Carnival Corporation has announced they’ve signed an agreement to order two new ships purpose-built in China for the Chinese market.
The company’s cruise joint venture in China will be built by a newly formed China-based shipbuilding venture between China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC) and Italy-based Fincantieri – the largest cruise shipbuilding company in the world. The agreement also gives Carnival Corporation the option to order two additional China-built cruise ships.
The new ships will be operated as part of the company’s plans to launch the first multi-ship domestic cruise brand in China. The vessels will be based on Carnival Vista, but will be tailored for the Chinese market of travelers. The first is expected to launch in 2022.
Carnival Corp’s joint venture with CSSC and China Investment Capital Corporation is expected to launch their new Chinese brand using ships from Carnival Corporation’s existing fleet and homeported in China. The venture would then add new China-build ships beginning in 2022 to accelerate growth in the Asian market, which is expected to be the largest in the world.
Both ships will reportedly be 133,000 gross tons, and carry 5,000 passengers.