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Carnival Adding New Cruise Ship to China Year-Round in 2017

Cruise Line & Cruise Ship | Carnival Cruise Line | Donald Wood | May 06, 2015

Carnival Adding New Cruise Ship to China Year-Round in 2017

China is one of the key markets in the world’s economy, and Carnival Corporation & plc is focusing more on the Asian country by announcing its newest ship will be the first cruise vessel specifically designed to be stationed in China and cater to Chinese consumers.

According to Carnival, the unnamed ship in the Princess Cruises fleet is still under construction, but will be introduced in the summer of 2017. The ship will be stationed in Shanghai, China, and will provide year-round trips for the Chinese market.

It will be the first year-round international luxury vessel designed and built specifically for passengers from China. The ship itself will be based off the designs of the Royal Princess and Regal Princess, and will be able to transport approximately 3,600 guests.

Princess Cruises president, Jan Swartz, released a statement about the decision to station the new ship in China and how the company is trying to cater to the Chinese consumer:

“Deploying our next new ship in China underscores our strong commitment to growing the China cruise market and providing discerning travelers with amazing vacation experiences at sea… And as this ship is still in the design phase we are looking forward to creating other new and exciting venues and experiences catering to the Chinese vacationer, which we will reveal in the coming months.”

The yet-to-be-named ship will have plenty of amenities to appease even the most fickle travelers, including a multi-story atrium that will act as the centerpiece of the activities on board.

In addition, passengers will be treated to plentiful options in fine dining, there will be music shows and Movies Under the Stars featuring the largest outdoor screen at sea.

Of all the amenities the ship will be equipped with, the most intriguing will be the SeaWalk, a top-deck glass-bottomed walkway extending 28 feet beyond the edge of the ship. The unique experience will allow passengers to feel closer than ever to the majesty of the open ocean.

This won’t be Carnival’s first venture into the Chinese market, though, as the Sapphire Princess was based in Shanghai last year. The Sapphire Princess will be returning for a second China season from June 4 to October 2015.

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