Carnival launches in China
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.