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Carnival Miracle, Carnival Splendor Set Course for China

Cruise Line & Cruise Ship | Carnival Cruise Line | Jason Leppert | October 29, 2015

Carnival Miracle, Carnival Splendor Set Course for China

PHOTO: The Carnival Splendor, pictured, will head out to China a year after the Carnival Miracle. (Courtesy of Carnival Cruise Line)

China, China, China. It’s all the rage in the cruise industry right now, as Carnival Cruise Line details which two ships it will first send to the Asian region. Both set for year-round deployment, Carnival Miracle will head out in spring 2017, and Carnival Splendor will follow in spring 2018.

"Carnival is the world's most popular cruise line and our style of cruising appeals to guests of all ages and particularly families," said Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line. "We attract more than 4.5 million guests a year and, as the family cruise leader, we also carry more than 700,000 children each year. Multi-generational families also choose to vacation with Carnival more than any other cruise brand. We look forward to bringing our one-of-a-kind, exceptionally popular cruise experience to the Chinese market.”

Carnival, a leader in short duration cruises, will bring its signature fun-loving philosophy and likely 3-5 day sailings to the market. Specific itinerary details have yet to be announced. Referring to the participatory nature of its itineraries, Duffy added, “The team brings this experience to life for our guests on every cruise with a high level of respect, service and hospitality. We know this will resonate very well with our Chinese guests and allow us to exceed their expectations.”

Also providing attentive service will be a nearly two-to-one ratio of guests to crew onboard the spacious and newly enhanced 2,124-guest Carnival Miracle, outfitted with more than 60 percent balcony cabins. The ship is also prepared for all-weather conditions with a magrodome-covered pool.

Miracle’s recent enhancements include an added RedFrog Pub and Alchemy Bar, two of the line’s newest watering holes and hallmarks. Classic features like dedicated kids facilities, the Serenity deck exclusively for adult relaxation, and the steakhouse specialty restaurant are also featured onboard. Receiving additional customizations for the China market prior to its entry will be the casino, shops and dining venues.

As for the just over 3,000-guest Carnival Splendor, the larger vessel is not yet slated to receive any changes, but it also features all-weather and classic features such as four swimming pools, one magrodome-covered, seven whirlpools, a Serenity deck and different children’s clubs for various ages.

Carnival’s operation will be in conjunction with sister company Costa Asia, which has nine years of experience in the Chinese market. "Given the combined experience of Costa Asia, along with other sister companies either already in the market, such as Princess Cruises, or entering the market, such as AIDA, the collective scale of Carnival Corporation's Asia operations is unparalleled and enables us to tap into an immense network of resources and expertise as we launch our China program," said Duffy. 

Carnival’s first Chinese cruises onboard the Carnival Miracle are expected to go on sale starting in 2016.

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