Carnival Alipay in Asia
CARNIVAL Corporation has entered into an agreement with Chinese mobile payment provider, Alipay, to offer payment services on board its cruise ship fleet in Asia.
Under the pact, Costa Cruises will give passengers the choice to use Alipay accounts for cabin folios, which will be cleared on a nightly basis using the accounts.
“Alipay is a leading payment service already used by hundreds of millions of Chinese consumers, so we see this as a natural fit for us in China and a great opportunity to make on board purchases even more convenient,” said Michael Thamm, group ceo, Costa Group and Carnival Asia.
The service will debut on Costa Serena this year before potentially expanding to additional ships in the fleet and Carnival Corp’s other brands which sail in China and Asia.