The Carnival Splendor, the latest and largest addition to the Carnival Cruise Line fleet now has a homeport at the Long Beach Cruise Terminal (LBCT). The Terminal building is a domed structure originally constructed to house and display the Spruce Goose seaplane built by Howard Hughes.
Carnival’s portion of the facility’s existing Dome footprint is approximately 40% or around 54,000 sq.ft. on the ground level. The Splendor’s size and ability to accommodate 3,000 passengers is an increase in passengers (1,000), luggage and operational requirements to necessitate modification to the existing Long Beach Cruise Terminal facility.
The Client’s goal was to enhance the passenger experience and to provide the highest economic return while respecting the existing architectural expression of the Dome.
The design considered the marine environment including prevailing winds, sun angles and sea air. Minimizing maintenance by using durable and long lasting materials and finishes was a key consideration. These were all fulfilled while remaining fully operational during construction.
The series of canopies designed for the Exterior Plaza respond to the goals described above and experientially provides for a lively, comfortable space with seating, landscaping, protection from the elements, and an enhanced view of the water and ships.