CEO, Costa Group and Carnival Asia. “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.”
Japan’s ports have witnessed growth over the past few years, as cruising continues to increase in popularity in Asia. The country is a destination for seven of Carnival Corporation’s cruise line brands: AIDA Cruises, Costa Cruises, Cunard, Holland America Line, P&O Cruises (UK), Princess Cruises and Seabourn.
Carnival Corporation projects 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 more than 50 ports in Japan. The company will continue to work with Japan’s government and MLIT to identify potential additional port development opportunities and future investments in the country.
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