Car­ni­val Ali­pay in Asia

Cruise Weekly - - NEWS -

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.

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