Car­ni­val launches in China

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CAR­NI­VAL Cor­po­ra­tion’s cruise joint ven­ture with China State Ship­build­ing Cor­po­ra­tion (CSSC) launched this week un­der the name CSSC Car­ni­val Cruise Ship­ping Limited.

The tie-up with the new Chin­abased cruise com­pany will be­gin sail­ing by the end of 2019 with two ex­ist­ing ships from Car­ni­val Cor­po­ra­tion’s Costa Group (TD 23 Feb 2017).

The 2,210-pas­sen­ger Costa At­lantica is sched­uled to be trans­ferred by the end of 2019, and will be joined later by its sis­ter ship, the 2,114-pas­sen­ger Costa Mediter­ranea, with trans­fer date yet to be an­nounced.

“The of­fi­cial launch of our cruise joint ven­ture in China is a sig­nif­i­cant mile­stone in the strate­gic de­vel­op­ment of a strong and sus­tain­able cruise in­dus­try in China,” said Car­ni­val Cor­po­ra­tion CEO Arnold Don­ald.

CSSC Car­ni­val Cruise Ship­ping Limited has also signed a con­tract to fi­nalise its or­der for two new cruise ships de­signed specif­i­cally for the Chi­nese trav­eller.

The two new­builds will be con­structed by Shang­hai Waigao­qiao Ship­build­ing, a Chi­nese-owned ship­yard in Shang­hai, with the first ship ex­pected to be de­liv­ered in 2023.

The agree­ment also gives CSSC Car­ni­val Cruise Ship­ping Limited the op­tion to or­der four more China-built cruise ships.

“The new cruise joint ven­ture com­ple­ments our ex­ist­ing pres­ence in the mar­ket and strength­ens our com­mit­ment to help China build a holis­tic ecosys­tem and be­come a lead­ing global cruise mar­ket,” said Costa Group and Car­ni­val Asia group CEO Michael Thamm.

Costa Group will also in­tro­duce two ves­sels specif­i­cally de­signed for the Chi­nese mar­ket – Costa Venezia 2019 & an­other in 2020.

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