Carnival Corp. Launches New China-Based Cruise Line; Two Costa Ships to be Transferred
Carnival Corporation & plc today revealed that its new Chinese cruise brand CSSC Carnival Cruise Shipping Limited -- developed through its partnership with China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC) -- will launch this week, with a goal of operating cruises by late 2019 to serve the booming Asian cruise market. To build the CSSC Carnival Cruise Shipping Limited fleet, Carnival will deploy two vessels from its Costa Cruises brand. Carnival oversees Costa, Princess Cruises, P&O Cruises, Holland America Line and several other brands. The 2,210-passenger Costa Atlantica will be transferred to the new line in late 2019, while its 2,114-passenger sister ship Costa Mediterranea will follow at a date to be determined.
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COSTA ATLANTICA and COSTA MEDITERRANEA will be sold to a newly founded Joint Venture between China State Shipbuilding Corporation CSSC and Carnival Corporation. COSTA ATLANTICA to be transferred by end of 2019, COSTA MEDITERRANEA will follow one year later
Costa Starts First World Cruise Departing from China with Costa Atlantica
Guests at the event marking the world voyage included Michael Thamm, CEO of the Costa Crociere Group, government officials, trade partners, journalists, and passengers as the vessel set off on March 1, 2015 on its 86-day voyage. “This first world voyage by a cruise ship specially for the Chinese market marks a particular milestone for the Costa Group and the cruise industry in the rapid further development of our business in Asia. We will invest further in this and accelerate the development of these important markets for the future with innovative ideas and products. I wish the passengers on the Costa Atlantica a unique, eventful, exciting and simply wonderful cruise at this world premiere," said Thamm. The ship will take passengers across five continents, visiting 28 destinations in 18 countries. Some of the most fascinating places on earth are included in the itinerary: Maldives, Athens (Greece), Sicily island in Italy (with the call at Catania), Rome (Italy), Marseille (France), Barcelona (Spain), Lisbon (Portugal), a 3-day call at New York City (USA), Miami (USA), a 2-day call at Los Angeles (USA), then San Francisco (USA) and the Polynesian paradise islands of Maui and Hawaii. http://www.cruiseindustrynews.com/cruise-news/12276.htmlUpload News