The leisure travel company Carnival Corporation has announced the launch of a joint venture company called CSSC Carnival Cruise Shipping Limited that will be carried out together with the company China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC).
The new cruise company based in China aims to operate its own fleet to meet the demand of Chinese cruise passengers since the end of 2019.
Following the announcement made at the China International Import Expo in Shanghai, CSSC Carnival Cruise Shipping Limited announced an agreement to buy two existing ships of the Costa Group, belonging to the Carnival Corporation.
Thus, the Costa Atlantica cruise of 85,861 tons and capacity for 2,210 passengers will be transferred to the new Chinese line at the end of 2019; while its sister ship, Costa Mediterranea of 2,114 passengers, will be transferred on a date yet to be determined.
In addition, CSSC Carnival Cruise Shipping Limited has made public the signing of a contract to finalize a previously announced agreement for the construction of two new ships in China that will operate in this market.
The two new ships will be built by Shanghai Waigaoqiao Shipbuilding (SWS), a Chinese-owned shipyard located in Shanghai, which provides for the delivery of the first ship in 2023.
This agreement also gives CSSC Carnival Cruise Shipping Limited the possibility of ordering another four additional ships to meet the growing demand in the Chinese market.