Carnival China Cruise Shipping’s first new build was launched last week at Shanghai Waigaoqiao Shipbuilding Co., Ltd., a subsidiary of China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC).
“At Carnival, we are committed to supporting CSSC and our joint venture CSSC Carnival, which is the foundation of Carnival’s strategy in China,” said Arnold Donald, CEO of Carnival Corporation, in a video address celebrating the float out of the hull 1508.
“We are committed to making CSSC Carnival a successful and fully operational Chinese-flagged cruise line,” continued Donald.
The vessel is one of two vessels ordered for Carnival’s joint venture brand with CSSC, where Carnival is a minority partner. The brand will serve the Chinese domestic market and has already taken possession of the Costa Atlantica and the Costa Mediterranea.
The new vessel first hit the water in Shanghai and will now move on to an interior fit-out phase before delivery in 2023. A sister vessel will follow in 2024; there is an option for four additional ships on the contract.
New builds are on the Carnival Vista class platform, CSSC working in partnership with Fincantieri.