Carnival Corporation’s first Chinese-built cruise ship floats
The very first large cruise ship built entirely in China reached a milestone this week by floating for the first time. The ship, known only as “Project # 1” for now, is expected to be completed by September 2023.
Various stakeholders attended the launching ceremony, while Arnold Donald, President and CEO of Carnival Corporation, which owns a minority stake in the new vessel, spoke via video broadcast.
The project takes an important step
The first large cruise ship ever built entirely inside mainland China was released this week on December 17 at the shipyard owned by Shanghai-based Waigaoqiao Shipbuilding Co. Ltd. The ship is being built as part of a CSSC and Fincantieri venture and is based on the Vista class ships built for Carnival Cruise Line.
The ceremony took place in the presence of various stakeholders from Fincantieri, CSSC, Lloyd’s Register and the Italian classification society RINA. Carnival Corporation CEO Arnold Donald spoke via video link on Carnival Corporation’s commitment to the company’s China strategy, making CSSC Carnival a successful and fully operational Chinese-flagged cruise line.
The 133,500 gross ton Vista-class cruise ship will now enter the final construction phase, which includes interior fittings, on-board systems completion, and is now well underway through final completion and delivery in September 2023.
Lei Fanpei, Party Secretary and Chairman of the Board of Directors of China Shipbuilding Group, and General Manager of the Large-Scale Cruise Ship Project spoke at the ceremony and said:
“We will do our utmost to ensure the success of the historic task and the ambitious goal of delivering the first production vessel on time and with high quality, and further contribute to the acceleration of the Chinese shipbuilding industry. at the World level. “
Hull H1508 at the Waigaoqiao Shipyard in Shanghai is the first of two 133,500 gross ton cruise ships based on the Vista Class Ships Sailing For Carnival Cruise Line, which will be launched by 2023 and will be able to accommodate 4,200 passengers. It is expected that four more ships will be built in the same shipyard when completed.
Carnival Corporation has been trying to break into the Chinese market for several years now, with efforts being slowed down by the coronavirus outbreak in 2019. Nonetheless, it is the world’s largest economy that, as of now, does not have an industry. fully operational cruises. For now, only a small number of ships operate in China, where only Star Cruises and Dream Cruises are the name local cruise lines that serve the Asian market.
Zheng Xuewu, chairman of China Tourism Group Co Ltd: “The Chinese cruise market is growing rapidly. In 2017, more than 3.6 million trips were made and this figure is expected to reach at least 10 million trips by 2030. “
In the United States, 13.79 million passengers have cruised aboard one of the more than 100 cruise ships operating in the United States. With 10 million passengers expected by 2030, Carnival Corporation’s growth potential is enormous.
CSSC (Carnival Cruise Shipping) already has two old Carnival ships in its fleet, which will soon enter service. These are the Costa Atlantica and the Costa Mediterranea. If all options for the new Vista class ships are taken, a new ship will be delivered each year until 2028.
A 6,500 passenger vessel is to be developed and built in China for delivery in 2025, although no buyers for the vessel have been disclosed so far.