MSC Cruises adds electric buses for shore excursions in Barcelona
MSC Cruises has chosen Barcelona as its main port this summer for shore excursions which will be operated by electric buses as part of the line’s sustainability policy, the company said, adding that it is committed to achieving net zero carbon operations by 2050.
Daily excursions for customers in the Spanish port consist of between 20 and 25 trips and the use of electric buses will save nearly 10,500 kilograms of CO2 emissions annually compared to gasoline-powered vehicles, according to a press release.
Electric buses are also much quieter and reduce the potential noise impact on local communities.
MSC Cruises estimates that the new electric buses will carry up to 2,000 passengers each week during the summer from Barcelona and is working with local tour operators to increase this figure to 4,000 customers with the introduction of more environmentally friendly buses. environment to join its sustainable ground transportation fleet.
Buses will be available this summer for cruise passengers calling at Barcelona aboard MSC Armonia, MSC Bellissima, MSC Divina, MSC Fantasia, MSC Grandiosa, MSC Lirica, MSC Magnifica, MSC Meraviglia, MSC Opera, MSC Orchestra, MSC Poesia, MSC Seaview and MSC Virtuosa.
MSC Cruises’ new 11,670 square meter cruise terminal in Barcelona is set to open in 2024 and sustainability credentials will be incorporated into the building. The new cruise terminal is on track to be Gold Rated under Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design – LEED – a widely used global green building rating system.