Carnival Corporation announced today it will be adding two ships to its China fleet in 2016.
This will mean that one of the world’s biggest cruise companies will have a total of six ships in the Asia region. While the ships will be homeported in China, they will also be heading to destinations in ASEAN.
It will add one ship to Costa Cruises and another to Princess Cruises to meet the growing demand of the cruise market in China.
Together, the Costa and Princess brands will potentially offer about four million passengers, cruise days in China, giving guests more choice and flexibility in both the contemporary and luxury segments.
Included in this deployment, Princess Cruises will send its Golden Princess ship to northern China in 2016, sailing out of Tianjin on a seasonal basis.
She will join her sister, Sapphire Princess which has been homeported in Shanghai since 2014.
This will mean the line is in a stronger position to serve the luxury cruise segment in Asia and the new ship will be built specifically for the Chinese market.
Costa Cruises announced it will debut Costa Fortuna in April 2016 as its fourth ship based in China.
She will join her sister ships Costa Serena, Costa Atlantica and Costa Victoria which are already based in China.
Chief Operations Officer Carnival Corporation Alan Buckelew said the Costa and Princess brands were performing extremely well in China and the new ship deployments would enable Carnival Corporation to carry nearly one million passengers in 2016 as it continued to execute the plan to meet surging consumer demand for cruising in China.
“As momentum accelerates in the market, we have a significant opportunity to increase cruising demand amongst China’s growing middle class and a new generation of Chinese travellers who are hungry for new vacation experiences,” Mr Buckelew said.
“Our focus is on exceeding guest expectations on every ship and really tailoring our product for Chinese tastes, which helps create new advocates and spread the joy of cruising in China. Through our brands, our expanding operations and our potential joint ventures in China, we’re excited to play a lead role in helping China becoming one of the world’s leading cruise markets.”