Royal Caribbean Group will construct and operate a new cruise terminal in Ravenna, Italy, on the north Adriatic coast.
The Ravenna Port Authority awarded the tender for the construction of the terminal and the concession of its operations to RCL Cruises Ltd., a subsidiary of Royal Caribbean Group, in a public-private partnership to develop the Port of Ravenna.
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Royal Caribbean said that upon completion in spring 2024, the terminal will provide an economic boon to the region by positioning Ravenna as a world-class homeport for cruise ships, not only as a port of call. When fully operational, the total number of guests is expected to increase to over 300,000 per year, most that will begin and end their cruises in Ravenna, which Royal said has convenient access to the airports of Bologna, Forli, Rimini and Venice.
“The fact that an international cruise operator of such worldwide importance as Royal Caribbean Group has decided to invest in our port is an important signal for the entire Ravenna area,” Ravenna Port Authority president Daniele Rossi said at a press conference in Ravenna.
Royal said that the port authority is committed to “the major revitalization of its cruise facilities, which include a spectacular transformation of the waterfront of Porto Corsini with a new terminal that will be seamlessly integrated into the natural environment of the quaint seaside town.”
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The development will complement the port authority’s new Park of Dunes greenspace project, Royal said, and showcase integrated landscaping with public green spaces, pedestrian and cycling pathways, and entertainment areas for residents and visitors.
The project plans for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification and will focus on water and energy efficiency, renewable energy production, recycling and waste management, and sustainable sourcing of materials. Shore power will be available to enable ships in port to turn off their engines.
Royal said that the terminal will be the centerpiece for local gatherings and events. Artwork depicting the sea and and nature of the region will be highlighted throughout the two-story terminal, which will feature a crew center, tourist information desk and spaces for local street food.
The terminal building will be connected to ships via an elevated walkway running along the length of the pier. Guests will enjoy views of the sea and beaches of Ravenna from mobile boarding bridges.
On days without ships at berth, the terminal and its walkway over the sea will be accessible to both public and private events.
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