Carnival Corporation, Fincantieri, and CSSC, have signed a Memorandum of Agreement to build two new cruise ships for the Chinese market.
In an industry first, the ships will not only be designed for Chinese cruise passengers, but will also be built in China too, with an option to construct an additional four further ships.
Arnold Donald, CEO of Carnival Corporation, said: “We are proud to be able to order the first China-built cruise ships and play a leadership role in developing cruise shipbuilding capabilities for the first time in China, which represents another important milestone in building a sustainable and prosperous cruise industry, and demonstrates our commitment to helping China become a leading cruise market as part of its five-year economic development plan.”
The ships will be built at Shanghai’s Waigaoqiao ship yard, with the first cruise ship launching in 2023.
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