Construction has officially begun at Shanghai Waigaoqiao Shipbuilding Co. in Shanghai, China, for the second major cruise ship to be built entirely in China. The ship is based on the successful Vista Class ships and will be fully tailored to the emerging Chinese cruise market.
The ship is being built under the ownership of CSBC Carnival Cruises, a joint venture established in China in 2018 by China Shipbuilding Group, the world’s largest shipbuilder, and Carnival Corporation, the world’s largest cruise line.
Construction of a second Vista-class vessel for the Chinese market is underway
CSBC Carnival Cruises, a joint venture between China Shipbuilding Group and Carnival Corporation, the world’s largest cruise line, has officially launched construction of the second major cruise ship to be built entirely in China.
The ship is being built at the Shanghai Waigaoqiao Shipbuilding Co., with the company behind the original Vista-class ships, Fincantieri, acting as advisers.
Chen Ranfeng, CEO of CSBC Carnival Cruises, said: “The official launch of the second major domestic cruise ship is another milestone in China’s ambitious journey in building major cruise ships and a sign of CSBC Carnival Cruises’ confidence in the Chinese cruise market. CSBC Carnival Cruises and Carnival Group will continue to work closely with Waigaoqiao Shipyard, Italy’s Fincantini Group and various partners to ensure the success of the national mega cruise ship project.
At 142,000 gross tons, with an overall length of 341 meters, the second China-built cruise ship will be slightly larger than its 135,000 gross ton sister ship and Vista-class cruise ships operating for Carnival Cruise Line and Costa. Cruises in Europe and the United States. States.
The 5,232-passenger cruise ship is the second ship to be built by the joint partnership. Late last year, CSBC Carnival Cruises celebrated the launching ceremony of the first shipwhich is currently being fitted out and is expected to enter service in 2023. The second vessel will enter service in 2024.
Develop a new cruise market
Developing a cruise market in China is high on every major cruise line’s list. China is widely seen as one of the markets with the greatest growth potential, and if successful, it could mean a substantial financial boost for Carnival Corporation.
That’s why Carnival Corporation doesn’t just help develop new cruise ships. The ultimate goal is to create a program that encompasses all operational capabilities such as marketing and sales operations, marine operations, hotel and product management, and new building management.
Yang Guobing, President of CSBC Carnival Cruises, said: “Cruise ships are not only an important carrier of a country strong in science and technology, manufacturing, marine and transportation, but also an important carrier of the quality of life of people. We will not forget our original intention to strengthen the localization capability of the entire Chinese cruise industry chain one step at a time and create a sustainable cruise ecosystem.
More emphasis will be placed on developing a “crew trainee recruitment program” which aims to establish a base of Chinese management and operations personnel.
Open the Chinese cruise market
In the United States, approximately 14 million people sailed aboard a cruise ship in 2017, aboard one of more than 100 cruise ships that call home each year in the country. In 2017, 3.6 million Chinese sailed on one of the few cruise ships from ports such as Hong Kong and Shanghai.
By 2030, that number is expected to reach nearly 10 million people cruising. With the demise of Star Cruises and Dream Cruises, the cruise industry has an open way to open up the biggest market in the world.
This is precisely what CSBC Carnival Cruises is aiming for. Besides the two Vista-class ships, the company also owns Costa Atlantica and Costa Mediterranea and expects many more ships to be built in record time once China reopens.
And that’s the only thing holding back growth right now. While lockdowns are still part of everyday life in many Chinese cities, the question is when will the billions of dollars in investments that Carnival, but also Royal Caribbeando will be chargeable.